Adjudication

SoundSport® competitions will feature 3 judges who will evaluate Music, Visual and Overall Impression. Execution will be important as in any marching music competition; however SoundSport® will place additional emphasis on audience engagement and showmanship. Remember, SoundSport® is all about achieving the best combination of both excellence and fan enjoyment!

While teams are “adjudicated” there are no scores. The goal should be to attain excellence in everything they do.

A panel of experts from the marching music arts community will support SoundSport teams by means of insightful, educational commentary. Feedback from the adjudication panel will inform SoundSport teams’ ongoing development as a marching music ensemble.

Achievement levels will be awarded to each group as an indicator of the team’s success in meeting specified adjudication criteria.

The table below will be used to establish the overall rating for each team. Essentially the majority will prevail in determining the award level. If a team receives 2 Gold and 1 Silver, the overall award will be gold. If there is a three-way split in the judges’ decisions (G, S, B), a Silver overall distinction will be awarded.

Rating 1Rating 2Rating 3Overall Rating
GoldGoldGoldGold
GoldGoldSilverGold
GoldSilverSilverSilver
SilverSilverSilverSilver
SilverSilverBronzeSilver
SilverBronzeBronzeBronze
BronzeBronzeBronzeBronze
GoldGoldBronzeSilver
GoldBronzeBronzeSilver
GoldSilverBronzeSilver

At the conclusion of the contest, judges will deliberate to decide a “best of show” recipient. When determining the best of show recipient, the judge panel should give consideration to the Overall Impression as a main factor in awarding a team the distinction.

Judging Sheets: