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The 26th Annual Plano Drumline Competition (PdlC)
September 23, 2017 at Clark Stadium in Plano, Texas

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Since its inception, the PdlC has been a leading influence in the promotion of drumline performance. This "Sport of the Arts" has gained much momentum in the last 25 years with the PdlC offering high school programs an opportunity to perform, compete, and perpetuate their music and percussion program through their most visible component, the marching percussion section.

Our Solo and Ensemble Festival continues to offer our young musicians a venue to perform their chamber literature.

The PdlC offers something for everyone; be it performer or enthusiast, instructor or student, family or friend. The PdlC, along with its host and event team, offers 25 years of performance venue experience. We are scrupulous about the details that go into a professional event and focused on offering you and your students the best possible experience.

2016 PdlC Results
  • View...2016 PdlC Drumline Results(pdf)
  • View...2016 PdlC Solo Results(pdf)

  • About the PdlC
    The event begins between 8-9am and averages 50-60 performing units

    Special events such as door prizes and promotional giveaways

    The performing units are evaluated by a 3 judge panel, including solos and ensembles

    Registration fees:
    Performing drumlines: $175
    Solo Festival fee: $25
    Ensemble Festival fee: $50 per group
    Checks payable to: Plano Band Boosters

    Concessions are available
    Audience entry into the PdlC:
    $5 Adults
    $3 Students


    The PdlC offers performances in the following classifications
    A Standstill Div. I - 11 or less total in the battery, excluding cymbals; total membership 20 or less

    A Standstill Div. II - 11 or less total in the battery, excluding cymbals; total membership 21 or more

    AA Standstill Div. I - 12 or more total in the battery, excluding cymbals; total membership 26 or less

    AA Standstill Div. II - 12 or more total in the battery, excluding cymbals; total membership 27-29

    AAA Standstill - 12 or more total in the battery, excluding cymbals; total membership 30 or more

    Drumline Show - Any size battery that includes a visual, marching program

    Festival Drumline - Any classification above, performances not ranked, Judges' comments and sheets on par with competing groups.

    Solo Snare Drum
    Solo Multi-Tenor
    Solo KBP
    Solo Timpani

    Percussion Ensemble
    Bass Drum Ensemble
    Cymbal Ensemble
    Tenor Ensemble
    Snare Ensemble


    Awards presented in each category, including individual section awards
    A Standstill Div I - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
    A Standstill Div II - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
    AA Standstill - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
    AAA Standstill - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
    Drumline Show - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

    Festival Drumline - Any classification above, performances not ranked; Judges' comments and sheets on par with competing groups.

    Outstanding Snare Line Caption Award for each classification
    Outstanding Tenor Line Caption Award for each classification
    Outstanding Bass Line Caption Award for each classification
    Outstanding Cymbal Line Caption Award for each classification
    Outstanding Front Ensemble Caption Award for each classification

    Solo Snare Drum - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
    Solo Multi-Tenor - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
    Solo KBP - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
    Solo Timpani - 1st, 2nd, 3rd

    Placement Awards for:

    Percussion Ensemble
    Bass Drum Ensemble
    Cymbal Ensemble
    Tenor Ensemble
    Snare Ensemble



    PdlC Judging Panel
    alphabetically listed:

    DRUMLINE JUDGES (multiple panels; alphabetically listed)
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    SOLO & ENSEMBLE PANEL
    PdlC Judge - TBD
    More info here

    PdlC Judge - TBD
    More info here



    Frequently Asked Questions
    1. Do we enter the performance area with taps or a cadence?
    Thank you for your question! The drumlines get ready to enter the field at "the end of the tunnel" at Clark Stadium in Plano. When the signal is given, the drumline has 12 minutes to set-up, perform, and get off the performance area; essentially the football field boundaries. Sometimes the battery part of the drumline marches in to a tap. Usually they don't play a cadence to enter because most of the time battery members help move pit equipment in or have other responsibilities. But that is ultimately up to you. Either is allowed.

    2. May we place our front ensemble untraditionally around the performance area?
    Thank you for your question! The front ensemble can be placed anywhere you would like them. The usual spot is in front of the front boundary The judges will be centered on the 50 yd line. One of the judges will be on the field, another half way up the stadium, and the third up in the press box.

    3. Are drumlines required to wear their band uniforms? Thank you for your question! You may wear anything for your performance that is appropriate and in good taste. Some wear uniforms, some have show-influenced costumes, and some prefer to keep cool with shorts and t-shirts.

    4. How are time slots determined? Thank you for your question! Performance times are determined using a "draw from a hat" system done by a Plano band parent. This video taped session is done in the presence of the Plano Band staff. Should the previous year's winner be participating, they are reserved the final time slot in their respective classification. The general schedule has the A standstill lines performing first. Approximately 3:30 is the AA standstill block, the AAA Standstill Drumlines generally begin around 5:45 and the drumline shows wrap up in the evening, usually starting around 7:30pm or so.

    5. Do we need to stay in uniform to re-enter the competition to view the others? Thank you for your question! No, most of the time, post performance groups change into street clothes and spend the rest of the day at the PdlC. Every performance group receives an entry packet containing passes for its members, directors, and parent helpers. The passes equal the number requested on the entry form. Please note that all performing members, uniformed or not, will need a pass to reenter the pdlC. Any parents not included in the passes request will need to purchase a ticket to enter.



    Download All Information/Forms Here


    Registration Option #1 - PdlC Online Registration
  • Online Register...Drumline Entry
  • Online Register...Solo Entry
  • Online Register...Ensemble Entry



    Registration Option #2 - Mail In Registration (PDF)
  • Mail Register...Drumline Entry
  • Mail Register...Solo Entry
  • Mail Register...Ensemble Entry



    PdlC Forms and Information
  • Download...DL Script Template - excel(opt)
  • Download...DL Script Template - pdf(opt)
  • Download...Solo Competition Rules
  • Download...Ensemble Competition Rules

  • Download...All Solo Compulsory



    Performance Schedule
  • View...All 2016 Schedules(pdf)

    Driving Directions (Clark Stadium & PSHS)
  • Download... Map


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