The Mid-South Classic

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the 2020 Mid-South Marching Classic has been cancelled. We look forward to serving you in 2021!

2019 Mid-South Marching Classic

October 5, 2019


  • Dr. Brandon Robinson - Columbus, MS - Music
  • Dr. Steven Riley - Arkansas State University - Music
  • Brady Massey - William's Baptist University - Visual
  • Steve Warner - Jonesboro, AR- Effect
  • Moose Davis - Broken Arrow, OK - Percussion
  • Corey Smith - Southaven, MS - Colorguard
  • Dr. Sarah Labovitz - Arkansas State University - Field Commander

2019 Participants

As of 9/12/19


Class A

  • Piggott High School

Class AA

  • Valley View High School
  • Gosnell High School
  • Rivercrest High School
  • Westview High School

Class AAA

  • Brookland High School
  • Highland High School
  • Southside High School
  • Pocahontas High School


Class AAAA

  • West Memphis High School
  • Batesville High School
  • Lake Cormorant High School
  • Marion High School


  • Greene County Tech



Any high school band in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, or Mississippi that is a member of its State Band Association is invited to participate. This event has been sanctioned by the Arkansas Activities Association.


Click on the 2019 Contest Online Registration tab above to enter online. The non-refundable entry fee is $175. Make checks payable to Jonesboro Band Boosters and send to:

Jonesboro High School Band Boosters

Attn. Grant Harbison

301 Hurricane Drive

Jonesboro, AR 72401

Deadline for Registration is September 23, 2019.


Classification is determined by the total number of musicians performing (winds + percussion). A band may enter a higher classification but not a lower classification. Bands cannot change classifications after registration. Performance times will be based upon registration postmark within class. The earlier postmarks will perform later in their class. If two or more bands, within a class, have the same postmark, their performance time will be determined by a random draw.




Class A


Class AA


Class AAA



Class AAAA




Performance order will be based upon registration postmark within class. The earlier postmarks will perform later in their class. If two or more bands , within a class, have the same postmark, their performance time will be determined by a random draw.

Show Length/Time Issues

There is no minimum or maximum show length. Each band will have 20 minutes of "stadium time." This time begins when the first member of the band enters the gate and ends when the last member of the band exits the gate. Excluded from this limit are people setting up pit percussion, props, etc. Colorguard members count as band members and will start the time when they enter the gate. Bands that exceed the 20 minute time limit will penalized .2 points per every fraction of 15 seconds over time.

Field Use

Oversized Equipment: Large pieces of equipment, or "props" such as stages, platforms and backdrops are permitted as long as the equipment does not damage the field.

Pyrotechnics: No fire or fireworks will be allowed in the stadium, nor will any prop or effect that could potentially damage or leave residue on the contest field.(i.e. confetti, baby powder, etc.). Bands who violate this rule will be DISQUALIFIED, and no refund given.


The Mid-South Marching Classic uses a caption-judged format. There are four band judges. Each judge will responsible for a portion of the band's total score. No scores will be dropped and no averages are taken.

Two judges are assigned to the MUSIC CAPTION. The Music Judges will each be responsible for 25% ot the band's score, and therefore, will constitute 50% of the band's total score. One judge will be assigned to the VISUAL CAPTION and one judge will be assigned to the EFFECT CAPTION. Each of these captions constitute 25% of the band's score. EFFECT is defined as the relationship between the musical and visual presentations. While they may contribute to the band's effect, audience reaction and special effects are not being judged.

There is one judge each for PERCUSSION, COLORGUARD and FIELD COMMANDERS. These judges determine placement and awards within their captions they do not affect the band's score.

A numerical score determines the band's rating and ranking. Ratings will be assigned as follows:

I Superior 80-100

II Excellent 60-79.9

III Average 40-59.9

IV Below Average 0-39.9

Ties in scores will not be broken.


Trophies will be awarded for the following accomplishments:

Class Awards

Division Awards

Overall Awards

Band Superior & Excellent Ratings

1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Bands

Most Entertaining Band

1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Bands

Outstanding Music Performance

Top Bands 1st-5th Place

1st, 2nd Place Colorguard

Outstanding Visual Performance

1st, 2nd Place Percussion

Outstanding General Effect

1st, 2nd Place Field Commander

Outstanding Soloist Award

Grand Champion

The Top Five Bands, regardless of classification, will be considered "Finalists."


If weather conditions are considered by the contest director to be unsafe, the contest will be declared a "rainout." Unsafe conditions include, but are not limited to, extremely heavy rain, the presence of lightning, and the issuance of severe weather warnings.

If the contest is called a "rainout" before the contest begins, the contest will move indoors and the competition will become a standstill competition.


* Concessions, Souvenirs, and Videos will be available on site.

* Water Stations are located at each warm-up area and at field exits.

* Newly refurbished stadium turf.

* Pre-packaged meals for your organization will be made available upon request.