Competition Info

For parents new to marching band, one of the most important things to know about a competition is that you must be in your seat before the band starts to play or you’ll miss the performance. If the band is scheduled to perform at 5:30, you must be in your seat at that time. If you arrive at the stands later than that you won’t be allowed into the stands.

When a band is playing no one is allowed to move in or out of the stands. The only time movement is allowed is the 5 minute window between performances. Please note that this just isn’t a courtesy. Volunteers will be stationed in the stands preventing movement in and out. Competitions run  punctually, with performances every 15 minutes.

We recommend arriving at the stands 20 to 25 minutes before the Mustangs perform so that you can move into your seats before the band that precedes the Mustangs. If you try to arrive 10 minutes or less before the Mustangs perform you risk missing the performance.

The competitions are run as fundraisers by the music boosters of the host school. There is usually a nominal admission charge, and the concession stands sell the standard fare.

Parking can be a problem at some of the competitions. Please allow yourself ample time to find a parking space and to walk to the stadium.

OMEA Marching Band Contest Rules and Ratings

The information below is provide courtesy of Lakota West Bands.

Adjudicators

Ten judges critique a band’s performance in the folllowing areas:

  • Music – Two judges rating only the musical aspects of the group.
  • Marching and Maneuvering – One judge, Marching and Maneuvering Execution, rating the precision of movement of the entire group and one judge, Marching and Maneuvering General Effect, rating how the members move within the overall picture and development of form.
  • General Effect – Two judges rating the band on the entire show package including music, marching, auxiliary and percussion contribution.
  • Percussion – One judge (also on the field) rating the direction of the band by the field commander, 1995 rule change states that this caption does not have to be adjudicated but can be if the local contest chooses.
  • Field Commander – One judge (also on the field) rating the direction of the band by the field commander(s). 1995 rule change states that this caption does not have to be adjudicated but can be if the local contest chooses.
  • Auxiliaries – Two judges rating the entire auxiliary unit.  Judges rate the writing of routine, the cleanliness of the work done by the group and their placement on the field.

Timing

The show time must be a minimum of seven minutes, while not exceeding a maximum of eleven minutes. Show begins with the first note of music and ends at the last musical sound.  Bands must have their show completed in thirteen minutes, which includes preplacement and warm-up.

Ratings and Scoring

State Finals Qualifying ratings are determined as follows:

The ratings of the two Music, two Marching and Maneuvering, and the two General Effect judges’ evaluation are used to determine the final rating of the band. In addition, the percussion judge and each music judge rates each percussion section and combine their scores. The ratings of these seven judges are converted to a final rating by using the following chart:

I    Superior    7-10    total points
II    Excellent    11-17    total points
III    Good    18-24    total points
IV    Fair    25-31    total points
V    Poor    32-35    total points

Note:  If a group accumulates more than 15 points in penalties, the rating will be lowered one rating.