Percussion Divisions

Junior Divisions

To register for any of the Junior Divisions, every performing member of the ensemble must be enrolled at the same Jr. high school / middle school (or a school that feeds in to that particular school – see rules for additional information regarding combined schools – section 1. Eligibility).  Ensembles whose membership comes from multiple schools must be approved and all performer enrollment will be verified.  Please contact ADLA for more information.

  • Junior – The ensemble will be adjudicated in 4 captions (Music, Visual, Effect Music, and Effect Visual) by 4 judges using the WGI Percussion Marching sheets.
  • Junior Concert/Standstill – The ensemble will be adjudicated in 2 captions (Music and Artistry) by 2 judges using the WGI concert class sheets. Groups may use marching percussion instruments, but marching or movement is not expected or adjudicated.
  • Junior Advanced – Based on program design, Junior ensembles will be evaluated and promoted into the Junior Advanced division after the Semi-Finals performance.  This division is only used at Finals, and the ensembles will be adjudicated using the same 4 sheets as the Junior Division.

High School/Scholastic Divisions
To register for any of the Regional or Scholastic Divisions, every performing member of the ensemble must be enrolled at the same high school (or a school that feeds in to that particular high school) – see rules for additional information regarding combined schools – section 1. Eligibility).  Ensembles whose membership comes from multiple schools must be approved and all performer enrollment will be verified.  Please contact ADLA for more information.

The differences between Regional and National-Level Scholastic Divisions are the expectations for design.  The National-Level Scholastic ensembles will be adjudicated based on national (WGI) expectations. Ensembles should not register for National-Level Scholastic divisions unless they are also competing in other Circuits.  Ensembles are classified and promoted based on the design of the show, NOT on the achievement or execution of that design.

All Regional and Scholastic Divisions will be adjudicated in 4 captions (Music, Visual, Effect Music, and Effect Visual) using the WGI Percussion Marching sheets.

Regional Divisions

  • Novice – Introductory design. This division is reserved mainly for ensembles and designers that are new to the activity.  Ensembles may not register in the Novice division in multiple consecutive years unless they are evaluated and approved to do so by a panel of ADLA adjudicators. Novice is a regional division.
  • Regional B – Beginning design. This division is recommended for emerging ensembles. Ensembles in this division will typically have 2-3 consecutive years competitive experience in the indoor percussion activity. Instructors and designers will have 2-4 consecutive years designing for the indoor percussion activity.
  • Regional A – Basic design.  This division is recommended for established ensembles that may need more time to mature into the Scholastic divisions. Ensembles in this division typically have more than 4 years of consecutive competitive experience, but may be comprised of performers that are less experienced. Instructors and designers typically have more than 5 years of experience, although some may have less.

National-Level Divisions

  • Scholastic A – Design should be comparable to WGI A Class expectations.
  • Scholastic Open – Design should be comparable to WGI Open Class expectations.
  • Scholastic World – Design should be comparable to WGI World Class expectations.
  • Concert/Standstill – The ensemble will be adjudicated in 2 captions (Music and Artistry) by 2 judges using the WGI concert class sheets. Groups may use marching percussion instruments, but marching or movement is not expected or adjudicated.

Independent Divisions

The independent divisions are for ensembles whose members are not associated with a particular school.  Please see the WGI rules for more detailed information regarding independent ensembles, including the age requirements.

  • Independent A – Design should be comparable to WGI A Class expectations.
  • Independent Open – Design should be comparable to WGI Open Class expectations.
  • Independent World – Design should be comparable to WGI World Class expectations.

For additional Information see our FAQs or contact us at eventreg@myadla.org.