How it Works
- The Playhouse BandJam competition is open to area Middle School and High School bands. You do not need to attend Ridgefield Schools to participate.
- Bands will be grouped in two categories:
- High School (grades 9-12)
- Middle School (grades 6-8)
- Each band will be entered in the category linked to the oldest member of the band.
- Bands must include at least three members and no more than eight.
- One key contact must be designated by the band to complete the official entry form.
- 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.
- Four finalists will be selected from the High School and Middle School bands to perform in the finals.
- 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.
- Prior to performance, each band will be required to rehearse with musical director David Morgan from the Music Shed in Redding, CT.
- 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:
- Quality of sound
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.