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How is performance order determined?

Prelim performance times - Bands who complete their registration by August 11, 2017 (online registration and payment received) will be placed in a draw for the premier performance times. Any bands completing registration after August 11, 2017 will be assigned Prelim performance times on a first-come-first-served basis and placed into the remaining available performance times. Additional consideration may be given for bands who have students with conflicting UIL schedules (sports, choir, etc) although this is not guaranteed. Directors are encouraged to put any special considerations in the comments section of the registration form when completing registration.

The 2016 TMC Grand Champion (if returning) is provided the opportunity to select their desired performance time in Prelim competition prior to August 11, 2017 provided they have completed registration.

Finals performance times - The Finals performance order will be determined by a top-5, bottom-5 draw. The top five (5) scoring finalist bands will draw for the last five (5) performance times and the bottom five (5) scoring finalist bands will draw for the first five (5) performance times.

How is scoring calculated?

The scoring system uses a combination of judges scores for music, marching and visual effects/enhancement. The weight of the numbers in the TMC scoring system places 40% of the score within the area of general effect and 60% within the performance area.

The point allotment for the competition is as follows:

  • 30% Average of Music Performance (Individual), judged on the field and Music Performance (Ensemble), judged from the stands

  • 30% Average of Visual Performance (Individual), judged from the field and Visual Performance (Ensemble), judged from the stands

  • 40% Average of General Effect Visual, judged from the highest point in the stands and General Effect Music, judged from the highest point in the stands

  • -xx points Timing & Penalties Judge

  • How do we get feedback from the judges?

    Bands receive a recorded verbal evaluation and score sheets from each judge. The emphasis is on the input the judge offers into the band’s program via the recorded evaluation. Recorded evaluations and scanned images of written critique will be made available via Dropbox. The timing of availability of these evaluations is as follows:

  • Written score sheets and verbal evaluations for bands not qualifying for Finals will be made available approximately 15 minutes after the Preliminary Awards Ceremony.

  • Bands who qualify for Finals competition will be able to download their verbal evaluation from Preliminaries competition approximately 15 minutes after the Preliminary Awards Ceremony however written evaluations from Preliminary competition will only be made available following Finals competition.

  • Finals competition evaluations (both written and verbal) will be made available approximately 15 minutes following the completion of the Full Retreat held at the end of the Finals competition. Bands competing in Finals will also receive their written evaluations from Preliminaries at this time.
  • What Awards/Trophies will be distributed?

    Preliminaries
    After preliminaries the top three (3) bands in each classification will be given a trophy. There will also be five (5) caption awards. The 5 caption trophies are for Visual, Music, General Effect, Color Guard, and Percussion.

    Finals
    There will be 1st/2nd/3rd place trophies for the top three (3) bands. The remaining bands (placing 4th-10th) will receive a finals qualifier trophy. There will be caption trophies for Visual, Music, General Effect, Color Guard, and Percussion. Individual medals will also be given to each member of the grand champion (1st place) band.

    Participation
    All bands will receive a participation trophy to commemorate your band's performance at the Texas Marching Classic.

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