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Director of Music
Dr. Bradley Kent

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State Champions

Marching Band Advancement and Ranking Procedures

To determine a state marching band champion the UIL advancement process consists of *five rounds:

  1. Region contest
  2. Area contest preliminary round
  3. Area contest final round
  4. State contest preliminary round
  5. State contest final round. 
*1A bands have only three rounds: 1) region contest, 2) state contest preliminary round, and 3) state contest final round. Also, in cases where there are less than 14 bands at the area contest there will be only four rounds: 1) region contest, 2) area contest preliminary round, 3) state contest preliminary round, and 4) state contest final round. 

Region Contest

Each music region holds a marching band contest every year. Any conference 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, and 6A varsity marching band that has followed the procedures established by the region executive committee to indicate to the region executive secretary the intent to advance to area and that receives a Division 1 rating at the region contest shall be certified for advancement to the area contest. In the event only one band or no bands receive a Division 1 rating, two bands shall be selected by the judging panel for advancement to area using the scoring procedure outlined on the UIL website. 

Bands will advance to the area contest according to the following schedule: conferences 3A and 5A in odd years and conferences 2A, 4A, and 6A in even years. 

There is no 1A area contest. Any 1A varsity marching band that has followed the procedures established by the region executive committee to indicate to the region executive secretary the intent to advance to the state contest and that receives a Division 1 rating at the region contest shall be certified for advancement to the state contest (odd years only).

Area and State Contest: Preliminary Round and Final Round

If there are 13 or fewer bands that qualify for an area contest the preliminary round will stand as the final round. 

If there are 13 or fewer bands in a state contest the top 5 bands will advance from the preliminary round to the final round. In addition, any band below fifth place that receives a ranking of three or higher from at least two of music judges and one of the marching judges will also advance to the final round. 

If there are 14 to 19 bands that qualify for an area contest or 14 to 19 bands in a state contest the top 7 bands will advance from the preliminary round to the final round. In addition, any band below seventh place that receives a ranking of three or higher from at least two of music judges and one of the marching judges will also advance to the final round. 

If there are 20 or more bands that qualify for an area contest the top 10 bands will advance from the preliminary round to the final round. In addition, any band below tenth place that receives a ranking of three or higher from at least two of music judges and one of the marching judges will also advance to the final round. 

If there are 20 to 35 bands in a state contest the top 10 bands will advance from the preliminary round to the final round. In addition, any band below tenth place that receives a ranking of three or higher from at least two of music judges and one of the marching judges will also advance to the final round. 

If there are 36 or more bands in a state contest the top 12 bands will advance from the preliminary round to the final round. In addition, any band below twelfth place that receives a ranking of three or higher from at least two of music judges and one of the marching judges will also advance to the final round.

Advancement from Area Contest to State Contest

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. In addition, in area 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 the state contest.  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 the state contest.

Procedure for Ranking Bands

The following procedure will be used to rank the bands at area and state: 

  1. The adjudication panel will consist of 3 music judges and 2 marching judges.
  2. At the conclusion of each contest round (prelims and finals) each judge's raw score will be used to determine that judge's ranking of the bands. In each conference the band receiving the highest numerical score from a judge will be assigned first place by that judge, the next highest score will be assigned second place and so on until a ranking (ordinal) for each band is determined by all five judges.
  3. Each judge's ranking (ordinal) for each band will then be added together. The high and low will NOT be eliminated. All scores will count.
  4. The final ranking will then be determined by assigning the band with the lowest ranking (ordinal) total first place, the next lowest ranking (ordinal) total second place and so on until the band with the highest ranking (ordinal) total is listed last.
  5. A two-way tie will be broken by using judge's preference. For example:


     
    Music Judge 1 Music Judge 2 Music Judge 3 Marching Judge 1 Marching Judge 2 Rank (Ordinal) Total
    Band A 1 2 3 4 5 15
    Band B 2 3 1 5 4 15

     

    Both Bands end up with an ranking (ordinal) total 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 ranked Band A over Band B.
  6. A 3-way or 4-way tie will be broken using judge's preference. Thus, the ranking (ordinal) 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 a 4-way tie that occurred in an actual UIL state finals.  
    At the conclusion of the contest the results were as follows:
Band J1 J2 J3 J4 J5 Rank (Ordinal) Total
Coppell 1 3 2 1 6 13
Keller 3 4 1 3 4 15
Grapevine 4 1 4 2 5 16
Dickinson 7 5 6 5 1 24
Poteet 5 7 3 7 2 24
Keller: Fossil Ridge 6 6 5 4 3 24
Colleyville: Heritage 2 2 7 6 7 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:

Band J1 J2 J3 J4 J5 Rank (Ordinal) Total
Dickinson 2 2 2 2 1 9
Poteet 2 2 1 2 2 9
Keller: Fossil Ridge 2 2 2 1 2 9
Colleyville: Heritage 1 1 2 2 2 8

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:

Band J1 J2 J3 J4 J5 Rank (Ordinal) Total
Dickinson 2 1 2 2 1 8
Poteet 1 2 1 2 2 8
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:

Band J1 J2 J3 J4 J5 Rank (Ordinal) Total
Dickinson 2 1 2 1 1 7
Poteet 1 2 1 2 2 8

Dickinson is preferred by three of the judges and the final tie is now broken.

Final Rank for the four bands is:

  • Colleyville: Heritage
  • Dickinson
  • Poteet
  • 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.

G. Ties need not be broken unless they affect a band selected to advance to the next round or the band selected as an alternate.
H. At the conclusion of each round, there may 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:

  1. One representative from each school will be permitted to review the tabulation and ranking procedure.
  2. If all present agree that there is no error in the tabulation process, then the results will become official and will be made public.
  3. If there is a protest regarding the tabulations, the rankings will be held and a final judgement made by the State office.
  4. There can be no future protest of rankings after the results are announced as official.
  5. A director not present during the verification period forfeits the opportunity to protest.

I. All tabulations and other results will be made available to the directors after the contest is completed.

State Champion

As in area prelims, area finals, and state prelims, ranking in state finals will be determined by adding each judge's ranking (ordinal) for each band.  The band with the lowest rank (ordinal) total will be declared the state champion. Exception: In the event that a band receives a first place ranking from at least two of the music judges and one of the marching judges, that band will be declared the state champion. Second and Third place will then be determined by rank (ordinal) totals. 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.