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

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.

New Music Submission


How to Submit a Recommended Piece for the MPA List

New Music Submission Form - Google Form

  • Only additions are taken for the fall. The due date for deletions, grade level changes or additions is June 1 of each year.

  • Only additions are taken for the fall deadline of November 1 each year.

Grade Level Descriptors

MPA Recommendation Form for Grades 1, 2, and 3

MPA Recommendation Form for Grades 4, 5, and 6

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