CAWS, Inc.    Frequently Asked Questions About Festivals

  • When will I know our performance times?
  • What day are your performances scheduled?
  • What kind of payment schedule do you offer?
  • How many adjudicators do we have rating us?
  • Do you offer a clinic for participating performing groups?
  • Where is your Awards Ceremony held?
  • What kinds of groups can participate?
  • What do you provide at the performance site?
  • Do you also provide assistance with hotels, meals, transportation, & touring?
  • Can you get show, concert, or sports event tickets for us?
  • What do you offer if we do not want a competitive festival?
  • What are the performance requirements?



    When will I know our performance times?
      Performance schedules are set approximately three weeks prior to a festival date on a first come, first serve basis.
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    What day are your performances scheduled?
      Depending on the site selected, either Friday or Saturday.
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    What kind of payment schedule do you offer?
      Travel and Festival costs are broken into three payments based on the dates that your activities require payment. The final payment is four weeks prior to your travel date.
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    How many adjudicators do we have rating us?
      There are three adjudicators at CAWS Festivals.
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    Do you offer a clinic for participating performing groups?
      A working clinic is offered to each performing group by one of the adjudicators.
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    Where is your Awards Ceremony held?
      The Awards Ceremony varies from city to city.
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    What kinds of groups can participate?
      Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Indoor Guard, Team Twirling, Parade Review, Concert Choir, Madrigal Choir, Jazz Choir, Show Choir, Women's Choir, and Men's Choir.
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    What do you provide at the performance site?
      CAWS provides chairs, stands, bass drum, 3 timpani, and piano. Choral risers and chimes are available at certain locations. Additional percussion is often available upon request.
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    Do you also provide assistance with hotels, meals, transportation, & touring?
      Yes, please call our office as early as possible for these requests, or fill out our Online Quote Request Form now, for a quick response.
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    Can you get show, concert, or sports event tickets for us?
      Yes, please request this information when you request your free price quote.
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    What do you offer if we do not want a competitive festival?
      You can enter a CAWS festival as a non-competitive group or you may be interested in our non-competitive festivals, MUSICAL CAROUSEL. In addition, we can arrange for public performance opportunities or arrange for a clinician to work with your group while on tour.
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    What are the performance requirements?
      At all CAWS Festivals, competitive groups are required to select a grade level of music from their state graded list.
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    Phone: 518-644-9391    Fax: 518-644-2634


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