The DINKLES Spirit of Band Award has been created to acknowledge the band whose students and parents best exemplify School Pride, Friendship, Creativity, Camaraderie and Good Sportsmanship.
Through the Spirit of Band Award, DINKLES encourages band members and boosters to celebrate the fun, friendship of marching band in 2014 as the Spirit of Band Award is expanded to events across the country.
To qualify to present the DINKLES Spirit of Band Award at your marching band competition, the band director, booster representative or host organization will need to register to make their event an official Spirit of Band designated competition or festival.
Upon completion of your event, hosts are asked to submit photos of the award ceremony with Spirit of Band award winners, the name(s) of the winning high school(s), along with a few images from the Spirit of Band competition exemplifying the traits of the bands outlined by the Award.
DINKLES provides the following to Spirit of Band designated events:
- Rights to use the DINKLES name and logo for the Spirit of Band Award
- Trophy(s) to be presented at each event
- Score sheets to judge each band
- Digital flyers to assist in the promotion of the Spirit of Band Award and the host event.
DINKLES offers a few ways to adjudicate the Spirit of Band Award at your event:
Popular Vote: By using a paper ballot or even a mobile technology application, the Spirit of Band Award can be presented to the band accumulating the largest number of votes in a given period.
Host bands can use the Spirit of Band Award as a fundraiser as well by charging a nominal amount ($1) for each ballot cast.
Adjudication: By having an individual or group of individuals rate the bands on their enthusiasm and conduct on the field, off the field and in the stands, the Spirit of Band Award is presented to the bands that score the highest in the judged categories.
Fan Vote: By having the audience vote by applause, the winner of the Spirit of Band Award can be chosen by a version of a popular vote without having ballots. The key to a fan-based applause voting system is having a very energetic and engaged public address announcer.
Download the Spirit of Band Award adjudication score sheet of categories, descriptions and items for adjudicators to evaluate each band’s achievement in the Spirit of Band Award categories.
Adjudication can be done privately or publicly depending on the host organization’s preference. Tabulation of the scores should be completed by the Awards Ceremony in order to be included in the Presentation.