Marching Championship

Join us for a FRESH NEW marching band competition

Director's Choice Presents The Marching Championship

coming Fall 2020!

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.

National Championship

San Antonio
November 7, 2020

$750 Entry Fee
(plus $100 non-refundable registration fee) 


More judges to be announced shortly.

Bryan Christian
Director of Bands
Vista Ridge High School

Mike Howard
Director of Bands
Vandegrift High School

Michael Martin
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Music Adjudicator

Regional Championships 

October 3, 2020 – San Antonio
(Venue TBA)

Registered Groups

October 3, 2020 – Dallas/Fort Worth
(C.H. Collins Stadium) 

Registered Groups

October 10, 2020 – Dallas/Fort Worth
(Vernon Newsom Stadium)

Registered Groups

October 10, 2020 – Houston
(University of Houston)

Registered Groups

$400 Entry Fee

(plus $100 non-refundable registration fee) 


Will awards be given? 

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.

How will classification be determined? 

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.

How will The Marching Championship be scored?

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.

When and Where?

The National Marching Championship will be on Saturday, November 7th, 2020, in the Alamodome the week following the 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 San Antonio on October 3rd, 2020, and in Dallas-Fort Worth and in Houston on October the 10th, 2020.  Regional entry fees are $400, plus a $100 registration fee.

We are super excited to be bringing you The Marching Championship! If you have any questions, please email Alan Hanna, Director of Performance at