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Bands are grouped into four Classifications as follows:
Classification is based on the maximum number of wind musicians in the band at any given time during its show. Example: A band performs most of its show with 80 wind players. In the final minute of the show, however, 20 color guard members pick up wind instruments and play along with the original 80. This band must register in Class AAAA because the maximum number of winds during the show is 100.
Any band is permitted to enter a higher classification, but not a lower one. This decision must be made at the time of registration and cannot be changed subsequently.
Class A bands will perform first, followed by AA, AAA, and AAAA. Within each of the four classes, order of performance is determined by a draw. The draw occurs in the University of Memphis band office on the Monday following the registration deadline. It is conducted by the U of M band office secretary and witnessed by the elected officers of the U of M band.
Each band will perform once. There will be no Finals competition.