COMPETITIONS

Competitions are when the students get to show off all their hard work. It’s thrilling to see everything come together in a competitive environment. They can be very long days, with early starts (3am/4am at CP is not uncommon). It just depends on venue and the time slot we’re given – which isn’t known until closer to the time. (And yes, they sometimes follow on the day after a game day).

Clear bags with maximum dimensions are often needed at bigger venues. (This isn’t always relevant to students if they’re in and out just to perform, but is usually relevant for spectators).

It is normally better to bring cash for parking , admission (if not purchased in advance) and refreshments.

Some venues are warm and some are cold – so bring various layers!  

https://marching.musicforall.org/about

Not only do we host this event locally, full band and guard perform our contest show for this, our first competition and BOA experience of the season. There is a prelims round where all entrants compete and the top bands compete in a finals round later on that same day.

Grading

"The Bands of America adjudication system is a criteria reference system, in which a band showing proficiency in particular criteria, or meeting certain criteria at a certain level, falls within a scoring range. It is the position of Bands of America that music is the more important aspect of the performance, with marching as the presentation and visual enhancement of the program. Similarly, more emphasis has been placed on the effectiveness of the general effect judges than on fine-line perfection of the performance judges. The weight of the numbers places 60% of the value on music and 40% on visual, as well as 60% on general effect and 40% on performance. Each judge is assigned a specific area on which he or she focuses, ensemble and general effect judges are located at a vantage point from above (i.e. press box), individual performance judges are located on the field."

Spectators

Tickets can be purchased at: https://marching.musicforall.org/schedule/

https://marching.musicforall.org/about

Full band and guard perform our contest show for this competition. This is excellent preparation for BOA Super Regional. There is a prelims round where all entrants compete and the top bands compete in a finals round that same day.

Grading

"The Bands of America adjudication system is a criteria reference system, in which a band showing proficiency in particular criteria, or meeting certain criteria at a certain level, falls within a scoring range. It is the position of Bands of America that music is the more important aspect of the performance, with marching as the presentation and visual enhancement of the program. Similarly, more emphasis has been placed on the effectiveness of the general effect judges than on fine-line perfection of the performance judges. The weight of the numbers places 60% of the value on music and 40% on visual, as well as 60% on general effect and 40% on performance. Each judge is assigned a specific area on which he or she focuses, ensemble and general effect judges are located at a vantage point from above (i.e. press box), individual performance judges are located on the field."

Spectators

Tickets can be purchased at: https://marching.musicforall.org/schedule/

Please note Legacy Stadium in Katy has a strict clear bag policy - check guidelines: https://www.katyisd.org/students/Documents/Katy_ISD_Bag_Policy.pdf

https://www.twhsband.org/2021-lone-star-preview.html

Hosted by The Woodlands High School Marching Band at Woodforest Stadium, this competition allows full band and guard to perform our contest show. There is a prelims round where all entrants compete and the top bands compete in a finals round that same day.

Grading

More information on grading can be found at: https://www.twhsband.org/for-directors.html

Spectators

Tickets can be purchased at: https://www.twhsband.org/tickets2.html

https://www.region9music.com/marching

Held locally, this is our first UIL competition of the season. There are no prelims or finals at this event. 

In even years, participating bands are competing for a position at the Area level!

Did you know.....?

TMEA alignments are re-classified every 2 years (EVEN years). This affects which schools form each region within each area.

https://www.tmea.org/regions/alignment/

Grading

More information on grading can be found at:

https://www.uiltexas.org/music/marching-band/marching-band-scoring-and-advancement-procedure

Spectators

Information on how to purchase tickets will be posted when available.

https://www.uiltexas.org/music/marching-band/area

Bands who qualify at regional level, we will proceed to compete at area level. There is a prelims round where all entrants compete and the top bands compete in a finals round that same day. In even years, participating bands are competing for a position at the State level!

Did you know.....?

