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

Drumlines must submit an online entry form, and send the 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
  • Entry deadline due two weeks prior to event

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.

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 will employ a single performance format. The performance order will be 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 receive the Champion Performance Assignment as follows:
    1. Champions shall be assigned the last performance time in their class.
    2. In the event that a returning Champion has moved into a new division or class that drumline will be assigned the second to last performance time within that new division/class.

Directors Circle (DC) Recipients, Emerald & Crystal, returning to the Lone Star Classic will receive the Lone Star Classic Director’s Circle Performance Assignment as follow:

  • DC Recipients shall be assigned performance times immediately prior to the returning champion(s).
  • In the event that more than one Lone Star Classic DC Recipient is in a given class, then the order of performance will be determined first by level (Emerald or Crystal) then by the time stamp of the electronic or mail-in registration.

NOTES on time assignments:

  • A drumline director may request an earlier playing time than assigned due to conflicts or other reasons.
  • On a space-available basis all electronic entries time stamped or mailed entries postmarked after the registration deadline may be added to the playing performance schedule or wait-listed.
    • Late entrants (entries after the two-week cutoff) must contact the Lone Star Classic Chairman.
    • Late Entries will receive performance times available on the schedule at the time of entry.
    • Wait-listed groups will be assigned the performance time at the discretion of the Lone Star Classic Committee so as not to cause logistics planning problems with other schools

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 school’s drumline.

The Lone Star Classic may limit the total number of entries from all Divisions. We anticipate a limit of 75 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.

Drumline

ADJUDICATION

  • A minimum of four and a maximum of six judges will adjudicate the field performances. In the event that six judges are utilized the highest and lowest scores will be dropped. Established tie-breakers will still apply.
  • 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.
  • Penalty deductions will be subtracted from the Raw Score resulting in a Net Score and shall be assessed using the following criteria:
Overtime (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

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.

INSTRUMENTATION

  • Any acoustic or electronic percussion is allowed.
  • The Lone Star Classic will make reasonable efforts to provide electricity via a single outlet box, but each group needs to have their own backup plan in the event power from the venue/stadium is not available. 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.

RANKING

  • Judges will adjudicate each performance based on a 100-point scale:

40 points Execution
30 points Performance Effectiveness
30 points Repertoire

  • The sum of the judges’ scores will be divided by the number of judges to determine the Raw Score.
  • Penalty deductions will be reduced from the Raw Score resulting in a Net Score.
  • Drumlines will be ranked from highest Net Score to lowest Net Score

In the event of a tie the following will determine rank:

  • Tiebreaker #1: rank based on the average of the Execution Score.
  • Tiebreaker #2: rank based on the average of the Performance Effectiveness Score.
  • Tiebreaker #3: rank based on the average of the Repertoire Score.
  • Tiebreaker #4: rank based on penalty deductions (lower deduction is ranked higher).
  • In the event drumlines are tied after four tiebreakers, the position will be declared a draw and each drumline will share the position.

Solo & Ensemble

ADJUDICATION

  • A minimum of two and maximum of four judges will adjudicate solo & ensemble performances.
  • Overtime/Undertime penalties for Soloists and Small Ensembles are based on minimum/maximum requirements listed below in Solo and Ensemble Competition sections.
  • Penalty deductions will be subtracted from the Raw Score resulting in a Net Score and shall be assessed using the following criteria:
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 SOLO snare and tenor performance based on a 100-point scale:

45 points Execution
45 points Performance Effectiveness
10 points Compulsory

  • 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 Ensemble performance based on a 100-point scale:

40 points Execution
30 points Performance Effectiveness
30 points Repertoire

  • The sum of the Judges’ scores will be divided by the number of Judges to determine the Raw Score.
  • Penalty deductions will be reduced from the Raw Score resulting in a Net Score.
  • The Soloists will be ranked from highest Net Score to lowest Net Score

In the event of a tie the following will determine rank. Note that tiebreaker #4 and draw are common across the solo & ensemble areas.

Snare & Tenor

  • Tiebreaker #1: rank based on the average of the Execution
  • Tiebreaker #2: rank based on the average of the Performance Effectiveness
  • Tiebreaker #3: rank based on the average of the Compulsory

Keyboard

  • Tiebreaker #1: rank based on the average of the Execution
  • Tiebreaker #2: rank based on the average of the Repertoire
  • Tiebreaker #3: rank based on the average of the General Effect

Ensemble

  • Tiebreaker #1: rank based on the average of the Execution
  • Tiebreaker #2: rank based on the average of the Performance Effectiveness
  • Tiebreaker #3: rank based on the average of the Repertoire

Tiebreaker #4: rank based on penalty deductions (lower deduction is ranked higher).

In the event the solo/ensemble are tied after four tiebreakers, the position will be declared a draw and each solo/ensemble will share the position.

AWARDS

There will be one awards ceremony at the conclusion of all drumline performances.

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

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

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

Placement Awards will be given for the top five (5) place finishers in each class.

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

Most Creative Drumline Show – drawn from any 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

  • Judging sheets, comments and performance video will be made available electronically after the event conclusion.
  • 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 scheduled performance time. This time includes off unloading, warm-up and movement into position. In the event of inclement weather being declared, warm-up times will be reduced.
  • Soloists may warm-up in the designated warm-up area.
  • 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.

INCLEMENT WEATHER PLAN

In the event of inclement weather, the Lone Star Classic Committee will consider safety, conditions and performance equity when implementing competition changes. 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 into an indoor facility for warm-up and performance. Warm-up times will be shortened.

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 Remind and Twitter.

 

Version 2017 (updated August 2017). These rules will be reviewed and updated annually.

2016 Rules