Tournament of Bands

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The Tournament of Bands (TOB) is one of the largest competitive band organizations in the United States and is one of several major circuits in the mid-Atlantic states (other circuits include Cavalcade of Bands and USBands). TOB was founded in 1972 by the National Judges Association and currently has 439 member bands. It provides a large array of competitive performance opportunities including marching band, indoor guard, majorette, percussion, and dance teams. TOB sanctions approximately 140 field band events as well as about 100 indoor events annually.

Membership[edit]

TOB is open to any elementary, middle, junior high, or senior high school, as well as any college or university. It also has an independent category which can be anyone within a certain age limit. Currently, TOB is divided into 13 Chapters across 9 states. The membership by state is as follows:

Marching band[edit]

The Tournament of Bands sanctions about 140 marching band competitions throughout each fall, corresponding roughly with high school football season. Bands are judged on a 100 point linear scale by judges both on the field and in the press box. Bands are also divided into groups based on their size, and judged only within their group. Sizes are as follows:

  • Group 1 – up to 30 musicians and a maximum of 30 auxiliary
  • Group 2 – 31 to 50 musicians and a maximum of 50 auxiliary
  • Group 3 – 51 to 75 musicians and a maximum of 75 auxiliary
  • Group 4 – 76 or greater[1]

In addition to the group sizes, there are three levels of performance classification that a member may elect to participate:

1. OPEN CLASS (formerly Championship) This level is what has been offered in the past - bands will compete throughout the season for TOB scoring and conclude their season with the annual Chapter Championship and qualification for the annual Atlantic Coast Championship.[1]

2. A CLASS (formerly Regional) This level is for the less experienced bands - bands will compete throughout the season, with emphasis on education and development, but still follow the TOB scoring. Student education, development, and staff training will be emphasized throughout the season.[1]

3. FESTIVAL CLASS This level will introduce bands to TOB - bands will compete, but at more of an exhibition level with awards based on a rating program without the announcement of a numeric score or place. Student education, development, and staff training will be emphasized throughout the season. This season concludes with the annual Chapter Championship, still following the rating system.[1]

  • Every TOB Show will offer the three levels of participation - in every group
  • Chapter Championships will include three levels of participation/awards
  • The Atlantic Coast Championship will only be offered to the OPEN CLASS (formerly Championship) and A CLASS (formerly Regional) participants.[1]

List of winners of Atlantic Coast Championships[2][edit]

Year Group 1-A/Invitational Group 1-Open Group 2-A/Invitational Group 2-Open Group 3-A/Invitational Group 3-Open Group 4-A/Invitational Group 4-Open
2016 Weehawken HS

(95.105)

Biglerville HS

(95.85)

West Essex HS

(94.405)

West Deptford HS

(97.90)

Middletown HS (PA)

(93.570)

Brick Memorial

(98.10)

Toms River North HS

(91.410)

West Shore School District

(96.55)

2015 Oakcrest HS

(95.920)

Biglerville HS

(97.00)

Clarke County HS

(95.235)

West Deptford HS

(98.65)

Metuchen HS

(94.010)

Brick Memorial HS

(97.85)

Loudoun County HS

(95.345)

Spring-Ford HS

(95.30)

2014 Perryville HS

(91.145)

Biglerville HS

(95.75)

Eastern Regional HS

(95.080)

Deptford HS

(97.30)

Sparta HS

(95.135)

West Deptford HS

(96.75)

Penncrest HS

(89.875)

Spring-Ford HS

(97.25)

2013 Collingswood HS

(92.80)

Biglerville HS

(96.80)

Oakcrest HS

(93.25)

West Deptford HS

(96.90)

Pennsauken HS

(94.40)

Southern Regional HS

(97.40)

Central Dauphin HS

(92.85)

Spring-Ford HS

(96.65)

2012 Cumberland Regional HS

(93.10)

Governor Livingston HS

(96.50)

Eastern Regional HS

(95.05)

West Deptford HS

(97.65)

Pennsauken HS

(96.60)

Mechanicsburg HS

(97.70)

Central Dauphin HS

(90.40)

Spring-Ford HS

(97.50)

2011 Triton Regional HS

(91.80)

Governor Livingston HS

(95.75)

Timber Creek HS

(Indoor - No Scores)

Southern Regional HS

(97.90)

Pennsauken HS

(93.80)

West Deptford HS

(96.55)

None Spring-Ford HS

(97.25)

2010 Catasauqua HS

(91.65)

Biglerville HS

(96.90)

Archbishop Wood HS

(94.80)

Brick Memorial HS

(97.85)

