Drum & Singing Competitions

2017 Head Staff
Host Drum: TBD
Master of Ceremonies: TBD
Arena Director: TBD
Head Dance Judge: TBD
Head Drum Judge: TBD
Invited Drums: TBD
Head Dancers chosen daily.

Adult Drum Prizes

(ages 13 and older)

  • 1st place: $13,000
  • 2nd place: $10,000
  • 3rd place: $5,000
  • 4th place: $4,000
  • 5th place: $3,000

Drum Group and Singer Check-In/Registration

  • For Drum registration information, contact Eric Heipel at 414-847-7996.
  • Drum registration is Friday, October 20 from 4–6 p.m. and Saturday, October 21 from 11 a.m.–Noon at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena located at 400 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Head Singers must register their Drum Group to be eligible for a prize payout.
  • Lead Singers for each Drum Group must be at least 18 years old and present a valid state-issued photo ID at the time of registration.
  • Youth Drum mentors must be at least 18 years old and present a valid state-issued photo ID at the time of registration.
  • Registered Drum Groups must have a minimum of five (5)singers present at all times.
  • All registered singers 18 and older must fill out an IRS form W-9 if they live in the US or IRS Form W8BEN if they live in Canada.
  • Drum Groups must set up at their assigned location each session. Locations are assigned at the time of registration.
  • Social Security numbers are required for all prize payouts of $600 or more.
  • Social Security numbers will be verified on-site. Invalid Social Security numbers will result in disqualification.
  • Absolutely NO drum hopping or substituting singers for any intertribals or contests. Violations will result in deduction of points for that session.
  • Keep your area clean at all times. Judging will include the cleanliness of your drum area.
  • No Drum Singer shall participate while under the influence of drugs or alcohol; this will result in disqualification for that session. Arena house rules will be enforced.
  • Drum Groups/Artists wanting to sell CDs at the Hunting Moon Pow Wow must receive approval from the committee prior to the celebration.
  • Questions or concerns? Please call the Celebration Hotline at 414-847-7320 or 1-800-PAYSBIG ext. 7320.