Marching bands usually spend hours and hours preparing their performance to be shown to the public. These marching band competitions are something to really look forward to if you are in a marching band. It is when the hard work and practice pay off, and you are able to enjoy the fruits of all the labor. The competitions themselves are fairly well structured, and entertaining to watch. They usually follow a strict schedule, allowing a certain amount of time for each band. The bands each give it their best shot, and then are judged based on several different factors.
The main factor is how musical the particular band is. Do they sound good together, or would they be better off in some other activity? If the band is able to produce a song that impresses the judges, they will likely see high scores in this area. This usually just boils down to the individual talents of all of the members of the band.
The uniformity of the band is also extremely important. This refers not only to their ability to musically compliment each other, but also their marching and outfits. With more and more practice, a marching band will seem more like they are comfortable with each other and know how to march and play in a way that shows this.
The uniforms and march itself are important, since the bands aren’t simply judged by how they sound to the ear. They are also graded based on how powerful their visual style is. If they perform a difficult drill while wearing complex uniforms and executing great flares, they will have more of a visual impact on the judges and be more likely to win.
The difficulty of the music is also taken into consideration. Two bands might have a similar performance, but if one of them has a few more tough notes than the other, they will be given preference when being judged.
Marching band competitions are exciting events where different bands from different schools can come together and perform, and hopefully learn things from each other. When one band is able to see another band, they can pick up techniques, or even just be inspired to practice more and become better. The competition is very friendly, and provides something to look forward to after countless hours of practice.