New Marching Band Rules In Place for 2020-2021
To keep you informed and to assist you with planning please be aware that the following items will take effect in the 2020-2021 school year:
Item #1 – the area marching band contests will be held every year for all conferences that have an area contest (6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, and 2A). The state contest will continue to be held on alternating years. In the fall of 2020 the preferred date for 2A, 4A, 6A area contests will be Saturday, October 24. The preferred date for 3A and 5A area contests will be Saturday, October 31. The 2020 state contest will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, November 2, 3, and 4. In fall the of 2021 the 3A/5A area contests will be held on October 23 and the 2A/4A/6A area contests will follow one week later on October 30, creating an alternating annual process for the area contests. As always, area and state contest information will be posted at www.uiltexas.org/music as it becomes official.
Item #2 – a 7-judge system will be utilized at the state marching band contest in 5A/6A. 4A and down will utilize the updated 5-judge area sheets. The region adjudication sheet has also been updated and will be used at all region contests. TMAA will be organizing the training process and rubric updates for the new sheets, which can all be found at the following links:
Item #3 – amplification of wind instruments will be limited to 10 performers at one time.
Item #4 – all marching bands certified to advance beyond the region contest must receive a division 1 rating at the region contest.
Item #5 – the UIL will form a marching band rules advisory committee.
Item #6 – the UIL will hold a state contest pilot for military style marching bands, divided into four divisions – 1A/2A (combined) and 4A – even years; 3A and 5A/6A (combined) – odd years. Each year, every band in the state that enters the region contest will indicate whether they intend to advance beyond the region contest (if certified to do so by receiving a division 1 rating); and, if so, which track – military class or open class. Performance rules, date, and site for this contest will be posted in early 2020.