Marching Band Scoring and Advancement Procedure
Advancement From Area to State
The judging panel will consist of 3 music judges and 2 marching execution judges.
The band's final rank will be determined by adding the rankings of all five judges.
- 2A/3A/4A Certification. In conferences 2A/3A/4A the music area shall certify the three bands receiving the highest ranking in each conference to the state marching band contest. Should twenty or more bands qualify for advancement in a single conference for the area contest, one band for each five bands that qualifed for advancement to the contest shall be certified for advancement to the state contest.
- 5A/6A Certification. In Conferences 5A/6A the music area shall certify the two bands receiving the highest ranking in each conference to the State Marching Band Contest. Should fifteen or more bands qualify for advancement in a single conference for the area contest, one band for each five bands that qualifed for advancement to the contest shall be certified for advancement to the state contest.
- In addition, in contests advancing two bands, any band that receives a ranking of two or higher from two music judges and one marching judge shall also advance to state. In addition, in contests advancing three or more bands, any band that receives a ranking of three or higher from two music judges and one marching judge shall also advance to state.
- 1A. Under the current 1A Pilot Contest format any 1A band receiving an overall Division 1 rating at the region contest may enter the 1A State Marching Band Contest Pilot. For more information please see, 1A State Marching Band Contest Pilot Information
Procedure for selecting bands to advance from area to state
The following procedure will be used to determine the advancement of bands from area to state and the placement of bands at the state contest.
- At the conclusion of the contest each judge's raw score will be used to determine each judge's ranking. In each conference the band receiving the highest numerical score will be assigned first place for each judge, the next highest score will be assigned second place and so on until a ranking for each band is determined for all five judges.
- The five judges' ranking for each band will then be added together. The high and low will NOT be eliminated. All scores will count.
- The final ranking will then be determined by assigning the band with the lowest composite score first place, the next lowest composite score second place and so on until the band with the highest composite score is listed last.
A two-way tie may be broken by using judges preference. For example:
Music Judge 1 Music Judge 2 Music Judge 3 Marching Judge 1 Marching Judge 2 Score Band A 1 2 3 4 5 15 Band B 2 3 1 5 4 15
Both Bands end up with a final composite score of 15 resulting in a tie. However, the tie can always be broken by determining which band was ranked highest by at least three judges. In this case, Band A would be selected because judges 1, 2 and 4 preferred Band A over Band B.
- Ties need not be broken unless they affect a band selected to advance to State or the band selected as an alternate.
Verification Period. At the conclusion of each conference, there should be a verification period during which directors will have the opportunity to review the tabulation of the final rankings. The following procedure will be observed:
- One representative from each school will be permitted to review the tabulation and ranking procedure.
- If all present agree that there is no error in the tabulation process, then the results will become official and will be made public.
- If there is a protest regarding the tabulations, the rankings will be held and a final judgement made by the State office.
- There can be no future protest of rankings after the results are announced as official.
- A director not present during the verification period forfeits his opportunity to protest.
- Only the bands selected to advance to State and the alternate will be announced at the conclusion of the contest.
- All tabulations and other results will be made available to the directors only after the contest is completed.
Instructions to the judges
Adjudication procedures for UIL Area and State Marching Contest
The Area/State Judge Manual is available under "Resources & Forms" at:
Procedure for breaking a 3-way or 4-way tie at area and state
The following procedure is used to break a 3-way or 4-way tie in UIL area/state marching band contests. It is based on the concept of "judge's preference". Thus, the ranking that each judge gave each band involved in the tie is used to determine which band each judge "preferred".
The following example details how this procedure was applied in the 4-way tie that occurred in the UIL 1999 AAAA State Finals.
At the conclusion of the contest the results were as follows:
|Keller: Fossil Ridge||6||6||5||4||3||24|
The first three places are clear. However, places 4 through 7 are locked in a 4-way tie with a rank of 24 for each of the 4 bands. The issue now becomes a matter of determining what is the "preferred" ranking of each judge for the 4 bands involved in the tie. The following procedure will apply.
The first step is to determine which band each judge preferred. That band will be assigned a rank 1 for that judge and all other bands will receive a rank 2. The results are as follows:
|Keller: Fossil Ridge||2||2||2||1||2||9|
Heritage has a total rank of 8 and the other three bands have a total rank of 9, thus Heritage is ranked first and there is now a 3-way tie between the remaining three bands. The procedure is applied again:
|Keller: Fossil Ridge||2||2||2||1||2||9|
Fossil Ridge has a total rank of 9 and the other two bands have a total rank of 8, thus Fossil Ridge is ranked fourth and there is now a 2-way tie between the remaining two bands. The procedure is applied again:
Dickinson is preferred by three of the judges and the final tie is now broken.
Final Rank for the four bands is:
- Colleyville: Heritage
- Keller: Fossil Ridge
In the rare event that an unbreakable 5-way tie occurs the final ranking
will be determined by the rank score of the three music judges.
Advancement from State Preliminaries to Finals
Ranking will be determined by adding the rank scores of all five judges.
If there are 13 or fewer bands in prelims the bands ranked in the top 5 places will automatically advance to the finals. In addition any band below fifth place that receives a ranking of three or higher from at least two of the music judges and one of the marching judges will also advance to the finals.
If there are 14-19 bands in prelims the bands ranked in the top seven places will automatically advance to the finals. In addition any band below seventh place that receives a ranking of three or higher from at least two of the music judges and one of the marching judges will also advance to the finals.
If there are 20 or more bands in prelims the bands ranked in the top ten places will automatically advance to the finals. In addition any band below tenth place that receives a ranking of three or higher from at least two of the music judges and one of the marching judges will also advance to the finals.
Ranking in finals will be determined by adding the rank scores of all five judges. The band with the highest ranking will be declared the state champion. Exception: In the event that a band receives a first place rank from at least two of the music judges and one of the marching judges, that band will be the state champion. Second and Third place will then be determined by total rank scores. All other bands in the finals will be awarded a State Finalist Trophy. (NOTE: This State Champion Format was recommended by the UIL/TMEA Music Advisory Committee and was approved by that body and by unanimous endorsement of the UIL Technical Advisory Committee