State Marching Band Contest
(Procedures Below)

         I.     Qualification to Entry-Schools that choose to participate at the Arkansas State Marching Contest must earn a 1st or 2nd Division at Region
               Marching Assessment.
  Schools will have to pre-register by a prescribed date.  If a band pre-registers for the event, and does not qualify at
               Region Assessment then the entire amount of the registration fee will be refunded.

            II.     Prescribed Date - The event will be held Monday-Tuesday of the 18th AAA calendar week, rain date is Monday-Tuesday of the 19th week.  For  2017
                Monday-Tuesday, October 30-31 - rain date Monday-Tuesday, November 6-7.

           III.    Fees - The Registration Fee for this event will be $300.00. Tickets for State Marching Contest will be $10 each.

           IV.     Format of Contest - The bands will compete by ASBOA Classification in this event. Each band will perform once during the contest (no finals).   
                There will be 3 music judges and 2 visual judges for the event.
  The scoring breakdown would be 60% Music, and 40%  Visual.

             V.     Awards (Find a Corporate Sponsor for Awards)

         1st Division Marching Ensemble

         3rd Place in Class

         2nd Place in Class

         1st Place in Class

         Overall Music

         Overall Visual

           VI.     Judging Pool - All judge recommendations need to be turned into the State Marching Band Committee Chair by May 1st. The                
                committee will meet in June to select judges for the next calendar year.
  Judges for the upcoming year will already be contracted.
                Judges will be paid $600 plus expenses.

          VII.     Hosting Location and Requirements - There will be one day for the A, AA, and AAA Ensembles and, a day for the AAAA and AAAAA Ensembles. Schools will be able to make a presentation to the Executive Board each year to earn the privilege to host the event.  The Board will vote each year during Summer Board. Listed below are the items that will be considered in giving a school the opportunity to host the event:





            Dates - including Rain Date


  • Security

  • Seating Capacity

  • Custodial Services

  • Food for Judges during event

  • Gate


         VIII.    Finances and Logistics - All finances and scheduling will be run through the ASBOA Office.  The Executive Secretary or his/her designee will be in charge of the event.  They will:  run the contest office, process entry fees, schedule the event, pay all judges and their expenses, maintain communication with the participants, order awards, and maintain the records of the event. The host will be responsible for:  maintaining facilities, staffing the contest with runners, concession workers, security, janitorial staff, field workers, warm-up area workers, ticket booth operators, and any other workers that are deemed necessary for the event.


            IX.      Profits - The ASBOA Office will handle all school payments, and receive 80% of the money that is collected at the gate. The host will keep all profit that is earned in the concession stand, and receive 20% of the money that is collected at the gate. 


State Marching Band Contest Procedures   --   All Classes   --   A MUST READ!

Invitation to Host

g Band Contest Registration