Ensemble Classifications


  • CBI - Concert Band
  • CBII - Second Concert Band (for schools entering more than one Concert Band)
  • JE - Jazz Ensemble
  • OR - Full Orchestra
  • SOI - String Orchestra
  • SOII - Second String Orchestra (for schools entering more than one String Orchestra)
  • GE - Guitar Ensemble
  • PE - Concert Percussion Ensemble
  • PD - Parade


  • HB - Handbell Choir
  • JS - Jazz Choir
  • ME - Men’s Choir
  • MCI - Mixed Choir
  • MCII - Second Mixed Choir (for schools entering more than one Mixed Choir).
  • RC – Renaissance Choir (performing appropriate Renaissance literature).
  • SC – Show Choir (performance includes choreography. Please note that performances take place in the same area as all other choirs. Standard Choral Risers are provided. Platform risers are not available and use of props is not recommended).
  • TC - Treble Choir (mixed ensemble performing SA or SSA literature. Must have both girls and boys with unchanged voices).
  • WC - Women’s Choir (all girl ensemble performing SA, SSA or SSAA literature).

All ensembles will be further classified under the following categories:

  • HIGH SCHOOL – Grades 9-12
  • JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL – Grades 7-9
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL – Grades 6-8


  • CLASS A – accredited school enrollment less than 750 students
  • CLASS AA – accredited school enrollment 750 or higher
  • CLASS AAA – school age community ensembles and non-accredited schools only


  • R – Each organization for rating only will receive a trophy with the appropriate rating of superior, excellent, good, fair, or poor.
  • C – Each organization for competition will receive one of the listed ratings, and in addition, will be ranked within their classification.