Concert Band MPA Announcements

MPA Rule 3C is suspended for 2021-2022. Directors may choose to have students perform on their primary instrument in multiple bands from the same school in order to alleviate instrumentation issues that may arise due to the impact of COVID.

A sub-committee has been formed to explore the diversification of the MPA repertoire list and also to investigate current repertoire on the MPA list that potentially promotes cultural and/or racial bias. 

Concert Band Music Performance Adjudication


The North Carolina Bandmasters Association (NCBA) sanctioned concert band festival will: 

Provide a performance opportunity for students and directors that offers a critical assessment of the quality of their performances by highly qualified experts in band performance.

Encourage participation in the only state-sanctioned event that provides a summative, standards-based assessment, designed to measure student performance as related to the goals, objectives, and grade-level competencies specified in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.

Provide the opportunity for students and directors to perform for and learn from their peers in a formal concert venue.

Provide a model that connects quality preparation with quality performance and supports the continued musical growth of students and directors.

MPA Information

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Adjudicator Forms


  • MPA Adjudicator Manual (March 2018)

  • Script for Sight-reading Judge (November 2016)

Sight-reading Criteria


Bands participating in the North Carolina Bandmasters Association Concert Band MPA will use the following conversions from the Texas UIL level to the grade of music they enter in the North Carolina Concert Band MPA:
Level 1 for UIL = NCBA Grade 2
Level 2 for UIL = NCBA Grade 3
Level 3 for UIL = NCBA Grade 4
Level 4 for UIL = NCBA Grade 5
Level 5 for UIL = NCBA Grade 6


Previous UIL Sight-reading pieces are available on various sheet music websites for purchase. Search for UIL Band and the grade level of music needed.

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New Music Submission

All new submissions must be submitted via the Google Form. Hard copies of scores are not accepted any longer. Please upload a PDF version of the score and/or include a link to the score in the Google Form.

New Music Submission Form - Google Form

  • The due date for deletions, grade level changes, or additions is April 23rd of each year. 

  • Additions (not deletions or grade level changes) are also taken for the fall deadline of November 1st each year.

Grade Level Descriptors

MPA Recommendation Form for Grades 1, 2, and 3

MPA Recommendation Form for Grades 4, 5, and 6