Marching Championship

Join us for a FRESH NEW marching band competition

Director's Choice Presents The Marching Championship

postponed until Fall 2021

The Director’s Choice plans to host several marching band contests 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. However, at this time we have made the difficult decision to postpone until the fall of 2021 due to the continued concerns regarding the augmented spread of COVID-19 in the communities we serve.

Future dates and locations for the 2021 marching events will be posted at a later date. Bands who have already registered for the 2020 events can either move their registration to a future date or request a full refund at this time.

For those music educators concerned about the recruitment and retention of students moving forward, we hope they will consider participating at one of our spring events. We will continue to monitor the situation and listen to the guidance of health officials if this crisis continues in the spring.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to support music education while we prioritize the overall safety of the students and communities we serve.

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
Date TBD

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

Regional Championships 

October – San Antonio
(Venue TBA)

October – Dallas/Fort Worth
(C.H. Collins Stadium) Denton

October – Dallas/Fort Worth
(Vernon Newsom Stadium) Mansfield

October – Houston
(University of Houston)

$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