The rules of our competition have been developed on the basis of the rules of the GBOB, which have been checked over the years. However, there are a few fundamental differences.



Please read the details of each condition: Bands with two to six members, unless otherwise approved by the organizers. Adding additional band members after registration is prohibited without the consent of the organizers. Replacing more than one-third of band members is likewise prohibited without the consent of the organizers.

All musicians must be under the age of 18. At the end of the acceptance of applications, every musician in the band must be must be older than 6 and under 18 years of age.

Bands signed or unsigned to management, publishing and/or record companies.

Bands with covers or original songs. Original songs will be a great plus, but this is not a prerequisite. Instead you can perform interesting version of favorite song.

Bands playing any kind of music. All kinds of musical styles and songs are welcome in the competition.


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We will contact you, let you know if your team is going through or not, and will provide more information on the terms of the competition.

All bands registering for the competition must already have read and accepted the Rules of the competition.

All participating bands must have agreed to give School Bands Battle permission to use their name, image, songs, and video played in the competition for promotional purposes.


School Bands Battle Live Competitions are at most a three-step process:

Local Qualifying Concerts

National Final

World Final

Minimum one responsible parent or legal guardian must accompany the band members to the concert.

Equipment and Effects

Here are the guidelines for equipment used during live competition events: At any point in the competition, all bands must use the same backline equipment, drum kits, and be assisted by the same stage crew.

The organizers will provide high quality sound and lighting system, which all the bands will use.

The organizers will also provide all drums, bass and guitar amplifiers, microphones, monitors and backline equipment used in all School Bands Battle events, as well as all sound & lighting engineers and all necessary stage crew.

Band members will use their personal instruments such as guitars, basses and keyboards as well as any effects pedals etc. Drummers will bring their own bass drum pedal and drumsticks.

Keyboards and any special equipment – other than personal instruments such as guitars – will be placed on stage before the concert begins and will remain there until the end of the concert.

Onstage Time and Conduct

Generally, this is how the program during the competition is organized. However, it may be different for each country, depending on the National Director of the country.

Playing order is determined by a draw of lots usually a day before the competition. This rule applies to all competition levels.

Bands with a left-handed drummer will play either first or last on the bill. To keep changeover times to a minimum.

Bands will play two songs each. The total playing time for each band must not exceed 8 minutes. This rule applies to all competition levels.

All bands must play live. It is not permitted to use pre-recorded sound material or backing tracks. Exceptions can be made if the backing track serves only as minor special effects or an enhancer to the main live sound of the band. Important: All bands wishing to use backing tracks must first submit the backing tracks and songs to be used to the organisor in your country at least one week before the live competitions.

Bands going beyond their allotted playing time may be faded out and/or deducted points. Bands that miss their allotted on-stage time may be disqualified. If any band misses their allotted sound check or on-stage slot in a National Final or a World Final the organizers will make all efforts to fit them in elsewhere. However, if this is not possible the band is liable to be disqualified from the competition.

If there are many teams of different ages, the National Organizer may decide that their performances will be evaluated separately. For example: 6-11 years old, 12-14 years old, 15-17 years old. Representatives of each of the categories have to reach the national finals, one team of each age categories will enter the world finals.

Winning Decision based on 50% Audience Vote, 50% Judges Decision. The organizers will appoint three or more respected figures from the music business to act as Judges during Local Qualifying Concerts, National and World Finals. Members of audience can also use their ticket or voting slip to vote for their favorite band/bands. When the votes have been counted, the final result will represent 50% the view of the audience and 50% the view of the panel of judges. If there is a tie for first place or any other place the judges’ choice will be given precedence.

Local Qualifying Concerts

By February 1, the dates of qualifying concerts are announced. If there are not enough participants in your city, a qualifying concert will not be held and your team gets on the online poll (or you can ask to join qualifying concert in another city).

The teams that got in the online voting will be placed in a special section on our site. According to the results of online voting, the best of them will be able to get into the national finals bypassing the qualifying concert. All members of the online voting will also be judged by the jury.

Please note that the School Bands Battle Competition Rules at Local and National Levels can be different from country to country, depending on local laws, partners, culture, and others.

No Sound Check. There will be no sound check in Local Qualifying Concerts or combined one-off Local Qualifying Concerts/National Finals. Only the band due first on stage will be given a brief sound check to check the equipment.

National Final

6-Minute Sound Check Per Band. All bands taking part in a National Final, if possible, will be given a 6-minute sound check.

Sound checks will be allotted in reverse to the playing order, which means the band last on stage does the first sound check and the band first on stage does the last sound check.

Approximate times for sound checks and on-stage times will be given to each band.


Accommodation and the travel costs of getting a National Finalist winning band to the World Final must be covered by them own. Any excess baggage charges incurred will be the responsibility of the band.

All bands taking part in the World Final will be given a 12-minute sound check. Sound checks will be allotted in reverse to the playing order, which means the band playing last on stage will do the first sound check and the band first on stage will do the last sound check.

Approximate times for sound checks and on-stage times will be given to each band.


Can solo artists enter?

No. The competition is open to bands with two to eight members. However, solo artists can put together a band for the competition if they wish

Will we have to sign any kind of contract?

No; We only ask all participating bands to give School Bands Battle permission to use their name, image, songs, and videos for promotional purposes only.

Will there be important music industry people at the contests?

We always invite record company executives, management companies, members of the press and other music industry professionals to our events

Why can’t we play for longer?

School Bands Battle competitions are designed to be fast-paced and exciting. This makes it more entertaining for the audience as it never gets boring. If exposure is what you are after, a good record company A&R man will know how good a band is after one or two songs and they will certainly check out one of your own gigs if they want to hear more. The hardest thing is to attract their attention in the first place.

Can we use our own amplifiers and drums?

No. The organisers will provide the complete back line, including a variety of amplifiers. Any special equipment must be set up on stage before the concert starts and remain on stage until the concert is over. Any equipment on the stage must be available for use by any of the bands. You must use your own personal instruments (guitars and keyboards etc.) and drummers must bring their own bass drum pedal. You can also use your own effect pedals.

What kind of back line equipment will be provided?

The kind of equipment that the majority of bands prefer and are probably used to: Marshall, Fender and Ampeg amplifiers and top name drum kits etc.

Can we play cover songs?

Yes. But it allways more interesting to listen to original compositions.

Can we play instrumentals?


Can we bring our own sound engineer?

Yes, but he will only be there as an advisor to inform the organisers’ sound engineer where solos etc come in the songs and any other special requirements

Can we bring our own lighting engineer?

No. The organizers will provide all lighting technicians

Can we bring our own road crew?

No. The organizers will supply all necessary stage crew

Can we bring our own backdrop?