Students from any of the bands are eligible to participate in the District Music Solo and Ensemble Contest in April. Prior to the beginning of the second semester, students who wish to participate should select and begin preparing a piece to perform at the District Music Contest. This piece may be an accompanied solo or a small ensemble with other members of the band. It is highly recommended that students involved in private lessons participate. Students will receive feedback from professionals and are evaluated and scored on their performance, and achieve a rating of Superior, Excellent, Good, Fair or Poor. Students awarded Superior ratings receive a NSAA certificate. All students who participate will receive points toward a Band Key.