Q: How are bands given a particular time slot?
A: Bands are placed first in their general (morning/afternoon) time slots, and then placed more specifically by their travel time distance to Indianola. If a band has a particular need, Dr. Camwell does what he can to accommodate them when possible. If bands would like to trade time slots, that is often just fine, providing Dr. Camwell is notified about this!
Q: What ballot do you use?
A: We use the Iowa Jazz Championship ballot.
Q: Do you have official soloist and tune information sheets to fill out for the judges?
A: YES, and it is located here. Please print three copies and bring with you to the performance space.
Q: It says online that bands need to submit their selections and personnel. Does that need to be done before the day-of? Or should we just bring copies with us? Where should the be sent/saved?
A: No need for any of that. Just bring with you and hand three copies to the judges when you enter the hall.
Q: Can we use your percussion gear/Vibes?
A: I always wonder why anyone would want to bring all their heavy rhythm section equipment! Bands are welcome to use our vibes, drums, piano (grand), bass and guitar amps. Please let us know in advance, and realize that we do not have duplicates of everything (vibes, for example) so you may not have all percussion gear for your warm up room. Everything will be available on the performance stage though.
Q: Where do we warm up?
A: Bands are allowed to warm up in the SC Band Room (Harris Hall) 30 minutes before they perform. There is a drum set, piano, bass, and guitar amps there that are available to be used.
Q: Where do the busses go?
A: Busses can drop off students and gear on Buxton Avenue, between Smith Chapel and the Music Building. (Look for a set of large glass doors that lead into the Music Building.) You will be met by a greeter who will show you where to go. Busses MAY NOT idle on the street while waiting to pick up students. They must wait at the Goodwill Parking Lot that is one block SE away from the Music Building. Drivers are to wait there until the Band Director calls them via cell phone to pick up the students. Here is a map that should help.
Q: Is there a time limit for our performance?
A: Bands have 25 minutes on stage, which includes a clinic onstage with one of the judges. Your length of your performance directly affects the length of your clinic. You may choose to play for the entire 25 minutes, but be aware you will not be given extra time. Most bands play three pieces for approximately 15 minutes, and then receive a 10 minute clinic on stage.
Q: How do we get to Simpson?
A: The address of Simpson College is 701. N. C Street, Indianola, IA. The map of the school can be found HERE.
Q: Where to the bands perform?
Q: What recordings do we get?
A: You will receive one audio file of your performance. Directors will be emailed a link to this file, as well the audio files that contain the judges' comments that have been made by digital recorders.
Q: Is there an admission fee for family and friends to hear the bands?
A: There is a $4 fee per day to hear any and all of the bands in competition that day. 100% of these funds go to our Simpson College IBA student chapter to bring in guest speakers, attend conferences etc.
Q: Where can our students eat?
A: Many food establishments are just blocks away from the music building. There is also the brand new SC Student Center, which is on the NW quadrant of the campus. It houses many food options, as well as a Starbucks coffee house.
Q: When are awards announced?
A: 1A and 2A awards are given out usually around mid-day after all bands in those classes have competed. 3A and 4A awards are handed out after the Simpson College Jazz Ensemble performs with the judges at the end of the day, usually around 6:30PM.
Q: Due to weather and/or mechanical issues, we were unable to attend the festival. Can we have a refund?
A: As stated on the "Admin & Forms" portion of this website, please note that there will be no refunds due to weather or mechanical difficulties. Of course, if we are able to reschedule a band, we will. Regrettably, requests of this type are typically highly problematic and unlikely to be accommodated.