SoundSport® is first and foremost about entertainment and education. The competitions feature 3 judges who evaluate Music Performance, Visual Performance, and Overall Impression. Execution is important as in any marching music competition; however SoundSport® places additional emphasis on audience engagement and showmanship. SoundSport® is designed to achieve the best combination of excellence, education, and fan enjoyment!

Each performing ensemble strives to attain excellence in everything they do. The emphasis is on achieving your best performance for both yourselves and your audience.

A panel of qualified marching arts adjudicators support SoundSport teams with insightful and educational commentary. Feedback from the adjudication panel helps SoundSport ensembles improve performance and programming.

In some adjudicated settings, SoundSport competitions include numerical scores to give teams insight into their success in meeting the specified adjudication criteria. Each caption awards performances with a total score out of 100 possible points. The total score for each performing ensemble will be calculated by adding the full value of all captions and dividing by three, rounding the final score to the nearest hundredth (0.01) point.

It should be understood that if you enter more than one contest, scores will vary from contest to contest. Performance variations primarily shape your score, but impact is also made with the dynamics of the contest. The number of contestants and the overall level of achievement of all contestants will impact scoring within each caption criteria. SoundSport ensembles can expect to receive evaluation of that day’s performance with no weight given to past scoring.


At the conclusion of the contest, recognition awards are awarded for Best in Class, the highest scoring ensemble in each competitive class, and the highest scoring ensemble regardless of competitive class, Best in Show. In the event of a tied score, consideration will be given to the Overall Impression as a main factor in awarding a team Best in Class distinctions. Any tie for Best in Show will not be broken but rather be awarded to the two or more ensembles with a tie in their final score.

Performing ensembles will are awarded a Gold/Silver/Bronze rating corresponding to their numerical score. SoundSport competitions feature a festival style awards ceremony where ensembles are not ranked by score using ordinals. Accordingly, participants’ numerical scores will not be announced or released to the general public. The medal rating that corresponds to numerical score is as follows:

Achievement Level:Sometimes:Consistently:Always:
Medal Rating:BronzeSilverGold

Judging Sheets: