The Iowa High School Music Association is doing some state competitions differently this year due to the pandemic.

Executive Director Alan Greiner says the state marching band competition has switched from the traditional in-person format to a virtual platform. He tells Raccoon Valley Radio high school bands have until tomorrow to submit a recording of their performance for an adjudicated panel of judges to critique and provide ratings. Greiner talks about how the entries must be recorded and the judging process.

“It is strictly a single-shot camera, wide-angle, full-field view from the press box. We have a system in place that allows the judges to review these comments from a very controlled and tight site that’s designed for this purpose, where they can review the recording. The recording is then destroyed, but they can then provide their commentary of that performance and their feedback.”

Greiner says even though the state marching band competitions are being done differently this year, it still provides a way to give an educational aspect, while also providing a way for the students to perform. He adds that results will be posted live as soon as judges are done reviewing the entries on their website Saturday. Click the link below to review the results. To hear more from Greiner about this, individual all-state auditions, and COVID-19 guidance regarding live streaming concerts, listen to today’s Community State Bank in Paton Let’s Talk Greene County program.