Rule 3.05 - Timing Penalties - The marching band committee has voted to eliminate the minimum performance time requirement for the 2021 season.

Reminders about new procedures for the 2021 season:

  • Judging panel has been reduced to utilize only one music effect adjudicator

  • Music Performance Ensemble & Music Performance Individual captions have been modified to have “what” & “how” sub-captions.

  • The caption weighting will be as follows…

    • Music Performance Ensemble - 25%

    • Music Performance Individual - 15%

    • Music Effect - 20%

    • Visual Effect - 20%

    • Visual Performance - 20%

  • Judges will no longer be required to provide written commentary of a band’s performance.


The North Carolina Bandmasters Association, a division of the North Carolina Music Educator's Association, officially recognizes and sanctions marching band as a viable and credible performance-based ensemble in the teaching of music in a high school setting. We believe marching band can be one component of a well-balanced comprehensive instrumental music program.

General Statement of Ethics

The Marching Band Committee of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association believes that marching  band must be educationally based and centered on enhancing public school instrumental music programs in North Carolina. It is the committee's belief that marching band is one extension of the high school concert band program.

Every decision made by the North Carolina Bandmasters Association's Marching Band Committee when establishing a uniform method of critique was centered on helping students and directors grow and learn. Marching band competition can be used as a positive educational tool for the development of better musicianship, stronger discipline, 

self-motivation, and character of students. Since competitive marching band can consume much time and money in preparation, extreme care must be taken to keep the activity in perspective with the responsibility to educate. When these objectives are not the primary goals of a program, marching band ceases to be educationally valid for students. Professionalism is the ultimate expectation. As members of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association, each director is charged with the responsibility to act responsibly and demand the same of his/her entire professional organization.

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