How it Works

  1. The Playhouse BandJam competition is open to area Middle School and High School bands. You do not need to attend Ridgefield Schools to participate.
  2. Bands will be grouped in two categories:
    • High School (grades 9-12)
    • Middle School (grades 6-8)
  3. Each band will be entered in the category linked to the oldest member of the band.
  4. Bands must include at least three members and no more than eight.
  5. One key contact must be designated by the band to complete the official entry form.
  6. A total of 16 semi-finalists (8 High School Bands and 8 Middle School Bands) will be selected by a panel of judges from among all submissions received.
    • The 16 semi-finalist bands will be required to play one live song at the Playhouse before a panel of judges.
    • High School bands will audition on March 13, 2017 at 7PM.
    • Middle School bands will audition on March 14, 2017 at 7PM.
    • Audition song played can be a cover or original.
    • Drums and amplification will be provided.
  7. Four finalists will be selected from the High School and Middle School bands to perform in the finals.
  8. Each band will play two songs: At least one must be a cover tune.
    • IMPORTANT: Music may not include any inappropriate language or message. Final approval of songs will be at the discretion of the judges.
  9. Prior to performance, each band will be required to rehearse with musical director David Morgan from the Music Shed in Redding, CT.
  10. Finalist performances will take place on Sunday, April 30, 2017 starting at 4:00PM ET at the Ridgefield Playhouse. Finalists will be judged by a panel of celebrity and industry professionals whose decisions are final based on the following criteria:
    • Musicianship
    • Quality of sound
    • Showmanship
    See Official Rules for details
  11. Prize Packages (Subject to change):

    Middle School and High School Category Winners will each receive:

    • (1) $500 Guitar Center Gift Certificate
    • (1) Rock Show Membership for a five piece band which includes (4) 2 hour sessions for 1 month (ARV: $660)
    • (1) Two hours of studio time from the Enchanted Garden Studios (ARV: $750)
    • (1) $50 Ridgefield Music Gift Certificate
    • Band name inscribed on the Ridgefield BandJam Plaque displayed in the lobby of the Playhouse.
    • Bragging rights as 2017 BandJam winners!

    (8) Semi-Finalist Band Prizes:

    • Each Semi-Finalist band will receive a 1-hour preparation studio session with Musical Director and recording artist David Morgan from the Music Shed located in Redding, CT. Time & date of session to be coordinated by David Morgan.