DIRECTORS and JUDGES SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED A SCHEDULE VIA E-MAIL on SEPTEMBER 22nd. Please contact Mr. Garner if you have not received your schedule.
Greetings! We would be honored to host your group at the 10th Annual Pirate Classic on October 4th at Estes-Hudson Stadium in Winfield, Alabama!
If you have not attended the Pirate Classic before, this will be an excellent year to see what we have to offer! The primary judging philosophy will be centered on your effectiveness in executing your performance, not the style of performance you choose to execute. This means that you will not have points deducted from your score for failing to conform to a certain type of performance. NEW this year! Clinics will be offered for Majorettes, Dance Teams, and Color Guard units. The University of Alabama's Alta Marea Winter Guard staff, including Brandy Keeton (also a former Crimsonette) and Steve Simpson (also the Assistant Director for the Million Dollar Band), will direct the twenty-minute clinics (which will be held immediately after your group performs).
The following captions (two or more members except DM) will be judged:
Drum Major - Amber Butte
Color Guard - Jennifer Langley
Majorette - Dianne Richards
Dance Team - Dianne Richards
Percussion - Richard Adams
Band -John Bradley, Harry McAfee, Kevin Thomas
Classifications (Winds + Perc)
Caption and Overall Ratings
Bands will perform in order from the smallest to largest. Any band may choose to move to a larger classification. Classifications may be combined, with the consent of the directors in each class, depending upon the number of registrants. Bands with the same combined number of winds and percussion will be scheduled based on the order in which their registration is received, with the earliest received being given the choice as to the order in which they will perform. Special accommodations regarding scheduling can be made if necessary due to an unavoidable conflict (for example, if several of your students have an evening event and you need to perform earlier than where you would be scheduled otherwise). Seating will be determined based on registration order.
Band and Caption Awards
Best in Class
Jackie Harrington Memorial All Superiors
Pirate Classic Grand Champion
Trophies will be awarded to all bands and captions that receive a Superior or Excellent Rating. Best in Class trophies will be awarded for bands in each class regardless of the number of groups within the class and will be based on the three band caption scores. Best in Class trophies will be awarded for captions as long as there are two or more of that caption within the class and as long as there are two or more students that make up that caption. The Best General Effect award will go to the band with the highest general effect score. The Jackie Harrington Memorial Grand Grand Champion award will go to the band with the highest overall score (all captions averaged together). This award was renamed this year after the passing of former Assistant Director and longtime Pirate Band supporter Jackie Harrington.
Any band or caption may be entered as comments only. Once the competition has started, however, this cannot be changed. As we fill out our judges panel (with some judges having already been confirmed), this information will be updated on the registration website.
All announced staff will be given a badge for free entry. Chaperones will be admitted for free at a ratio of 10:1 (students to chaperones). Students and drivers will also be admitted free of charge. Children 5 and under will get in free. Admission for all other attendees is $5. Priority parking at Estes Hudson Stadium is also $5 per vehicle.
Hospitality rooms will be provided for announced band staff, their spouses, and bus drivers. We will offer a full selection of homemade snacks and drinks throughout the day. Supper will be provided for announced band staff, their spouses, and bus drivers during the supper break.
A fully stocked concession stand will be available throughout the entire day. Concessions prices will be posted as soon as possible.
Visual Group Clinics
NEW this year! Clinics will be offered for Majorettes, Dance Teams, and Color Guard units. The University of Alabama's Alta Marea Winter Guard staff, including Brandy Keeton (also a former Crimsonette) and Steven Simpson (also the Assistant Director for the Million Dollar Band), will direct the twenty-minute clinics (which will be held immediately after your group performs). This is an excellent opportunity for your group to get high quality, individualized instruction based on their competition performance. The optional clinics are $50 per partcipating visual group.
In order to register, go to http://pirateclassic.eventbrite.com. Click the green Register button. Complete all of the fields and check any "Register for Clinic" boxes that apply for your visual groups, then click “Complete Order” at the bottom of the form. You can then either print your “ticket” (your registration form) directly from the website, or you can do so from your e-mail. This should be mailed, along with your $85 registration fee and any applicable clinic fees, to:
232 Pirate Cove
Winfield, AL 35594
And that’s all there is to it! You can also update your group information at any time.
I cannot express how excited we are to host your group, and we have already put an enormous amount of work into this competition in order to make it a success. If you would like to ask any questions regarding the competition whatsoever, please contact me whenever is convenient for you.
When & Where
Winfield Pirate Band
Nathan Garner - Band Director
Meredith Reaves - Assistant Band Director
Jeff Long - Band Booster President
Pirate Classic Chairperson - TBA