Middletown HS (PA)

(89.00)

West Deptford HS

(96.95)

None Spring-Ford HS

(96.20)

2009 Queen Anne's County HS

(82.00)

Pittston Area HS

(97.40)

Parkland HS

(88.40)

Brick Memorial HS

(96.85)

None Mechanicsburg HS

(96.85)

None Daniel Boone HS

(97.75)

2008 Catoctin HS

(82.65)

Governor Livingston HS

(96.25)

Big Spring HS

(87.75)

Brick Memorial HS

(97.45)

York HS

(86.65)

Mechanicsburg HS

(97.35)

None Spring-Ford HS

(96.90)

2007 Brunswick HS

(89.15)

Lake-Lehman HS

(97.60)

Hedgesville HS

(91.25)

Middle Twp HS

(97.20)

None Mechanicsburg HS

(98.80)*

None Spring-Ford HS

(97.90)

2006 North Carroll HS

(86.05)

Governor Livingston HS

(97.55)

Granby HS

(86.40)

Middle Twp HS

(98.15)

Eprhata

(89.10)

Mechanicsburg HS

(98.05)

None Spring-Ford HS

(97.30)

2005 Palerton HS

(86.35)

Governor Livingston HS

(97.45)

Aububon HS

(86.15)

Pocono Mountain West HS

(96.75)

Daniel Boone HS

(84.80)

Mechanicsburg HS

(98.80)*

None Lancaster Catholic HS &

Southern Regional HS (96.65)

2004 Big Spring HS

(87.40)

Henderson HS

(96.20)

Camp Hill HS

(88.70)

Pocono Mountain West HS

(96.95)

Aububon HS

(87.80)

Lancaster Catholic HS

(98.00)

None Southern Regional HS

(96.45)

2003 Timber Creek HS

(91.45)

Williamstown HS

(97.80)

Parkside HS

(89.40)

Middle Twp HS

(97.65)

Bloomsburg HS

(87.25)

Bensalem HS

(96.70)

None Southern Regional HS

(98.00)

2002 Highland Regional HS

(88.15)

Henderson HS

(96.35)

Camp Hill HS

(87.80)

Middle Twp HS

(96.60)

Severna Park HS

(89.55)

Absegami HS

(95.80)

None Westminster HS

(97.40)

2001 Gateway HS

(88.85)

Triton HS

(97.20)

Camp Hill HS

(89.70)

Middle Twp HS

(98.45)

Ephrata HS

(88.15)

Lancaster Catholic HS

(96.20)

None Pocono Mountain HS

(98.30)

2000 Montrose HS

(88.00)

Henderson HS

(96.70)

Williamstown HS

(90.00)

Middle Twp HS

(97.25)

East Pennsboro HS

(88.50)

Mechanicsburg HS

(98.55)

None Pocono Mountain HS

(98.25)

1999 Chesapeake HS

(85.75)

Pittston HS

(96.55)

Indian Valley HS

(86.65)

Middle Twp HS

(98.10)

Emmaus HS

(85.55)

Mechanicsburg HS

(97.25)

Linganore HS

(83.90)

Pocono Mountain HS

(98.05)

1998 Penncrest HS

(86.95)

Henderson HS

(97.65)

Abington HS

(89.65)

Middle Twp HS

(97.10)

Bermudian Springs HS

(92.20)

Absegami HS

(97.40)

None Pocono Mountain HS

(98.35)

1997 Nanticoke HS

(84.75)

Governor Livingston HS

(97.45)

Penns Grove HS

(89.65)

Middle Twp HS

(97.95)

Avonworth HS

(86.90)

Nazareth HS

(96.10)

Shawnee HS

(88.45)

Pocono Mountain HS

(97.90)

1996 None Hanover Area HS

(97.15)

None Middle Twp HS

(97.55)

None Red Land HS

(96.10)

None Mechanicsburg HS

(98.05)

1995 None Hanover Area HS

(97.85)

None Middle Twp HS

(98.05)

None Clearview HS

(97.35)

None Mechanicsburg HS

(97.65)

1994 None Haddon Heights HS

(96.60)

None Norristown HS

(96.75)

None Red Land HS

(97.15)

None Mechanicsburg HS

(98.80)*

1993 None Hanover Area HS

(96.20)

None Governor Livingston HS

(96.40)

None Red Land HS

(98.40)

None Carlisle HS

(97.20)

1992 None Governor Livingston HS

(97.35)

None Lake Lehman HS

(97.05)

None Middle Twp HS

(97.00)

None Mechanicsburg HS

(97.25)

