USBands Adjudicators

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USBands Adjudicators

About USBands Adjudication

USBands’ primary goal is to serve young performers through competitive events throughout the United States. The cornerstone to that service is a community of adjudicators who are motivated to develop the highest standard of excellence. USBands is in the forefront of adjudication education and standards of performance.

Our community is led by the USBands Adjudicator Leadership Team consisting of Eric Kitchenman - Adjudication Coordinator for USBands, Mike Stone - Adjudication Coordinator of WBA, Shirley Dorritie – Director of Adjudication Philosophy and Mark Kraft – Music Adjudication Advisor.

USBands is passionately committed to supporting our adjudicators and our adjudication system with integrity, respect, and a pervading sense of community. We do our very best to place our adjudicators in a variety of regions from week to week, and from year to year to provide fresh, unbiased, supportive, and relevant feedback for every program.

Philosophy of Adjudication

Our core values are built upon service, partnerships, and community. We understand the impact that quality adjudication can have on the integrity of any competitive event. We believe that it is through a deep commitment to this competitive integrity that trust is established, and the best service can be provided to our community.

The USBands adjudication philosophy emphasizes clear distinctions between the role of adjudicator and the role of program consultant/advisor. We believe that the responsibility for accurate evaluation, ranking, and scoring is what sets the adjudicator apart from the evaluator, clinician, instructional staff, and general audience member. We also believe that a deep commitment to accurate evaluation, ranking, and scoring is the cornerstone of integrity in the competitive arena.

Therefore, we ask that all adjudicators of USBands competitive events limit advice-giving and instead prioritize these specific aspects of their role:

  1. RECOGNIZE and VALUE the degree of achievement demonstrated by the program and the performers.
  2. RANK the competitors in the correct order; and
  3. RATE the competitors through the comparative scores earned during each contest.

Our training program and achievement-based adjudication system are specifically designed to make this possible.


USBands and eAdjudicate have partnered to provide the highest quality adjudication education. Becoming an adjudicator for USBands is easier than ever with an easy to use platform and continuing education in the marching arts.

e-Adjudicate Academy has gathered some of the top subject matter experts in their field to develop an extensive curriculum that explores a variety of pageantry activities. e-Adjudicate courses are designed to give you a solid foundation of skills and an in-depth look into your field of study. We are excited to partner with e-Adjudicate to produce their first online series of courses specifically for marching band, ULearn.

USBands ULearn

USBands ULearn is a three-level series of courses designed to guide you through the process of becoming an adjudicator or focusing on sharpening your current skills to enhance. In Course 100, you will develop a fundamental understanding of the role, ethics and professional expectations of the adjudicator, along with the judging process as a whole. Course 200 will explore the tools of number management and scoring significant commentary.

How-To Series for Marching Band

Some of the finest composers, designers, teachers and musicians will share their expertise in creating every aspect of a marching band program. From music and visual design, to guard and percussion design, we will set you up for success in designing your own shows. Each subject has three levels of instruction that starts with the fundamentals and ends with the making of a champion. Rounding out the series is a complete student leadership program that will prepare your leadership team for the upcoming school year. Whether you have a brand new leader or a returning senior, they have all your bases covered.

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Band Data

Our online management system allows adjudicators to manage their profile information, availability and accept or decline assignments. Once you are logged in, you will have several options but two are specific to adjudicators.

  • My Information – Edit details about your personal account and contact information.
  • Adjudicators – Input your availability, caption preference (first entered being the caption you are most comfortable adjudicating), preferences, biography and references. This will also be the tab to accept or decline assignments once they are sent.

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