Reach for the Stars

The council would like to present its new initiative to showcase the district’s chapters who strive for the highest and reach for the stars! Each star represents a task that a chapter must complete to earn. At district convention, chapters who reach all five stars will be given an award and will be featured on the website for 1 year. All stars must be earned 2 weeks before convention.

The current stars and their guidelines are:

Star 1: Turn in all paperwork and dues in on time

Determined as of March 15th

This will be determined by the council three weeks before district convention by using the Online Membership and Reporting System. If there are questions about certain paperwork, then individual chapters will be contacted.

Star 2: Appoint a District Liaison

Due November 1st

We know that chapter officers already have a lot of duties, and adding several District responsibilities can be overwhelming. To help, we encourage chapters to appoint a brother who is not an officer at their District Liaison. Each chapter’s District Liaison will serve as the main  point of contact between the SED VPP and the chapter. The District Liaison will be the first point of contact concerning participation in district programs, and they will be the person in charge of emailing the VPP regarding completion of the following stars.

Star 3: Earn at least 10 points in both Statewide-A-Thons
November and February

November is the Month of Musicianship, so we will be showcasing our district’s musicianship. We will also be sharing the service our chapters complete in February, the Month of Service. To celebrate each of these initiatives, chapters will submit music and service events (in November and February, respectively) to gain points. the state with the most combined points from all chapters will be the winner. Prior to the start of each Statewide-A-Thon, guidelines will be posted on how to earn points for your chapter and help your state win. Submit your music and service events in their respective months and earn at least ten points.

You can view the November Statewide-A-Thon competition guidelines here.

Star 4: Complete 3 musical service events in the community
Due March 15th

Our musical talents and skills can impact the community beyond our school. By completing musical service, we can help promote the existence and welfare of our college and university bands.
Events that fit underneath this category:

  • Volunteering at a high school, middle school, or elementary band program
  • Playing at an assisted living home or at community events
  • Holiday caroling at local hospitals
  • Assisting at events for musical organization such as A Gift for Music, Bands of America
  • And many others!

Once all 3 are completed, you must send an email to with the title “*Chapter Designation* – Service Event Star Completion” with a paragraph explaining what the event was, how many brothers were involved, and any other info you wish to include. Additionally, a photo of the brothers at each event must be attached to the email

Please contact the SED VPP if you are unsure about an event!

Star 5: Submit 3 workshops or have 3 brotherhood events

Due March 15th
Workshops can include any presentations or integrated discussions that are held within a chapter about topics such as service, leadership, musicianship, or other chapter operations. Once your chapter has completed all three workshops, send an email entitled “*Chapter Designation*- Workshop Star Completed” and attach the presentations or detailed notes, and when the workshop was held.

Showcase Sundays
Throughout the year, chapters can submit their musical service events, workshops, brotherhood events, or other events they have completed that have benefited their chapter, respective school’s music program, or surrounding community. Each week, one entry will be featured on social media for Showcase Sundays.

This form is located at this link:

Submissions will be accepted all year long!
A downloadable version of these guidelines can be found here.