ELIGIBILITY

Any high school drumline. All members of the drumline must be in compliance with all U.I.L. and H.B. 72 extracurricular activity and eligibility rules.

ENTRY

Entry fee is $200.  Drumlines must submit an online entry form, and pay online via PayPal or send entry fee to:

Marcus High School Band
2221 Justin Road
Suite 119 #234
Flower Mound, TX 75028

  • Make your check payable to Marcus High School Band; indicate “Lone Star Classic” in the memo/comment area
  • Indicate clearly on the check your group’s school name or soloist’s name
  • Entries will be grouped as follows (with the exception of 2017 Division winners):
    • April 1 through May 31 entries – Group 1 draw for performance times
    • June 1 through August 31 entries – Group 2 draw for performance times
    • September 1 through October 26 entries – Group 3 draw for performance times
  • Entry deadline is October 26th (two weeks prior to event).  Late entries, please email chair@lonestarclassic-dlc.com for availability.  Late registration fee is $225.
  • Entries are not considered official until paid in full.  Drumlines not paid prior to November 1 may lose priority performance slots.

DIVISIONS and CLASSIFICATIONS

The Lone Star Classic Committee and Tournament Director reserve the right to make adjustments to the segmentation to maintain even contest groupings. Notification to the appropriate directors will be given prior to the contest.

For the following Divisions and Classifications definitions and counts, “members” will refer to only “percussionists”, including all front ensemble (including keyboard/piano) and battery players.  Any wind or color guard members will not be included in your drumline count for classification or judging purposes.

Marching | Drumline performances that include marching and/or drill as part of their performance

  • Marching is open class and can be comprised of any number of members.

Standstill 1 | Advanced Experienced Drumlines

  • Red Classification consists of groups with 29 or fewer members
  • Silver Classification consists of groups with 30 or more members
  • Returning Champion in the Red Classification from the previous year have the option of advancing to the Silver Classification without restrictions to size at the discretion of the tournament director.

Standstill 2 | Novice and Intermediate Experienced Drumlines

  • Red Classification consists of groups with 20 or fewer members
  • Silver Classification consists of groups with 21 or more members

Solo

  • There will be one division for each solo performance instrument
  • Instruments include: Snare, Tenor, Keyboard

Ensembles

  • Drum Ensemble
    • Will consist of battery instruments (snare, tenor bass, cymbals)
    • The ensemble must have no less than 3 members and no more than 10 members
  • Percussion Ensemble
    • Will consist of traditional percussion instruments
    • The ensemble must have no less than 4 members and no more than 10 members

Note that drumline time slot may be impacted by ensemble schedules.

Division and Class v3.0

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

The Lone Star Classic employs a Preliminary/Final format for the Standstill 1-Red, Standstill 1-Silver and Marching Divisions.  Lone Star Classic reserves the right to change the format to a “finals only” format depending on the number of drumlines registered and/or inclement weather. Please see page 7 for possible alterations to the format.

For the PRELIMINARIES in the Divisions where a Finals Competition is offered, and for the Standstill 2-Red, Standstill 2-Silver, the performance order will be drawn by lottery based on group registration dates as explained under “Entry” determined by the time stamp on the electronic registration or mailed in registration with the following exceptions:

  • The Lone Star Classic Committee reserves the right to move the performance time to accommodate unavoidable and acceptable conflicts. Examples of acceptable conflicts are academic conflicts, SAT testing and other published UIL events. Directors are asked to be aware of these conflicts and state them on the registration.
  • RETURNING CHAMPIONS to the Lone Star Classic will automatically receive the Champion Performance Assignment as follows:
    1. Standstill 1-Red, Standstill 1-Silver and Marching Champion shall be assigned the last performance time for their preliminary performance only.
    2. Standstill 2-Red, Standstill 2-Silver shall be assigned the last performance time in their class.
  • A drumline director may request an earlier playing time than assigned due to conflicts or other reasons. Assignments will be made at LSC discretion.
  • Late or wait-listed entries will be reviewed by LSC and will receive performance times available on the schedule as published.

Performance time and order for FINALS PERFORMANCES shall be determined during check-in via blind draw.

