Classification is based on number of winds in the ensemble.

  • Class A = 50 or less winds
  • Class AA = 51-79 winds
  • Class AAA= 80-109 winds
  • Class AAAA= 110 or more winds

Cap City uses four judges, one each for Music, Ensemble Visual (Marching), Percussion Ensemble, and Color Guard. The judges use a 500-point scoring system, with scores beginning at zero. The band is awarded points for proficiency and technical ability in each of the four areas: music, marching), color guard, and percussion, with consideration given to qualities of technique, execution, expression, and effectiveness. Each band is considered on its own merit for style, theme, and approach. Placement for overall awards in each class are based on the combined Music and Ensemble Visual (Marching) scores. Placement for awards in Color Guard and Percussion are based on those individual scores.

Scoring Rubric

Music / Ensemble Visual
Music500 points
Ensemble Visual (Marching)500 points
Total Possible Music / Visual Points1,000 points
Color Guard
Color Guard Points500 points
Percussion Ensemble
Percussion Ensemble Points500 points