A panel of seven judges is used to evaluate each band. Each adjudicator will evaluate each
band on a 100 point scale. The score will then be multiplied by the percentage designated
for each caption and a composite score with a maximum of 100 points will be assigned to each
The categories that will be evaluated are as follows:
2 Music Judges (20% each - in pressbox)
These adjudicators evaluate the suitability of the music and the compatibility of the music
and marching style. They also listen for tone quality and effective use of the woodwinds,
brass, and percussion sections. The score is also based on the blend of the instruments,
contrast of volume, intonation, phrasing, clarity of the musical lines, steadiness of tempo,
and rhythmic precision.
1 Music General Effect Judge (20% - in pressbox)
This adjudicator evaluates the musical production. He comments on the continuity and flow
of the show, the variety of musical styles and tempos, and the general impact of the show.
He examines the musical arrangements for difficulty, originality, and coordination with the
drill. The staging of the musical elements, attention to detail, and overall musical impact
are taken into consideration in this caption.
1 Marching Judge (20% - on field)
This adjudicator looks for uniformity of stride. He checks how each student places his/her
feet on the ground and the position of the foot and leg through each step. The marching
should cause minimum movement in the upper body. The posture and instrument carriage of each
student are examined as well. The feet must all hit the ground at precisely the same
instant. This adjudicator also checks for the interval of spacing of each form, the
alignment of both straight and curved sections or each form, and the clarity of all
1 Visual/Marching General Effect Judge (20% - in pressbox)
This adjudicator evaluates the entire production. He comments on the continuity and flow of
the show, the variety of musical styles and tempos, use of the color guard /or auxiliary
groups, and the general impact of the show. He examines the drill design for difficulty,
originality, and coordination with the music. The staging of both musical and visual
elements, attention to detail, and appearance of the uniform are taken into consideration
in this caption.
1 Percussion Caption Judge (Comments only - on field)
This adjudicator watches the entire percussion section from the field. He evaluates the
rhythmic stability of the drumline, stick height, uniformity in playing techniques, the
cleanliness of rolls, and the use of the keyboard and trap instruments. He also comments on
the difficulty of the music and the relationship of the percussion music to the wind music.
1 Color Guard Caption Judge (Comments only - in pressbox)
This adjudicator looks at any auxiliary group within the band (flags, rifles, sabres,
twirlers, drill team, etc.) and evaluates the relationship of their movements to the music,
the precision of these movements, the difficulty of the movements, and their technique. He
also evaluates their position, movement of their feet, and any dance techniques that they
might use. He also comments on the staging of these groups in the production, their
uniforms, and the suitability of their equipment.
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