Policies – Ensemble and Performer Eligibility


Ensemble and Performer Eligibility

This supersedes any other national rules or policies.   It’s the ensembles responsibility to understand differences if the ensemble attends events in multiple associations, circuits, regions or venues.

Any individual, ensemble, or performing unit is eligible to participate in an event as long as they meet the requirements as defined below.

Including but not limited to:

  • Each ensemble will have a minimum of six (6) performers.
  • Each ensemble must be current with regards to outstanding balances.
  • All ensembles are required to provide proof of age and eligibility of all performers specified in the Verification of Age and Eligibility Requirements.

Scholastic Ensembles

  • Junior High/Middle School: To register for any of the Junior/Middle School classes, every performing member of the ensemble must be enrolled at the same junior high / middle school or an elementary school that feeds in to that. Ensembles whose membership comes from multiple schools must be approved and all performer enrollment will be verified – see Combined Scholastic Ensembles below.
  • Regional: There are three regional classes (Novice, Regional B and Regional A) for high school ensembles in addition to the nationally known classes. The Regional classes are meant to encourage younger or less experienced instructors, designers, and performers to compete with similar ensembles, experience competitive success, and ultimately encourage growth and promotion into Scholastic classes.  Ensembles whose membership comes from multiple schools must be approved and all performer enrollment will be verified – see Combined Scholastic Ensembles below.
  • Scholastic: These high school classes are intended to align with national known classes. Ensembles are encouraged to carefully consider placing themselves into these classes as the expectation aligns more closely with the national standard. Ensembles whose membership comes from multiple schools must be approved and all performer enrollment will be verified – see Combined Scholastic Ensembles below.

Performers in Scholastic Ensembles (including Junior/ Middle schools) are usually from the same school. With permission, students from a school’s “feeder” school may be allowed to perform with an ensemble (i.e. a high school may use students from it’s junior high school in the same district).  This ensures competitive fairness and, more importantly, the performers are covered by school insurances and codes of conduct.

Combined Scholastic Ensembles.   Schools may combine and be allowed to perform in the Junior/Middle, Novice, Regional or Scholastic classes if the following requirements are met to the satisfaction of the ADLA:

  • The ensemble must perform under either (1) one schools name or, (2) a name that represents the combined school or school district.  Schools and district must agree to name and assumes ALL responsibility and liability for the ensemble.
  • The ensemble must provide a signed letter from the band director and principal of every school providing performers. (If there isn’t a band director at a school, the principal should acknowledge that in the letter)
  • The ensemble must show proof that the school district’s liability insurance will cover each student while performing in a combined ensemble and that the district is aware and assumes all responsibility and liability for the combined ensemble, it’s student performers, directors, instructors, staff, volunteers, parents. etc.

Ensemble further understands, they maybe required to compete in different classes in nationally known regionals or other events and that ADLA has no jurisdiction or control over other association class or division definitions, rules, or criteria.

If these requirements are not met, the ensemble must compete in, and follow the rules of, an Independent ensemble.

Independent Ensembles

  1. Limited to 22 years of age.  Independent ensembles will be prepared to show proof of age of all performers at any event at check-in.
  2. ADLA discourages Independent Ensembles from using students who aren’t performing with their high school’s percussion program or who have outstanding monies owed to current or former Independent or Scholastic Ensembles.
  3. Each Independent Ensemble must provide proof of liability insurance to the ADLA by February 1st.
  4. Each ensemble must carry, at a minimum, a $1,000,000 General Liability policy with Accidental Medical coverage ($5,000 limit suggested) with the American Drum Line Association named as the Certificate Holder/Named Insured and contain name of Independent Ensemble as insured on the declarations and or on the certificate of insurance. All policies can either be emailed to info@myadla.org, or mailed to:

American Drum Line Association
PO Box 130819
Carlsbad, CA 92013