The Michigan Competing Band Association
(MCBA) is a sanctioning body for marching band
field contests in the state of Michigan
, established in 1974. Not only does it host a great number of local competitions around the state, MCBA holds the only statewide marching band championships in Michigan. Previous championships were held at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park
Varsity Stadium in Canton, Michigan
, Rynearson Stadium
at Eastern Michigan University
, and at the Pontiac Silverdome
in Pontiac, Michigan
. They are currently held at Ford Field
in Detroit, Michigan
. Prior to the 1992-93 school year, MCBA was known as the Michigan Competing Band Director's Association, or MCBDA.
Classification and scoring
Bands are separated into "Flights" by the number of students enrolled in the high school itself (based on MHSAA
second semester totals) and are not a measurement of band or program size. This has been in place since the 1992-93 school year.
The flights for the 2010 season are as follows:
Flight I 1687 - higher
Flight II 1147 - 1686
Flight III 740 - 1146
Flight IV 739 - lower
Bands are judged completely separately in their respective flights. Bands are given a score, placement, as well as caption awards for "Best Music", "Best Marching", and "Best General Effect" in their respective flights. The judging system is as follows:Visual
- Visual Field Judge Able to move around the field
- Visual Ensemble Judge Judges from press box or high vantage......