Band Olympics Official Rules
Percussionists may only compete on the bells. On timed events, mistakes will add 2 seconds to the overall time. Any individual performing an event with 0 (zero) errors will have 5 seconds deducted from their overall time. All jumping events must be done in one breath, except for the triple jump, which can be done in three breaths.
Events, Rules, and Demo Videos
- Long Jump – One team member will play any note as long as possible on one breath. Percussionists wanting to participate in this event must sing a single pitch on “LA.” Watch Long Jump demo video.
- High Jump – One team member will play as many notes from the fingering chart on pages 46-47 as possible. The student will start on any low note and go up one note at a time until he/she cannot go any higher. This is NOT a timed event, but it must be done in one breath. Percussionists are not eligible to compete in this event. Watch High Jump demo video.
- Triple Jump – One team member will play lines 119, 121, and 123 on page 24. This is a timed event, and it must be done in only three breaths. Rhythm doesn’t matter — errors will be counted for missed notes and inaccurate slurring/tonguing. If you are unable to finish all three lines in three breaths, errors will be counted for all notes not played. Percussionists are not eligible to compete in this event. Watch Triple Jump demo video. (It says “High Jump Demo,” on the video, but it really is the Triple Jump Demo).
- 100m – One team member will play line #179 on page 35. This is a timed event. Errors will be counted for missed notes, rhythms, and inaccurate slurring/tonguing. Watch 100m demo video.
- 400m – One team member will play line #2 on pages 40-41 starting with the bottom right and continuing clockwise around the pages. This is a timed event and rhythm doesn’t matter — errors will be counted for notes and articulations. Watch 400m demo video.
- Triathlon – One team member will play lines 168 (p. 32), 174 (p. 33) and 181 (p. 35). This is a timed event. Line 168 is to be performed with the correct notes and rhythm. For line 174, notes matter but rhythm doesn’t. For line 181, rhythm matters, but notes don’t. No errors will be counted for inaccurate slurring/tonguing. Watch triathlon demo video.