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The 25th Annual Capital City Marching Festival

The grand tradition continues!

Join us on October 7, 2017 for the 25th Anniversary of Central Texas’ favorite marching competition: the Capital City Marching Festival!

What does Cap City offer your band?

The Capital City Marching Festival (CCMF) provides the absolute best competition in Class A, AA, AAA, AAAA. The CCMF presents the opportunity for bands to prepare for UIL marching band competition. Experienced judges view the competition from high above the stadium surface in order to provide constructive comments and scores that allow each band an opportunity to assess what is working well and what needs improvement as the UIL competition season approaches.

  • Competition at four classification levels – A, AA, AAA, AAAA – based on number of winds
  • Expert adjudicators who are the best in their caption areas
  • Detailed scoring and comments, including a CD of judges’ audio comments as well as a video recording of your band’s performance
  • An accessible location in central Austin
  • An ALL-WEATHER artificial stadium surface at a UIL competition field
  • Ample bus, pit truck/trailer, and spectator parking
  • Assignment of a dedicated Cap City host to greet each band when it arrives and guide it through the competition process
  • Excellent, well-separated warm-up areas
  • More than 2,000 enthusiastic spectators
  • Publicity outreach to local band communities
  • Multiple on-site water stations, rest rooms, and a first-aid station staffed by medical professionals
  • Reasonably priced food concessions, including the famous Cap City Curly Fries, and excellent souvenirs
  • Over two decades of experience in quality marching festival operations

The Capital City Marching Festival is a first-class marching band competition that provides an opportunity for high school bands and directors to perform their UIL contest show in front of a large, appreciative audience. The friendly environment encourages marching band students to prepare for their competitions to follow. The LBJ Band Boosters sponsor the festival.  The Capital City Festival venue continues to be the Toney Burger Center Stadium, which is outfitted with all-weather artificial turf; Burger Stadium is located in southwest Austin.

Capital City strives to provide the best judging experts in the marching band field.  We use 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.   Band classification is based on the number of woodwinds & brass in the band.

The LBJ band boosters are dedicated to offering each band program a fabulous state-of-the-art marching band experience. This year Capital City Festival is celebrating its 25th Anniversary of the competition. Scheduled for October 7, 2017, it promises to be an epic event.

For each of the four classes, trophies are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Special trophies are also awarded in each class for the top two percussion sections, and the top two colorguard units.  Two overall festival trophies are awarded: one to the band (of all classes) chosen by the judges as “the best musical performance” and “the best general effect”.

To see a list of all the bands that have participated in the Capital City Marching Festival since its beginning in 1993 through 2013, click here.