Percussion Classifications

Proper classification is essential if we are to have a level playing field for all of our participants. There are several options of classification for Percussion groups to enter. It is extremely important for all groups to place themselves in the proper class. Groups should make every effort to compete in the class for which they are most suited. Groups who may be competing in the wrong class could find that the scoring process will isolate them because this criterion is so strongly attuned to the curriculum involved in the developmental process.

Marching Percussion CLASSIFICATIONS

Novice class

Scholastic Only

Ensembles are the younger, less developed participants than the PSA class. Here is where the novice or beginning student discovers the joy of performing and realizes the sense of achievement as each skill is learned.


A Class

Scholastic or Independent

We offer the following sub-classes for the A class:

Scholastic A (Scholastic Only)

Ensembles are the younger, less developed participants. Here is where the exploratory student discovers the joy of performing and realizes the sense of achievement as each skill is learned. Evaluation will be on the WGI A Class Marching Sheet.

Scholastic A - Advanced (Scholastic Only)

Ensembles that are meeting expectations for the scholastic level and show intermediate level to advanced demonstrations of concepts. The sense of achievement as each skill is learned. Evaluation will be on the WGI A Class Marching Sheet. Groups that are competing in WGI Regionals and/or WGI World Championships should compete in this class.

Independent A (Independent Only)

Ensembles that are meeting expectations for the A class level and show intermediate level to advanced demonstrations of concepts. The sense of achievement as each skill is learned. Evaluation will be on the WGI A Class Marching Sheet.


Open Class

Scholastic or Independent

Ensembles have some experience in the indoor percussion arena. Open Class ensembles have several members who understand the skills required to perform intermediate levels of playing and movement. Here is where the intermediate student explores new challenges through performance and realizes a greater sense of achievement as each more complex skill is learned. Evaluation will be on the WGI Marching Open Class Sheet.


World Class

Scholastic or Independent

Ensembles demonstrate a high degree of advanced development. All of the performers contribute to the consistent high levels of performance being demonstrated. World Class ensembles are trendsetters in the indoor percussion activity. Programs are unique and innovative and these components are important at this level. Some very sophisticated challenges will be placed on the performers. Evaluation will be on the WGI Marching World Class Sheet.


Concert Percussion Classifications

A Class

Scholastic Only

For those Scholastic or Independent percussion ensembles through the 12th grade who wish to concentrate on the percussive element only. Instrumentation must be oriented to the performance of concert percussion. Movement will be permitted in order to allow performers to change equipment or to allow for better presentation of musical performance only. One non-student conductor is allowed in the concert classes only. This is not a marching /visual class. Credit will be given for musical elements only. Here is where the basic to intermediate student explores new challenges through performance and realizes a greater sense of achievement as each more complex skill is learned.


Open Class

Scholastic Only

For those Scholastic or Independent percussion ensembles through the 12th grade who wish to concentrate on the percussive element only. Instrumentation must be oriented to the performance of concert percussion. Movement will be permitted in order to allow performers to change equipment or to allow for better presentation of musical performance only. One non-student conductor is allowed in the concert classes only. This is not a marching /visual class. Credit will be given for musical elements only. Here is where the basic to intermediate student explores new challenges through performance and realizes a greater sense of achievement as each more complex skill is learned.


World Class

Scholastic Only

for those Scholastic or Independent percussion ensembles with members through the 12th grade and beyond (to age 22 per WGI regulations) who wish to concentrate on the percussive element only. Instrumentation must be oriented to the performance of concert percussion. Movement will be permitted in order to allow performers to change equipment or to allow for better presentation of musical performance only. One non- student conductor is allowed in the concert classes only. This is not a marching /visual class. Credit will be given for musical elements only. These performers are experienced and fully trained. Trend setting programs and performance levels are often displayed.