Since 2001, caption awards at the Drum Corps International World Championship have been determined by averaging the scores from all three nights of the World Championship competition.

According to the DCI rulebook:

At the World Championships, World Class caption awards will be determined by averaging scores at Prelims, Semifinals, and Finals. Ties will stand.

BEST BRASS – based on Music Brass score
BEST PERCUSSION – based on the total Music Percussion score
BEST VISUAL – based on Visual Proficiency score
BEST COLOR GUARD – based on Visual Color Guard score
BEST OVERALL GENERAL EFFECT – based on combining 4 General Effect scores.

The average for each double-paneled caption will be used in determining caption awards.

2016 World Class Caption Award Winners

Santa Clara Vanguard Percussion
Santa Clara Vanguard accepts the Fred Sanford Best Percussion Performance Award.

Donald Angelica Best General Effect Award

Fred Sanford Best Percussion Performance Award
Santa Clara Vanguard

John Brazale Best Visual Performance Award
Carolina Crown

George Zingali Best Color Guard Award
Carolina Crown

Jim Ott Best Brass Performance Award
Carolina Crown

2016 Open Class Caption Award Winners

Caption awards for Open Class corps are determined by scores earned during the Open Class World Championship Finals competition. The Most Improved Corps award is determined by a vote of Open Class corps directors.

Blue Devils B
Blue Devils B  swept the caption awards during the 2016 DCI Open Class World Championship Finals.

Best Brass Performance
Blue Devils B

Best General Effect
Blue Devils B

Best Visual Performance
Blue Devils B

Best Percussion Performance
Blue Devils B

Best Color Guard
Blue Devils B

Most Improved Corps
Louisiana Stars