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Michigan Competing Band Association

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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.

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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 2011 season are as follows:

Flight I 1653 - higher

Flight II 1214 - 1652

Flight III 800 - 1213

Flight IV 799 - lower

Bands are judged completely separately in their respective flights. Bands are given a score, placement, as well as caption awards for "Outstanding Music Performance", "Outstanding Visual Performance", and "Outstanding General Effect" in their respective flights. The judging system is as follows:

Field

  • Visual Field Judge Able to move around the field
  • Music Field Judge Able to move around the field
  • Each judge awards a maximum of 12.5 points, for a maximum total of 25 points.

    Ensemble

  • Visual Ensemble Judge Judges from press box or high vantage point in the stands
  • Music Ensemble Judge Judges from press box or high vantage point in the stands
  • Each judge awards a maximum of 15 points, for a maximum total of 30 points.

    General Effect

  • General Effect Music Judge 1
  • General Effect Music Judge 2
  • General Effect Visual Judge
  • All G.E. judges view from the press box. Each General Effect judge awards a maximum of 15 points, for a maximum total of 45 points

    The scoring for each band is as follows:

    MCBA currently utilizes the Bands of America judging system in combination with several MCBA constructed judging sheets and criteria. Seven adjudicators are utilized in the scoring system:

  • General Effect Music Judge 1 15 pts
  • General Effect Music Judge 2 15 pts
  • General Effect Visual Judge 15 pts
  • Music Field Judge 12.5 pts
  • Music Ensemble Judge 15 pts
  • Visual Field Judge 12.5 pts
  • Visual Ensemble Judge 15 pts
  • Total possible = 100 pts