1991 None Governor Livingston HS

(96.85)

None Lake Lehman HS

(97.65)

None Brandywine HS

(97.25)

None Carlisle HS

(98.30)

1990 None Governor Livingston HS

(96.05)

None Lake Lehman HS

(94.05)

None Middle Twp HS

(96.10)

None Carlisle HS

(97.65)

1989 None Governor Livingston HS

(95.05)

None Lake Lehman HS

(95.95)

None Middle Twp HS

(96.30)

None Williamsport HS

(97.60)

1988 None Governor Livingston HS

(96.15)

None Lake Lehman HS

(96.90)

None Middle Twp HS

(96.00)

None Carlisle HS

(96.90)

1987 None Steinert HS

(95.45)

None Lake Lehman HS

(95.00)

None Lebanon HS

(97.70)

None Williamsport HS

(96.75)

1986 None Bald Eagle Nittany HS

(91.60)

None Middle Twp HS

(93.75)

None Lake Lehman HS

(94.85)

None Mount Vernon HS

(97.20)

1985 None Bald Eagle Nittany HS

(85.45)

None Steinert HS

(93.25)

None Kearny HS

(95.50)

None Arlington HS

(96.35)

1984 None Boonton HS

(85.25)

None Steinert HS

(90.10)

None Lake Lehman HS

(91.35)

None Williamsport HS

(93.70)

1983 None Lock Haven HS

(80.20)

None Steinert HS

(84.70)

None Hammonton HS

(89.25)

None Arlington HS

(91.55)

1982 None David Brearly HS

(79.20)

None Northern Highlands HS

(84.40)

None Elizabeth HS

(89.15)

None Williamsport HS

(92.15)

1981 None Eastern Regional HS

(76.00)

None David Brearly HS

(83.20)

None Sun Valley HS

(89.75)

None Williamsport HS

(93.75)

1980 None Jonathon Dayton HS

(78.95)

None David Brearly HS

(86.15)

None Sun Valley HS

(88.40)

None Governor Livingston HS

(91.10)

1979 None Penns Grove HS

(71.70)

None Sun Valley HS

(84.35)

None Hammonton HS

(87.40)

1978 None Bald Eagle Nittany HS

(77.40)

None Upper Merion HS

(79.35)

None Hammonton HS

(81.30)

1977 None Penns Grove HS

(66.60)

None Sun Valley HS &

Oakcrest HS

(71.15)

None Hammonton HS

(85.15)

1976 None Catasauqua HS

(67.25)

None Penns Grove HS

(73.05)

None Hammonton HS

(84.15)

1975 None Penns Grove HS

(78.40)

None Salisbury HS

(75.95)

None Hammonton HS

(85.90)

1974 None Catasauqua HS

(73.50)

None McKean HS

(79.15)

None Hammonton HS

(82.45)

1973 None Catasauqua HS

(67.85)

None Salisbury HS

(80.95)

None Archbishop Wood HS

(84.10)

* All-time high score record

Indoor activities[edit]

The Tournament Indoor Association is one of several circuits for indoor shows in the mid-Atlantic states (other circuits include MAIN, Cavalcade, KIDA, and TRWEA). The Tournament Indoor Association, commonly referred to as TIA, sanctions competitions for indoor guard, marching percussion, concert percussion, twirlers, and dance team units. The indoor season generally runs from late January to the first weekend in May. Units can be either scholastic or independent. Scholastic units are affiliated with a school. Independent units are usually not affiliated with a school. Classifications are as follows:

  • Scholastic Elementary/Independent Cadet – For elementary school students or students under the age of 10.
  • Scholastic Middle/Independent Junior – For students in middle school or up to the age of 14.
  • Novice A – For color guards only
  • Novice – For percussion, dance teams and twirlers
  • Intermediate A – for color guards and percussion
  • A class
  • Open class
  • World class
  • University – All members must be students at the university and not over the age of 22. Judged on Open class sheets.
  • Senior – All members must be 23 or older. Judged on open class sheets.

Units are divided into 13 chapters based on geography. Any unit which has participated in one contest throughout the season is eligible to participate in their respective Chapter Championships, which are usually held the last weekend in April, although in order to be a chapter champion, you must compete in two shows. Any unit which has participated in 4 contests throughout the season and Chapter Championships can compete in the All-Chapter Championships, which is held the first weekend in May in Wildwood,NJ.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "FALL 2015 TOURNAMENT OF BANDS Field Rules" (PDF). NJATOB. March 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "TOB-Info.net - Your home for TOB and TIA Scores and Information". www.tob-info.net. Retrieved 2015-07-16.