We require that you return a signed copy of the Show Registration Form along with your Hosting Fee (See Show Host Fee Schedule on Registration Form) to our Main Office no later than July 1st each year. If you are late in submitting your approval forms and/or fee, you risk losing FMBC sanction for your show.
Changes to your show details made after August 1st should be submitted directly to the FMBC Technical Director via e-mail rather than by updating your show submittal to insure the most timely processing by FMBC.
For your future reference, a request for a new show weekend does not necessarily mean the FMBC will approve the new date and sanction your show as an FMBC Regional, especially if there is a conflict with another show in your area on that weekend. We do not wish to exert undue control of your show date selection, but we want to be as fair as possible to other shows in your area, so that all FMBC Regional Shows can be successful.
If in a future year, you wish to take a one year 'bye,' this decision must have been made and approved prior to July 1st of that year. Requests for a one-year bye are usually approved by FMBC. Please consult the FMBC Rules and Regulations for more detailed information.
CONFLICTS IN DATES
Shows have priority based on their prior year dates and their seniority with FMBC.
When the director of a band with a show with lower seniority requests a new show date that results in a potential overlap with another show with higher seniority in the immediate geographic area, we suggest the director first attempt a compromise with the other school.
A sample of a workable solution (which was used successfully with Cypress Lake and Mariner a few years back), was for one show in the area to operate in the morning (and early afternoon), and the other nearby show to operate in late afternoon and evening. The two shows were able to share the cost of adjudicator travel, as several of the same adjudicators evaluated both shows, but on different captions.
Participating bands in the morning show really enjoyed performing in the cooler morning weather, and students and directors of bands that chose to attend both shows appreciated only having to commit one Saturday to band while enjoying the benefits of two performances and two professional evaluations. This approach keeps costs down for both the host bands and the participants, while enabling many schools to attend both shows.
HINT - in the midwest it is common practice for a school to compete in the morning, have a picnic lunch at a local park, and then use a local high school or park football field (reserved in advance of course) for an afternoon rehearsal, and compete again at another show in the evening.
SANCTIONING AN FMBC
REGIONAL IN FUTURE YEARS
Show hosts that experienced difficulty in coordinating their FMBC show for any reason, especially if the difficulty resulted in an adverse situation for the show participants, as well as shows that were cancelled for any reason other than weather-related issues will not be permitted to host a show in the following year. In addition these shows lose their FMBC seniority.
If these directors wish to host an FMBC Regional Show in the future, they must re-apply to FMBC. They will be placed in the 'que' for consideration in future years.