    Previous champions

    2016

    Flight I: Plymouth-Canton Marching Band Canton, MI

    Flight II: Reeths-Puffer High School Marching Band Muskegon, MI

    Flight III: Stevensville-Lakeshore Marching Band Stevensville, MI

    Flight IV: Ferndale High School Marching Band Ferndale, MI

    2015

    Flight I: Plymouth-Canton Marching Band Canton, MI

    Flight II: Reeths-Puffer High School Marching Band Muskegon, MI

    Flight III: Stevensville-Lakeshore Marching Band Stevensville, MI

    Flight IV: Ferndale High School Marching Band Ferndale, MI

    2014

    Flight I: Plymouth-Canton Marching Band Canton, MI

    Flight II: Reeths-Puffer High School Marching Band Muskegon, MI

    Flight III: Byron Center High School Marching Band Byron Center, MI

    Flight IV: Godwin Heights High School Marching Band Wyoming, MI

    2013

    Flight I: Walled Lake Central High School Marching Band Walled Lake, MI

    Flight II: Jenison High School Marching Band Jenison, MI

    Flight III: Reeths-Puffer High School Marching Band Muskegon, MI

    Flight IV: Godwin Heights High School Marching Band Wyoming, MI

    2012

    Flight I: Plymouth-Canton Marching Band Canton, MI

    Flight II: Jenison High School Marching Band Jenison, MI

    Flight III: Reeths-Puffer High School Marching Band Muskegon, MI

    Flight IV: Newaygo High School Marching Band Newaygo, MI

    2011

    Flight I: Walled Lake Central High School Marching Band Walled Lake, MI

    Flight II: Jenison High School Marching Band Jenison, MI

    Flight III: Ferndale High School Marching band Ferndale MI

    Flight IV: Godwin Heights High School Marching Band Wyoming, MI

    2010

    Flight I: Walled Lake Central High School Marching Band Walled Lake, MI

    Flight II: Reeths-Puffer High School Marching Band Muskegon, MI

    Flight III: Ferndale High School Marching Band Ferndale, MI

    Flight IV: Newaygo High School Marching Band, Newaygo, MI

    2009

    Flight I: Plymouth-Canton Marching Band Canton, MI

    Flight II: Reeths-Puffer High School Marching Band Muskegon, MI

    Flight III: Ferndale High School Marching Band Ferndale, MI

    Flight IV: Godwin Heights High School Marching Band Wyoming, MI

    2008

    Flight I: West Bloomfield High School Marching Band West Bloomfield, MI

    Flight II: Reeths-Puffer High School Marching Band Muskegon, MI

    Flight III: Lakeshore High School Marching Band Stevensville, MI

    Flight IV: Godwin Heights High School Marching Band Wyoming, MI

    2007

    Flight I: Plymouth-Canton Marching Band Canton, MI

    Flight II: Reeths-Puffer High School Marching Band Muskegon, MI

    Flight III: Ferndale High School Marching Band Ferndale, MI

    Flight IV: Columbia Central High School Marching Band Brooklyn, MI

    2006

    Flight I: Plymouth-Canton Marching Band Canton, MI

    Flight II: Reeths-Puffer High School Marching Band Muskegon, MI

    Flight III: Ferndale High School Marching Band Ferndale, MI

    Flight IV: Durand Area High School Marching Band Durand, MI

    2005

    Flight I: Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band Canton, MI

    Flight II: Reeths-Puffer High School Marching Band Muskegon, MI

    Flight III: Ferndale High School Marching Band Ferndale, MI

    Flight IV: Durand Area High School Marching Band Durand, MI

    2004

    Flight I: Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band Canton, MI

    Flight II: Jenison High School Marching Band Jenison, MI

    Flight III: Ferndale High School Marching Band Ferndale, MI

    Flight IV: Godwin Heights High School Marching Band Wyoming, MI

    2003

    Flight I: Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band Canton, MI

    Flight II: Mona Shores High School Marching Band Norton Shores, MI

    Flight III: Lakeshore High School Marching Band Stevensville, MI

    Flight IV: Durand Area High School Marching Band Durand, MI

    2002

    Flight I: Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band Canton, MI

    Flight II: Jenison High School Marching Band Jenison, MI

    Flight III: Lakeshore High School Marching Band Stevensville, MI

    Flight IV: Durand Area High School Marching Band Durand, MI

    2001

    Flight I: Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band Canton, MI

    Flight II: Jenison High School Marching Band Jenison, MI

    Flight III: Harrison High School Marching Band Farmington Hills, MI

    Flight IV: Durand Area High School Marching Band Durand, MI

    2000

    Flight I: Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band Canton, MI

    Flight II: Mona Shores High School Marching Band Norton Shores, MI

    Flight III: Mt. Pleasant High School Marching Band Mt. Pleasant, MI

    Flight IV: Durand Area High School Marching Band Durand, MI

    1999

    Flight I: Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band Canton, MI

    Flight II: Mona Shores High School Marching Band Norton Shores, MI

    Flight III: Harrison High School Marching Band Farmington HIlls, MI

    Flight IV: Durand Area High School Marching Band Durand, MI

    1998

    Flight I: Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band Canton, MI

    Flight II: Reeths-Puffer High School Marching Band Muskegon, MI

    Flight III: Mona Shores High School Marching Band Norton Shores, MI

    Flight IV: Durand Area High School Marching Band Durand, MI

    1997

    Flight I: Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band Canton, MI

    Flight II: Reeths-Puffer High School Marching Band Muskegon, MI

    Flight III: Hudsonville High School Marching Band Hudsonville, MI

    Flight IV: Chesaning Union High School Marching Band Chesaning, MI

    1996

    Flight I: Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band Canton, MI

    Flight II: Lakeland High School Marching Band White Lake, MI

    Flight III: Harrison High School Marching Band Farmington Hills, MI

    Flight IV: Chesaning Union High School Marching Band Chesaning, MI

    1995

    Flight I: Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band Canton, MI

    Flight II: Mona Shores High School Marching Band Muskegon, MI

    Flight III: Hudsonville High School Marching Band Hudsonville, MI

    Flight IV: Durand Area High School Marching Band Durand, MI

    1994

    Flight I: Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band Canton, MI

    Flight II: Reeths-Puffer High School Marching Band Muskegon, MI

    Flight III: Wyoming Park High School Marching Band Wyoming, MI

    Flight IV: Algonac High School, Algonac, MI

    1993

    Flight I: Mona Shores High School Marching Band Muskegon, MI

    Flight II: Lakeland High School, White Lake, MI

    Flight III: Harrison High School Farmington Hills, MI"

    Flight IV: Plainwell High School, Plainwell, MI

    1992

    Flight I: Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band Canton, MI

    Flight II: Lakeland High School Marching Band White Lake, MI

    Flight III: Harrison High School Farmington Hills, MI

    Flight IV: Lamphere High School Madison Heights, MI

    1991

    Flight I: Jenison High School Marching Band Jenison, MI

    Flight II: Lakeland High School White Lake, MI

    Flight III: Harrison High School Farmington Hills, MI

    Flight IV: Algonac High School Marching Band Algonac, MI

    1990

    Flight I: Plymouth Centennial Educational Park Marching Band Canton, MI

    Flight II: Linden High School Marching Band, Linden, MI

    Flight III: Algonac High School Marching Band Algonac, MI

    1989

    Flight I: Plymouth Centennial Educational Park Marching Band Canton, MI

    Flight II: Linden High School Marching Band, Linden, MI

    Flight III: Hartford Indian Emerald Vanguard, Hartford HS, Hartford, MI

    1988

    Flight I: Plymouth Centennial Educational Park Marching Band, Canton, MI

    Flight II: Linden High School Marching Band, Linden, MI

    Flight III: Montrose Marching Band, Hill-McCloy HS, Montrose, MI

    1987

    Flight I: Flushing High School, Flushing, MI

    Flight II: Linden High School Marching Band, Linden, MI

    Flight III: Petoskey High School, Petoskey, MI

    1986

    Flight I: Plymouth Centennial Educational Park Marching Band, Canton, MI

    Flight II: Flushing High School, Flushing, MI

    Flight III: Linden High School, Linden, MI

    1985

    Flight I: Plymouth Centennial Educational Park Marching Band, Canton, MI

    Flight II: Montrose Marching Band, Montrose, MI

    Flight III: Petoskey High School, Petoskey, MI

    1984

    Flight I: Plymouth Centennial Educational Park Marching Band, Canton, MI

    Flight II: Flushing High School, Flushing, MI

    Flight III: St. Charles High School, St. Charles, MI

    1983

    Flight Open: Wyoming Park High School, Wyoming, MI

    Flight I: Durand Area High School, Durand, MI

    Flight II: Montrose High School, Montrose, MI

    Flight III: Tawas Area High School, Tawas, MI

    1982

    Flight Open: Flushing High School, Flushing, MI

    Flight I: Durand Area High School, Durand, MI

    Flight II: Montrose High School, Montrose, MI

    Flight III: RECAP MISSING

    1981

    Flight Open: Flushing High School, Flushing, MI

    Flight I: Durand Area High School, Durand, MI

    Flight II: Montrose High School, Montrose, MI

    Flight III: Tawas Area High School, Tawas, MI"

    1980

    Flight Open: Flushing High School, Flushing, MI

    Flight I: Durand Area High School, Durand, MI

    Flight II: Montrose High School, Montrose, MI

    Flight III: Tawas Area High School, Tawas, MI"

    References

    Michigan Competing Band Association Wikipedia


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