Join us for a FRESH NEW marching band competition
in 2020!


We believe show design is important when it comes to marching band, but we believe even more in execution, instruction, and performance demand. We love the marching sport, the music, and the students. We believe in creating genuine connections between performer and audience through excellence in musicality and performance, in placing more emphasis on the execution of a true marching band performance over the production value of a show. That’s why we believe in the importance of our Director’s Choice Marching Games. We hope you’ll join us as we get back to the basics of what made marching band competitions great in the first place, and we invite you to come and play. 


Regional Dates

San Antonio – October 3, 2020
Dallas 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) 





What is the Director’s Choice Marching Games? 

A contest that gives more weight to execution over content. For more information on rules and guidelines, click here. 


Do the Marching Games’ 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 Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, Color Guard/Auxiliary, Visual Winds and BatteryFinals competition is open classification

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


View the Rules & Regulations

How will classification be determined? 

The Director’s Choice Marching Games classification will be determined based on the number of marching winds and percussion in your ensemble, not your school enrollment.


How will Marching Games be scored? 

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

  • 4 Music Adjudicators
    • 1 Woodwind
    • 1 Brass
    • 1 Percussion
    • 1 Music Ensemble
  • 3 Visual Adjudicators
    • 1 Individual Wind & Battery
    • 1 Individual Color Guard/Auxiliary
    • 1 Visual Ensemble

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.

Additional information currently in the Rules and Guidelines overview

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Watch this Beyond the Clef episode with Bryan Christian discussing what it takes to have a winning marching band program.


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