FAQ’s for the 2022 Season

FAQ’s for the 2022 Season

Want to know something about the CDA 2022 Virtual Competitions? Take a look at our list of frequently asked questions to find out the answers to our most common queries.

How do I enter my ensemble?

There is a dropdown window in our ensemble registration form allowing you to choose the events you would like to participate in. Should your province have a virtual event,  a CDA board member will contact you with a link to a Google folder where you will upload your finished drumline video performance, and the description of your drumline, which will appear in the description field of your video on the CDA YouTube page.

Does my ensemble qualify?

The 2022 events are open to all CDA member ensembles with performers in grade 12 or lower. Each event requires a competition fee of $100 per ensemble. Multiple ensembles from the same school may share our annual $100 membership fee. All CDA ensembles must have a minimum of 6 performers. Soloists must be members of a registered/registering 2022 CDA ensemble, and a competition fee of $20 is required for each soloist performer. 

What is an “off-the-floor” performance? (virtual)

An off-the-floor performance is a single camera, single take, live performance that features no editing or multi-track recording. We want to see your drumline perform the show live, as if we were sitting in the crowd watching, and an off-the-floor performance is the best way to do this. Only an off-the-floor performance will be adjudicated. 

My ensemble will not be gathering to perform. Can we create a video based around people performing from home?

Adjudicated performances must all be an “off-the-floor” video. We do encourage those who are not able to gather, to record videos of their performances from home and edit them together into one video for an exhibition submission to be included on the CDA YouTube and social media. Unfortunately, exhibition/edited videos will not be adjudicated.

What are this year’s categories?

Upon registration you will be asked to choose which of the three categories your ensemble will enter. Choose the one that best suits your skill level. Soloists of our member ensembles will register separately. 

Here are the 2022 categories:

  • Solos (solo snare, solo tenor, solo mallets, duet, small ensemble bass, or cymbals)
  • Concert Class (Stand still ensembles demonstrating beginner drumming skills)
  • Intermediate Class (Beginner marching ensembles demonstrating intermediate  drumming skills)
  • Premier Class (Advanced marching and drumming skills)

When is the last day I can send in my drumline video?

  • Solos submission deadline Friday is February 18th 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET.
  • If there are virtual ensemble competitions, videos will be due 11:59 p.m. ET the date of the original event.

When are the winners announced?

  • Solos results published Monday March 7th 2021, noon. ET.
  • if there are virtual ensemble competitions, results will be published on the Monday two weeks after the submission date at noon. ET.
  • Winners will be posted on all other CDA platforms

Can I, as a teacher or instructor, accompany my drumline in the video or live performance?

No. Educators may conduct and que ensembles in Concert Class, and may not contribute to the audio of the performance

Does my ensemble need to perform a specific song?

No, you are free to choose, compose, or commission any work you like. The total performance time must be 4-7 minutes in length.

Is there a hashtag I can use to promote my drumline ?

Yes, #candrumline.

Do I need to provide a student permission form to the CDA?

No, the CDA does not require permission waivers. You own the video and should make sure all the kids are participating with parental permission.