Battle on the Border


The 20th Annual
Battle on the Border

October 19, 2024
Martin Stadium, Valdosta, GA
Gates open at 10:00 AM
Tickets are $10

Online Band Registration for the 2024 Battle on the Border is available at this link

Performance Schedule

Registration and Entry Fees: Due to the prelims and finals format, only a limited number of performance slots are available. We cannot accept additional applications once these slots are filled. We will determine performance order by the postmark date on the application. The performance order in finals will be determined by a director’s draw at the conclusion of prelims. All applications must be submitted by October 4, 2024. All applications must be signed by the band director and the school principal.

Entry Fees and Performance Bond

The entry fee is $100 per band. If your band registers by July 1st, 2024, we will waive the $100 registration fee.  All bands are required to submit a $500 Performance Appearance Bond. This will be returned to you upon your band’s arrival and registration at the contest. Please submit separate checks for your entry fee and Performance Appearance Bond.

Classification System

Based on the total number of wind players in the band.
Bands may enter a higher classification but not a lower one.

Class A = 1-40
Class AA = 41-59
Class AAA = 60-79

Class AAAA = 80-100
Class AAAAA = 101 and Up


The contest will be a preliminary and final format with 8 bands selected for finals.  These will be determined by the 8 highest band scores out of the prelims. Only band scores will be used decide the 8 finalists.

Units Judged

Percussion, drum majors, color guard, majorettes and dance line, will be judged separately. Their scores will not be used for band placement in the finals competition.


The show will be judged in Caption style: 2 music performance judges, 1 music effect judge, 2 visual performance judges, 1 visual effect judge, and 1 judge per adjudicated specialty unit. Difficulty and content will be inherent on the music and visual sheets.  Judges sheets can be viewed on the GMEA website,


85.0-100 Superior
70.0-84.9 Excellent
55.0-69.9 Average
0.00-54.9 Fair

Judging Panel

Our Judges for this year include:


 Drum Major


Color Guard

Dance Line/Majorette


Preliminary awards will be presented at the conclusion of the prelim competition. Each classification will have awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place bands. We will also have awards for best Drum
Major, Color Guard/Drill Team, Majorettes/Dance Line, and Percussion in each class. Bands achieving Superior or Excellent ratings will also receive awards.

Top 8 Bands (Band Scores Only) will be invited to compete in the Finals portion of the Competition.  The top 4 Band Scores from Prelims will be the last four bands to perform in Finals.

The Final Awards Ceremony will only be for those bands making the finals of the competition. Awards for finalist bands for Best Music, Best Marching and Best General Effect, along with finals placement awards (8th through 1st) will be presented at the Final Awards Ceremony.

Performance Requirements and Times

All bands will be scheduled in 20 minute intervals. All bands must enter the stadium, perform, and clear the performance area within their allotted time. Performances must be between 6 and 12 minutes long. Timing begins on the first note of music and ends with the last note. Timing penalties of 1 point per minute, or an equivalent fraction thereof for fractions of a minute overtime will be assessed to those bands that do not adhere to the timing requirements of the contest. Penalty points will be deducted from the band’s overall score.

The contest schedule will be mailed out two weeks in advance of the contest date. We reserve the right to revise the overall schedule up to 5 days before the contest begins. You will be notified of any Changes.

Exhibition Band

Lowndes High Georgia Bridgemen

For more information please contact: Jon Bowman
[email protected]