Competition Rules

Musicians
Where “musician” is being mentioned, it does not include the conductor of the participating band.

  1. Each musician may perform with only one of the participating bands, regardless of division.
  2. Every musician will be deemed as representative of participating band’s organisation. Participating band will be required to take responsibility for the behaviour of its musicians.
  3. Each band may have between 25 to 75 musicians for Division 1,2A, 2B, 3 and up to 90 musicians for Open Division.
  4. Professional musician is defined as those who perform, conduct or teach music as a profession, on a full-time or part-time basis. Those who have received tertiary education in music but has not been performing, conducting or teaching music as a profession for more than a year would not be considered to fall under the category of professional musician for this purpose.

Age Limit and Professional Musicians

Division 3

  1. All musicians performing in competition must be current primary/ elementary school pupil.
  2. No restriction for musicians who join the band for other activities in SIBF

Division 2A and 2B

  1. All musicians performing in competition must be 18 years old or below (i.e. born in or after 1998).
  2. No professional musicians allowed for competition.
  3. No restriction for musicians who join the band for other activities in SIBF

Division 1

  1. No age limit on musicians.
  2. No professional musicians allowed for competition
  3. No restriction for musicians who join the band for other activities in SIBF

Open Division

  1. No age limit on musicians.
  2. No limit on professional musicians.

Instruments Allowed
Basic percussion instruments are provided for Competition and will be set on stage. Bands are allowed to bring and use own percussion instruments without removing large instruments from its original stage position.
Space constraints on stage must be taken into consideration should band decide to use own instrument.

Participating bands may use any of the following instruments in the competition: Piccolo, Flutes, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinets, Bassoons, Saxophones, Horns, Trumpets, Cornets, Flugelhorn, Trombones, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba, Cello, Double Bass, Timpani, Percussion, Harp, Piano, Electric Bass, Synthesizer (only for replacement of instruments, e.g. Celesta, Harp or when indicated by composer) and any instruments as indicated on the score.

Bands performing in Esplanade Concert Hall may use the organ, however, cost of using the organ will be fully borne by participating band, in addition to participation fees.

Music & Performance Time Limit
Participating bands are advised to perform contrasting works that has a significant level of technical difficulty and musical depth, which can best display their band’s performance ability.

Required music prescribed list will be announced at a later date.
Grade of choice music will be as stated by the publisher
Music duration timing will start on the first beat of music and continues till end of performance.
Stage time will start when first musician step onto stage and continue until last person leaves the stage.

Division 3

  1. No required music.
  2. Band must perform at least 2 pieces of choice music that adds up to a minimum of 6 minutes performance time.
  3. There is not restriction on the grade of music.
  4. Band may perform more than 2 pieces or longer than 6 minutes but will only be allowed a maximum of 15 minutes on stage, including performance and all necessary instruments and musicians’ stage movement.

Division 2B

  1. Band will need to perform 1 piece of required music and at least 1 piece of choice music that adds up to a total performance time of at least 8 minutes.
  2. Choice piece music must be grade 3 or below.
  3. Band may perform more than 2 pieces or longer than 8 minutes but will only be allowed a maximum of 15 minutes on stage, including performance and all necessary instruments and musicians’ stage movement.

Division 2A

  1. Band will need to perform 1 piece of required music and at least 1 piece of choice music that adds up to a total performance time of at least 10 minutes.
  2. Choice piece music must be grade 4 or below.
  3. Band may perform more than 2 pieces or longer than 10 minutes but will only be allowed a maximum of 20 minutes on stage, including performance and all necessary instruments and musicians’ stage movement.

Division 1

  1. Band will need to perform 1 piece of required music and at least 1 piece of choice music that adds up to a total performance time of at least 15 minutes.
  2. Choice piece music must be grade 4 or above.
  3. Band may perform longer than 15 minutes but will only be allowed a maximum of 25 minutes on stage, including performance and all necessary instruments and musicians’ stage movement.

Open Division

  1. Band will need to choose 1 piece of required music and choice music that adds up to a total performance time of at least 40 minutes.
  2. There is no limitation on grade of choice music; bands should consider the full performance programme as a whole.
  3. Choice of music literature will be one of the adjudication criteria for this Division.
  4. Band may perform longer than 40 minutes but will only be allowed a maximum of 50 minutes on stage, including performance and all necessary instruments and musicians’ stage movement.