The Bandmasters Championship utilizes the "caption" scoring system, consisting of eight (8) Adjudicators. Each Adjudicator is responsible for evaluating a specific area of the performance. These are the eight Adjudicator captions (click on links to view scoring sheets in pdf file format):
Music Ensemble (20%): Evaluates the band's total musical performance from the perspectives of content and achievement. This adjudicator is located in the press box.
Music Effect (15%): Evaluates the musical repertoire, including such aspects as creativity, variety, artistry, and audience engagement. Also evaluates achievement of the repertoire. This adjudicator is located in the press box.
Visual Effect (15%): Evaluates the visual repertoire including staging, variety, creativity, artistry, enhancement of music and audience appeal. Also evaluates achievement through communication, professionalism and emotion. This adjudicator is located in the press box.
Color Guard (5%): Individual and ensemble performance of all color guard/auxiliary units, including flags, rifles, sabers, twirlers, majorettes, and dancers. This adjudicator is located in the press box. Note: If a band competes without a color guard, the average of the visual ensemble and visual performance score sheets will be used as a substitute for this caption.
Adjudicators for The Bandmasters Championship are selected by the contest staff. Each adjudicator must possess the highest level of competence and fairness, and have a solid reputation among fellow music educators.
To ensure the selection of qualified Adjudicators with consistent educational philosophies, the contest staff may utilize the services of a judges' association.
To facilitate continuity of judging from one year to the next, up to three (3) Adjudicators may be retained from the previous year's panel. However, no person may serve as an Adjudicator more than two (2) years consecutively.
Every effort is made to select Adjudicators from outside the immediate geographic areas of the participating bands.
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