All Soloists will be placed in random order of postmarked entry and paid entry receipt. The Lone Star Classic Committee reserves the right to make adjustments as necessary for soloists to accommodate other contest commitments with their own school’s drumline.

Entries after November 1 must contact the Lone Star Classic Chairman.

The Lone Star Classic may limit the total number of entries from all Divisions. We anticipate a limit of 80 competing drumlines, 15 entries each for Tenor, Snare and Keyboard Soloists, and 5 Small Ensemble entries. A minimum of 3 entries in each of the solo and ensemble categories is required for adjudication. If this minimum is not met, then the entrant will be allowed to perform an exhibition.

INSTRUMENTATION

  • Any acoustic or electronic percussion is allowed. Electricity will be provided to a single outlet box. Each group is responsible to provide its own electric power cords and equipment.
  • Accompaniment by non-percussion instrumentation is permitted.
  • All music must be performed live.

FIELD RULES

  • Each drumline will be allotted a maximum time on the field of 12 minutes to enter, set-up, perform, tear down and exit the contest area.
  • The drumline will be signaled by a field official to enter the field. The start of the allotted time shall be when equipment crosses the start line onto the field.
  • The stop time shall be when all equipment has been removed from the performance area.
  • No performance field boundaries will be imposed.
  • Times will be reported in the final scoring.

JUDGING

  • A minimum of three and a maximum of four judges will adjudicate the field performances for Standstill Division II ensembles. During Preliminary performances, a four-judge panel will adjudicate Standstill Division I and Marching ensembles. For Finals performances, a minimum of four and a maximum of six judges will adjudicate. In the event that six judges are utilized the highest and lowest scores will be dropped. Established tie-breakers will still apply.
  • Solo and Small Ensemble performances will be judged by a minimum of two and maximum of four judges.
  • Each drumline will be judged in, and scores allotted to the following: Execution, Repertoire and Performance Effectiveness.
  • Overtime penalties for drumline performances are based on the 12 minute allotment for set-up, performance and clearance from the field. Overtime/Undertime penalties for Soloists and Small Ensembles are based on minimum/maximum requirements listed in section 7 below.
  • Penalty deductions will be reduced from the Raw Score resulting in a Net Score and shall be assessed from the following table:
Overtime / Undertime (seconds) Deduction
10 to 30 0.5
31 to 45 0.8
45 to 60 1.0
61 1.0 + 0.5 for each 20 seconds increment greater than 60 seconds overtime

SOLO COMPETITION

  • The soloists will be announced. The judges will signal solo performers when they are ready to for the performer to begin. The soloist may choose to introduce themselves and the title and composer of their work. Snare and Tenor soloists should begin with their compulsory.
  • The minimum performance time for solo snare and solo tenor shall be 2 minutes. The maximum time for solo snare and solo tenor shall be 4 minutes.
  • The minimum performance time for solo keyboard shall be 3 minutes. The maximum time for solo keyboard shall be 7 minutes.
  • Snare Compulsory: Double Stroke Roll, Open-Close-Open, not to exceed 60 seconds holding Close not less than 10 seconds.
  • Tenor Compulsory: Single Stroke Roll, Open-Close-Open, not to exceed 60 seconds, holding Close not less than 10 seconds. Use a single drum.

Ensemble COMPETITION

  • The ensemble will be announced. The judges will signal performers when they are ready to for the ensemble to begin. The ensemble may choose to introduce themselves and the title and composer of their work.
  • The minimum performance time for Drum Ensembles shall be 2 minutes and the maximum shall be 4 minutes.
  • The minimum performance time for Percussion Ensembles shall be 2.5 minutes and the maximum shall be 8 minutes.

