Tournament of Champions




Click HERE for the Modified Schedule

Philosophically, it is our goal to offer both a competitively balanced and educational experience for ALL of our participating bands. We have been tracking the potential of wet weather during the morning hours as well as the unseasonably cold temperatures that will exist on Saturday evening. As a result of what looks to be a forecast of many varieties during the day, we have opted for an amended schedule that will promote inclusion as well as a more level playing field for all bands.

The event will remain a competition but not in a preliminary/finals format. Based on the window of acceptable weather, we will now begin with gates opening at NOON, and the competition beginning at 1:00PM. We will treat the event as ONE show. Each band will perform in the same order as the previously scheduled preliminary competition. All bands will receive the post-performance clinic, as previously scheduled. At the conclusion of the event, we will present awards for band placement within class as well as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, place awards per caption (percussion, colorguard, and drum major). Per our prelims/finals awards format, we will announce the top twelve scoring bands in reverse order (12 to 1) based on our four class champions and the next eight highest scoring bands, regardless of class. Highest achievement in percussion, colorguard, and drum major will be awarded for the entire day, as well. Within these 12 bands, we will announce the winner of the “North Carolina Roll of Honour,” which recognizes the highest scoring band from North Carolina, as well as our Reserve Grand Champion and the newly renamed, Chancellor David Orr Belcher Grand Champion Trophy.

Attached to this post is the amended schedule which includes new warm-up and performance times. 

While the change of schedule causes all of us to recalibrate our plans, we truly believe it is in the best interest of the students. It is our goal to offer the most positive experience possible (regardless of weather) for everyone involved. Our early morning bands would be at a disadvantage in the rain and our finalist bands would be performing in temperatures that none of us have experienced in the fall of 2018. We appreciate your understanding and support as we move forward into Saturday. 


Ticketing Information

Tickets for the 18th Annual Tournament of Champions will be $15. This includes Prelims and Finals Competition! Anyone under the age of 7 will be admitted for free. Groups of 15 or more will receive a discounted ticket price of $12 per ticket. Groups will need to pay with one check made out to WCU Tournament of Champions. For question regarding tickets please email

2018 Judge Panel

Our educational mission is to provide your program a nationally renowned panel of evaluators who will offer clear, in-depth, and useful commentary. Throughout the evaluator assignment process, we consider each individual’s background as an educator, creative mind, as well as their ability to provide constructive criticism, delivered in a positive manner to high school students. These individuals are selected on their ability to comment “beyond the score sheet” and deliver educational insight to your staff and students that will assist in the growth, improvement, and motivational aspects of your marching band program. We are honored as well as excited to extend you this invitation for participation in the 18th annual “Tournament of Champions.” We promise to do everything in our power to offer your students, staff, and parents, a first-rate experience coupled with unparalleled educational feedback.


Judge bios will be posted in the coming weeks. The percussion, color guard, and drum major judges will be announced in April.

  • Dale Warren
  • Cilnicians David Starnes and Bob Buckner
  • Levi Chavis
  • Randy Greenwell
  • JD Shaw
  • Daniel "Chip" Wood
  • Shane Gwaltney
  • Michael Gaines
  • Jeff Sacktig
  • Rick Subel
  • Emily Salgado


Please feel free to contact us should you have specific questions regarding your participation. We look forward to spending Saturday, October 2oth with your fine band program!

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