Join us for a FRESH NEW marching band competition
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coming Fall 2020!


The Marching Championship was developed by Director’s Choice to strengthen the principles and foundations of musical excellence in marching band by emphasizing student performance as the core component of evaluation.


Director’s Choice presents The Marching Championship as an innovative alternative for music educators who value execution, instruction, and performance demand.  If you believe in creating genuine connections between performer and audience through excellence in musicality and performance, then this is a marching contest for your band. We invite you to come and perform.


Regional Dates

San Antonio – October 3, 2020
Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston – October 10, 2020

National Date

San Antonio – November 7, 2020



Regional contest sites are pending.
National contest will be held at the Alamodome in San Antonio on
Saturday, November 7, 2020.



Regional Event:
$400 Entry Free
(plus $100 non-refundable registration fee) 



National Event:
$750 Entry Fee
(plus $100 non-refundable registration fee) 





Do the Marching Championship dates conflict with UIL?  

We support UIL and their standards, so we are actively avoiding UIL region, area, and state marching dates with the caveat that UIL region dates sometimes change year to year.

Will awards be given? 

Prelim awards include 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in class. Caption awards will be given for Outstanding Percussion and Outstanding Color Guard/Auxillary.

Finals competition will include the 10 highest-ranking bands regardless of classification.

All ten bands in the finals competition will receive Finals place award with the Third, Second and Champion trophies. Finals awards will also include Outstanding Musical Performance and Outstanding Visual performance.

How will classification be determined? 

The Director’s Choice Marching Championship classification will be determined based on the number of student performers in your ensemble, not your school enrollment.

How will Marching Championship be scored? 

The Director’s Choice Marching Championship will utilize a 7 judge system:

  • 3 Music Adjudicators
  • 2 Visual Adjudicators
  • 2 Caption Adjudicators (awarding Outstanding Performance in the following captions)
    • Percussion
    • Color Guard/Auxillary

Each performance caption is assessed and weighted at 37.5% content and 65.2% achievement of content.

This contest will convert each adjudicator’s raw scores into ordinals. We believe utilizing raw scores only pollutes the overall contest results since each adjudicator will utilize their own numerical range during evaluations. In the end, the sum of each individual adjudicator’s rank is what matters, not a compilation of their unstandardized raw scores.

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