The Director’s Choice plans to host several marching band events this fall has been met with excitement from bands across the southwest United States. The design sessions have been spirited and productive with many insightful ideas being considered. The assistance and input from so many educators has been welcome and very helpful.
The Marching Championship was developed by Director’s Choice to strengthen the principles and foundations of musical excellence in marching band by emphasizing student performance as the core component of evaluation.
Director’s Choice presents The Marching Championship as an innovative alternative for music educators who value execution, instruction, and performance demand. If you believe in creating genuine connections between performer and audience through excellence in musicality and performance, then this is a marching contest for your band. We invite you to come and perform.
Prelim awards include 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in class. Caption awards will be given for outstanding musical performance, outstanding visual performance, outstanding percussion and outstanding color guard/auxiliary.
Finals competition will include the 10 highest-ranking preliminary bands, regardless of classification.
All ten bands in the finals competition will receive Finals place awards, in addition to the Third, Second and Regional or National Champion trophies. Finals awards will also include Outstanding Musical Performance and Outstanding Visual performance.
The Director’s Choice Marching Championship classification will be determined based on the number of student performers in the ensemble, not the school’s enrollment. The preliminary competition will be divided into 4 classes. A maximum of 32 bands will be accepted into the preliminary competition.
The Director’s Choice Marching Championship will utilize a 7 judge system:
Caption judges carry no weight on ensemble ranking unless there is a visual tie for Outstanding Visual Performance. In the case of a visual tie, the color guard/auxiliary ordinal will break the tie.
Each performance caption is assessed and weighted at 2/3 achievement, 1/3 content.
This contest will convert each adjudicator’s raw scores into ordinals. We believe utilizing raw scores only pollutes the overall contest results since each adjudicator will utilize their own numerical range during evaluations. In the end, the sum of each individual adjudicator’s rank is what matters, not a compilation of their unstandardized raw scores.
The National Marching Championship will be on October 29 & 30, 2021, in the Alamodome the preceding 1A, 2A, and 5A UIL State Marching Contest. Registrants are not required to qualify. The entry fee will be $750, plus a $100 registration fee.
Regional Marching Championships will be in Denton on October 2, 2021 and in Houston in October 9, 2021. Regional entry fees are $400, plus a $100 registration fee.