Date of Award

Spring 3-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Music Education (MME)



First Advisor

Dr. Ryan Curtis

Second Advisor

Dr. Katherine Herrell

Third Advisor

Dr. Matthew Hoormann


This project takes an in depth look at the marching band scoring system in the attempt to aid small school bands. The adjudicator sheets of the competitive marching band circuit were evaluated to see what criteria judges are looking for in a performance. To attain the highest scoring rating, it seems that the performance needs to be original, captivating, and executed with high accuracy based on the research. The first two expectations, original and captivating, are objective to the individual and require custom elements, referred to as non-performance variables throughout the paper. This paper sought to find what judges look for and offer suggestions to aid small schools in the scoring process as compared to larger ensembles.