RANKING

  • Judges will adjudicate each Drumline Standstill & Marching performance based on a 100-point scale:
    • 40 points Execution
    • 30 points Repertoire
    • 30 points Performance Effectiveness
  • Judges will adjudicate each SOLO snare and tenor performance based on a 100-point scale:
    • 10 points Compulsory
    • 45 points Execution
    • 45 points Performance Effectiveness
  • Judges will adjudicate each SOLO keyboard performance based on a 100-point scale:
    • 35 points Execution
    • 35 points Repertoire
    • 30 points General Effect
  • Judges will adjudicate each Small Ensemble performance based on a 100-point scale:
    • 35 points Execution
    • 35 points Repertoire
    • 30 points General Effect
  • The sum of the Judges’ scores will be divided by the number of Judges to determine the average Raw Score.
  • Penalty deductions will be reduced from the Raw Score resulting in a Net Score.
  • The Drumlines, Soloists and Small Ensembles will be ranked from highest Net Score to lowest Net Score

In the event of a tie:

  • First tiebreaker will be determined by ranking the drumlines based on the average of the Execution Score.
  • Second tiebreaker will be determined by ranking the drumlines based on the average of the Performance Effectiveness Score.
  • Third tiebreaker will be determined by ranking the drumlines based on the average of the Repertoire Score or Compulsory Score.
  • Fourth tiebreaker will be based on the lower amount of penalty deductions.
  • In the event drumlines or soloists are tied after four tiebreakers, the position will be declared a draw and each drumline will share the position.

AWARDS

Placement Awards will be given to soloists and ensembles for the top three (3) performances in each division.

Caption Awards in each Division will be given for the following:

  • Best Cymbal Line
  • Best Tenor Line
  • Best Bass Line
  • Best Snare Line
  • Best Front Ensemble

The Caldwell Cup, Best Percussion Performance, will be awarded to the drumline scoring the highest tabulated net score of the Preliminary performance. The Award consists of one traveling trophy and one permanent trophy.

Standstill 2-Red and Standstill 2-Silver Placement Awards in each Division will be given to the top eight (8) place finishers

Standstill 1-Red, Standstill 1-Silver and Marching Division Placement Awards will be given for the top five (5) place finalists

Most Creative Drumline Show – drawn from any finals drumline performance.

EQUIPMENT STORAGE

An open area for temporary storage will be provided under your own supervision, and at the drumlines’ own risk. The Lone Star Committee assumes no risk of loss, damage or theft.

JUDGES COMMENTS

  • Drumlines will be provided a recording of their Lone Star Classic performance.
  • Judging sheets and comments will be made available electronically after the event conclusion.
  • Note: Preliminary recaps will not be available until after the event conclusion.
  • Hard copies of the Finals recap will be available after the finals awards at director check-in.
  • Lone Star Classic recaps will be posted to the website within 24 hours of the event conclusion.

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Each drumline will be allotted 120 minutes on-site prior to their performance. This time includes off unloading, warm-up and movement into position.
  • Soloists may warm-up in the designated warm-up area.
  • Finalists will be allotted 75 minutes (or as time allows) on-site prior to their performance. This time includes off unloading, warm-up and movement into position.
  • Due to local city ordinance, warm-up and practice on site will be allowed only in the areas designated. Play outside of this area for all Divisions and all Soloists is prohibited. Directors: please help us comply with this ordinance.
  • Drumlines are not allowed to re-apportion their practice area.

ALTERATIONS TO CONTEST FORMAT

In the event of Inclement Weather, or issues with the number of registered drumlines, the Lone Star Classic Committee will consider the safety, the forecasts and the conditions permitting each group to perform equally to the conditions providing an optimum performance. After consideration of these factors, the Lone Star Classic Committee reserves the rights to amend the scheduled performances in any of the following manners as deemed appropriate at the time of the decision:

Option 1: Move the groups scheduled to perform in the stadium into an indoor facility (gymnasium). If any one of the groups in the division (SS1-R or SS1-S or Marching) are moved indoors for prelims, then the entire division will perform prelims indoors.

Option 2: In the event of changing weather conditions on the field, a delay may be issued for performing groups. These announcements will be broadcast on Twitter.

Option 3: Change the event to a one performance (i.e. “finals only”) event.

In the event that delays or changing weather conditions preempt the full execution of the Finals Event for any division, then the scores from Preliminaries shall be used to determine Finals placement. As an example, if the first two SS1-R groups have performed and then inclement weather (sufficient in the sole judgment of the Lone Star Classic Committee Chairman) prevents other groups from performing on “an equal plane”, then the Finals Event will be stopped and the scores from Preliminaries will be used to determine the Finals Placement.

Version 2018 (updated March 2018). These rules will be reviewed and updated annually.

 

2017 Rules
2016 Rules