The Midwest Pipe Band Association

All MWPBA judges must reside in the MWPBA boundaries (as set by ANAPBA); relocation outside MWPBA boundaries results in automatic removal from the MWPBA adjudication panel.

 
Minimum requirements to qualify to be a Piping Judge:
FULL PIPING JUDGE ASSOCIATE PIPING JUDGE
Be at least a Grade 1 caliber solo player (as determined by the Music Board Be at least a Grade 2 caliber solo player (as determined by the Music Board)
Have had a reasonable amount of success in solo competition at the highest level
Be current and active in teaching, band playing, competing, and/or studying
Have been a competitor for a minimum of 10 years Have been a competitor for a minimum of 7 years
Have at least 10 years experience of competitive participation in a Grade 1 or 2 band AND teaching experience in piping Have at least 7 years experience of competitive participation in a Grade 1, 2, or 3 band AND teaching experience in piping
After meeting these requirements, a candidate must shadow judge a minimum of 3 contests, both solo and band contests; the placing and comments will be reviewed by the Music Board

 

Minimum requirements to qualify to be a Drumming Judge:
FULL DRUMMING* JUDGE ASSOCIATE DRUMMING JUDGE
Be at least a Grade 1 caliber solo player (as determined by the Music Board Be at least a Grade 2 caliber solo player (as determined by the Music Board)
Have had a reasonable amount of success in solo competition at the highest level
Be current and active in teaching, band playing, competing, and/or studying
Have been a competitor for a minimum of 10 years Have been a competitor for a minimum of 7 years
Have at least 10 years experience of competitive participation in a Grade 1 or 2 band AND teaching experience in drumming Have at least 7 years experience of competitive participation in a Grade 1, 2, or 3 band AND teaching experience in drumming
After meeting these requirements, a candidate must shadow judge a minimum of 3 contests, both solo and band contests; the placing and comments will be reviewed by the Music Board
* Full Drumming Certification includes tenor and bass.
Tenor and Bass Judge must fulfill the same qualifications as Full Drumming Judge.
 
Minimum requirements to qualify to be an Ensemble Judge:
ENSEMBLE JUDGE
Meet all of the qualifications to judge within their respective discipline
Be a Pipe Major or Leading Drummer of a Grade 1 or 2 band or have an understanding of both instruments or have been involved in a senior leadership position in a Grade 1 or 2 band
Have been a competitor for a minimum of 10 years
Have at least 10 years experience of competitive participation in a Grade 1 or 2 band AND teaching experience in piping or drumming
After meeting these requirements, a candidate must shadow judge a minimum of 3 contests; the placing and comments will be reviewed by the Music Board.

 

Once it has been determined that a candidate meets the above requirements, discrete adjudication level is assigned for band and solos as follows:
 
Adjudication Levels:
LEVEL PIPING JUDGE DRUMMING JUDGE
FULL May judge all grades of band and solo competition in the discipline in which they are qualified
ASSOCIATE May judge novice through 2 in the solos, and Grade 5 through 3 in band competition in the discipline in which they are qualified
ENSEMBLE May judge all band grades in ensemble playing
PIOBAIREACHD May judge to the grade consistent with status as a FULL or ASSOCIATE adjudicator. -

 To apply to join the MWPBA judging panel, submit this application form. All judges are required to register as an MWPBA each season.

       

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