If you’ve ever wished that you could know what the judges were thinking before the day of competition, you now have your chance. e-Adjudicate is a new online judging system where performing groups or individuals submit videos and receive feedback from experienced judges within 72 hours.
“I thought this would be a really useful tool,” says founder Scott Bilbruck. “I run the Winter Guard Association of Southern California, and we were the first to switch to digital commentary and paperless judging. This is the next step in the progression to an entirely digital experience.”
While not meant to replace actual competition, e-Adjudicate can help groups that may not have the resources to travel or compete as often as they would like. “This allows you for around $100 to get feedback from three judges without thousands of dollars in travel expenses [and] feeding the kids,” Bilbruck says.
The pricing starts at $34.95 per judge for bands or $24.95 per judge for students preparing for a festival or audition.
“We currently have 180 judges; they belong to different accredited judging associations in different parts of the country,” Bilbruck says. “You’re judged by specific captions off of a rubric that’s been created with score sheets from across the country and an amalgam of the most commonly adjudicated items.”
For band, judging is currently available for field show, parade, concert, jazz, orchestra, solos and drumline. e-Adjudicate is recruiting judges for guard, dance and cheer.
“e-Adjudicate provides a valuable resource for students and educators in the performing arts, providing more opportunity for judges’ feedback,” says Jennifer Bird, an instructor at Saugus (Calif.) High School, who tested out e-Adjudicate.
To sign up as a group, individual or judge, visit www.e-adjudicate.com.