2020 LONE STAR CLASSIC – Saturday, November 7, 2020

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.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

The health and safety of all participants and spectators is our first priority.  The 2020 Lone Star Classic will be a virtual competition in addition to following UIL regulations for social distancing.

ENTRY

Entry fee is $150.  Entry Deadline is November 1 (see below for Entry Group deadlines for performance slots). 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.

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 (formatting)

  • 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

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

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

The performance order will be 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.
  • DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE members will automatically receive the performance time just before the Returning Champions placement in this priority order: Emerald, Crystal.
  • 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.

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 1st 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/comments only.

INSTRUMENTATION

  • Any acoustic or electronic percussion is allowed.
  • Accompaniment by non-percussion instrumentation is permitted.
  • All music must be performed live.

FIELD PERFORMANCE RULES

  • Each drumline will be allotted a maximum time of 8 minutes for their performance. The submitted video should have approximately 30 seconds of footage before and after the 8 minute performance to allow for video editing that will be used for the live stream.
  • Times will be reported in the final scoring.

VIDEO SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

COVID SAFETY: LSC expects the overall safety of all participants will be the top priority for every group. LSC expects all groups to follow the health guidelines of their local area during the production of their video entry.

  • There are no space restrictions on the performance area to allow for maximum social distancing. Performance space can be indoors or outdoors.
  • Videos must be one take – spliced footage will not be accepted.
  • Viewpoint should be from an elevated perspective. Zooming in or moving camera is not permitted.
  • Audio microphone placement is not restricted. Drumlines may want to add an audio feed to their recordings.
  • You will be required to upload your videos to a OneDrive location unique to your school. Information on how to upload will come at a later date.
  • All videos must be uploaded by Thursday, November 5, at 11:59 p.m. or the entry will be disqualified.

The program must own rights to this video (recorded it yourself) and consent to it being posted on the Lone Star classic website/YouTube channel for use in this Virtual Competition, and to the LSC organization for use in any advertising or educational purposes.

JUDGING

LSC reserves the right to adjust size of the judges panel based on participation for the virtual event.

  • A minimum of two 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 8-minute allotment for performance (and do not pertain to video footage before or after the 8-minute performance). Overtime/Undertime penalties for Soloists and Small Ensembles are based on minimum/maximum requirements listed 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 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 two (2) minutes. The maximum time for solo snare and solo tenor shall be four (4) minutes.
  • The minimum performance time for solo keyboard shall be three (3) minutes. The maximum time for solo keyboard shall be seven (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 may choose to introduce themselves and the title and composer of their work.
  • The minimum performance time for Drum Ensembles shall be two (2) minutes and the maximum shall be four (4) minutes.
  • The minimum performance time for Percussion Ensembles shall be two and a half (2.5) minutes and the maximum shall be eight (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

LSC reserves the right to adjust the number of placements based on participation in each Division.

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-RedStandstill 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.

Awards will be delivered if local or shipped if too far.

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

  • 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.
  • Lone Star Classic recaps will be posted to the website within 24 hours of the event conclusion.

ALTERATIONS TO CONTEST FORMAT

If there are technical issues or adjustments to the schedule, they will be posted on Twitter.

Version 2020 (updated October, 2020). These rules will be reviewed and updated annually.

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