Sweepstakes Awards are presented just prior to the TBA Hall of Fame Concert during the TMEA State Professional Development Conference.

The Tennessee Bandmasters Association presents the Sweepstakes Award to TBA members whose bands have met the following criteria during the previous school year:

High School Bands: A Superior rating is required in Marching, Concert, and Sight-reading. Band programs with more than one performing ensemble must receive superior ratings for the top ensemble in order to be eligible for the Sweepstakes Award. Only a Superior Award earned in a competition using the TBA Marching Band Evaluation System can be cited as a qualification for the Sweepstakes Award.

If a high school does not have a marching band, then the middle school criteria apply.

Middle School Bands: A Superior rating is required in concert and sight-reading. Additionally, 50% of the band’s enrollment must participate in the regional solo and ensemble performance assessment, with 50% of those participating receiving a superior rating.

Only events sponsored by the regional associations (WTSBOA, MTSBOA, ETSBOA) are acceptable for qualifying for this award. If a regional association does not sponsor one of these events, a privately sponsored event may be substituted.

Expansion Criteria:

High School programs WITH Marching Bands:
Any event taking place in the Fall semester will substitute for the Marching Band criteria. 
Any event taking place in the Spring semester will substitute for the Concert Festival criteria.
Middle Schools and High Schools WITHOUT Marching Bands:
Any event may take the place of Solo/Ensemble OR Concert Festival, but not both
The Midwest Clinic
Music for All National Concert Festival
Music for All Regional Concert Festival
Grand National Adjudicators Invitational (Superior rating)
TMEA State Convention
CBDNA National/Regional Convention
NBA National/Regional Convention
ABA National/Regional Convention
ASBDA National/Regional Convention
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Tournament of Roses Parade
BOA Grand Nationals (Superior rating)
BOA Super Regional (Superior rating)
USBands National Championship (Superior rating)
High-Stepping Nationals  (Superior rating)
Any Director wishing to use an event not listed here as a substitute for normal Sweepstakes criteria 
will be required to submit a request to the TBA Board. The decision of the TBA Board will be final.

To apply for the sweepstakes award, complete the Google form linked here no later than March 8.

In lieu of your principal’s signature on a paper document, your principal must send the following from his/her school email account  to TBA Awards Chair Brock Cobb: brock.cobb@cmcss.net

I attest that the [school name] band program meets all qualifications for the TBA Sweepstakes Award as set forth by the Tennessee Bandmasters Association.

[Principal’s Name] Principal
[school name]

Be sure to insert the appropriate information specific to your school in the [bracketed spaces]

This information also appears in the Google Form.