TMEA alignments are re-classified every 2 years (EVEN years). This affects which schools form each region within each area.

https://www.tmea.org/regions/alignment/

Grading

More information on grading can be found at:

https://www.uiltexas.org/music/marching-band/marching-band-scoring-and-advancement-procedure

Spectators

Information on how to purchase tickets will be posted when available.

 

https://marching.musicforall.org/about

This is what it's all about! BOA Super Regional in San Antonio! Full band and guard perform in prelims, vying for a place in finals that same evening.

Grading

"The Bands of America adjudication system is a criteria reference system, in which a band showing proficiency in particular criteria, or meeting certain criteria at a certain level, falls within a scoring range. It is the position of Bands of America that music is the more important aspect of the performance, with marching as the presentation and visual enhancement of the program. Similarly, more emphasis has been placed on the effectiveness of the general effect judges than on fine-line perfection of the performance judges. The weight of the numbers places 60% of the value on music and 40% on visual, as well as 60% on general effect and 40% on performance. Each judge is assigned a specific area on which he or she focuses, ensemble and general effect judges are located at a vantage point from above (i.e. press box), individual performance judges are located on the field."

Spectators

Tickets can be purchased at: https://marching.musicforall.org/schedule/

Please note the Alamodome has a strict clear bag policy - check guidelines: https://www.alamodome.com/plan-your-visit/clear-bag-policy

https://www.uiltexas.org/music/marching-band/state

Bands from across the state compete for top honors at the UIL State Marching Band Championships!

Did you know.....?

TMEA alignments are re-classified every 2 years (EVEN years). This affects which schools form each region within each area.

Region Alignment

Grading

More information on grading can be found at:

https://www.uiltexas.org/music/marching-band/marching-band-scoring-and-advancement-procedure

Spectators

Tickets are available in advance through Ticketmaster. Be advised that a Ticketmaster-imposed service charge will apply.

www.ticketmaster.com OR Phone: (800) 745-3000

Please note the Alamodome has a strict clear bag policy - check guidelines: https://www.alamodome.com/plan-your-visit/clear-bag-policy

https://www.texascolorguardcircuit.org

This is the Texas Color Guard Circuit, or TCGC for short. These competitions will be local in the Houston area competing against other color guards in the area. The circuit is comprised of groups from mostly Houston, Austin, and San Antonio areas. This is for every level of color guard from Jr. High up to Independent Color Guards. Both the JV and the Varsity will compete at these shows. 

https://www.wgi.org

This is the international circuit, and it stands for Winter Guard International. This circuit is where we compete at the regional level in Houston, as well as traveling to Denton for the power regional. For regionals we will mostly compete against people in Texas while seeing a few schools from the neighboring states come for a trip to compete. Only the Varsity guard will compete in WGI events. The Denton power regional will be an overnight trip staying in a hotel and returning the next day.

https://www.texascolorguardcircuit.org

This is the final TCGC competition for the Varsity Guard. It takes place at Reed Arena in College Station in late March. This is for groups of classification of Scholastic A and upwards in Scholastic World. This means only the Varsity Guard attends as the JV is not in this range of classification. The guard will have an overnight trip to attend this show staying in a hotel and coming back the next day. 

https://www.texascolorguardcircuit.org

This is the final TCGC competition for the JV Guard. It tends to be in the middle/late time of March and is for groups under the A Class level. This competition is held regionally and will be in the Houston area. It will be a one-day event for the JV Guard.

https://www.wgi.org

The WGI World Championships is an event that takes place early April for color guard. It is held in Dayton Ohio and is a multiple day event. We will only go to this event every few years. Only the Varsity Guard will attend the event and it will last 5-6 days depending on performance times for the preliminary performance time slot. The guard will fly to Dayton, have a charter bus for the trip, and stay in a hotel during the trip. There are up to three performances for the guard being Prelims, Semis, and Finals. The guard would need to place and advance forward each round for the next performance. We will finish the trip watching World Class Finals Saturday night in the arena and then return home Sunday morning. This event is for the Varsity Guard only.

Some competitions allow professional photographers. If you hear of others to add to the list, let us know!

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