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Tournament of Bands

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Tournament of Bands

Those initials stand for the Tournament of Bands. The TOB is one of the largest competitive band organizations in the country. Founded in 1972 by the National Judges Association, Tournament has grown to over 400 active schools and organizations. Tournament provides performance opportunities in field band, indoor guard, majorette, percussion and dance team as well as comprehensive festivals with instrumental and choral events

Tournament of Bands is a non-profit educational organization that is available to any middle, junior high, senior high, college or university. TOB sanctions approximately 100 field band events and nearly 100 indoor events as well as two major championships at the conclusion of each competitive season. On any given Saturday night in the fall, the TOB will have from 8 to 14 field band competitions providing the opportunity for hundreds of Marching Bands to participate in its competitive arena.

The TOB is self-governed by an executive board elected by the member bands of TOB. The rules, bylaws, score sheets and the judging philosophy are all developed by the member bands at congresses and by participation on technical committees (music, percussion, visual).

As a member of the TOB, you are involved in the decisions on what is important to your total program. Currently, the Tournament of Bands is divided into 13 Chapters that encompass 9 states.

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