University Bands


33rd Annual

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Marching Band Classic Information in PDF.


Entry: For competitive bands, there will be two divisions and four classifications. Classifications are based on school enrollment at the 9-12 level as of September 1, 2014. The classifications are as follows:

Division I

Class A--Up to 300 students

Class AA--301 to 600 students

Division II

Class AAA--601 to 1000 students

Class AAAA--1001 students and up

A band may enter a higher class than their enrollment dictates. However, this is strictly optional. Please be sure to indicate this on your entry form.

For non-competitive bands, we will have one open class for judges' comments only.


Fee: The entry fee for our contest is $200.00. This fee must accompany your application. We will have a cap of 30 bands this year, entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Adjudicators: As always, we make an effort to hire the most qualified individuals available. Our judging panel for the 2014 Classic will be:

Overall Effect
Russ Gavin, Baylor University, Waco, TX
Corps Director, Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps

Ensemble Performance – Music 1
Eric Simpson, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX

Ensemble Performance – Music 2
David Morrison, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Ensemble Performance - Visual
Brad Harris, Director of Operations, Blue Star Drum and Bugle Corps

Individual Performance
Erik Richards, Director of Bands, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS

Percussion Judge
Travis Downs, Director of Bands, North Gwinnett Community School, Suwanee, GA

Drum Major Judge
Jim Daughters, Music Director, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH

Auxiliary Judge
Dan Swallow, Winter Guard International, Normal, IL

Awards: Awards will be given as follows:

Division I,  Class A--1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place; Best Winds, Percussion, Guard/Aux., and Drum Major

Division I,  Class AA--1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place; Best Winds, Percussion, Guard/Aux., and Drum Major

Division II, Class AAA--1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place; Best Winds, Percussion, Guard/Aux., and Drum Major

Division II, Class AAAA--1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place; Best Winds, Percussion, Guard/Aux., and Drum Major

There will also be a Grand Champion in each division based on the highest score of the day. All bands not receiving a placement trophy (including Open Class) will receive a participation award.


Schedule: The final performance schedule is dependent upon the number of entries accepted and special scheduling requests (please see last year's schedule for a reference). When the deadline for entries has passed, we will send the final mailing including the competition schedule and other particulars regarding the event, but if you have a special request or schedule constraints that day, please contact us in the meantime.


Warm-Up: The University is capable of supplying music and physical warm-up facilities on a limited basis (no lined fields), and each band will have the opportunity to warm-up prior to their performance.


In Case of Rain: Our alternate competition site will be Western Hall in case of rain or inclement weather. If the contest must be held inside, only the music captions will be judged. Decision to hold the contest indoors will be made early on the morning of the contest.


Tickets: The tickets for this event will not be sold in advance. Admission prices will be $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for students and children 5-10, and all children under five will be admitted free. Tickets are good for the entire contest regardless of division.   All seating is general admission. All units will receive one chaperone arm band for every ten members of the band.


Parking: Bus and auto parking is located just north of the stadium, which is designated as "Q-Lot."   There is plenty of space available, so encourage your band patrons and community to attend.


Meals: There are a large number of fast food establishments in the city of Macomb. In addition, our University Student Union is equipped to handle large groups, and the concession stand at Hanson Field will open.