Much of MAC's success, and the success of it's units, can be traced to it's classification system which is based on age and tied to national standards. Please read below to have a better understanding of where your unit will perform, and why.

Definition of Classes - Winter Guard

 Junior (JR)
100% of the membership should be under middle school age.

Middle School (MS)
100% of the membership should be in middle school.

AAA
Minimum 50% to 99.9% of the membership should be in middle school.

AA
100% of the membership should be of high school age.

Scholastic A
Refer to WGI Criteria as defined in the 2012 Rules Manual.

National Scholastic A
Refer to WGI Criteris as defined in the 2012 Rules Manual For Scholastic A
Units competing in more then one WGI event (including championships), in A class, are required to compete in this class.

Open
Refer to WGI Criteria as defined in the 2018 Rules Manual.

World
Refer to WGI Criteria as defined in the 2018 Rules Manual.

 

Definition of Classifications - Indoor Percussion

There will be 4 marching classes, 4 concert classes and 3 festival classes.

 These classes are based off the WGI criteria set up by WGI for all winter percussion ensembles.

 Marching Percussion Classes: Novice, A, Open and World
Units in this classification perform a musical program enhanced with visual design. 
Units will be adjudicated in three captions, Performance Analysis, General Effect and Visual Design

 Concert Percussion Classes: Novice, A, Open and World
Units in this classification perform with conventional and non-conventional concert percussion instruments.
Units will be adjudicated in two captions, Performance Analysis and General Effect

 Festival Percussion Class: Novice, A, Open
Units in this classification perform with conventional and non-conventional marching percussion instruments but do not march in a designed program.  This class is for the ensemble not ready to compete in the marching classifications.  
Units will be adjudicated in two captions, Performance Analysis and General Effect

 Novice class – is a restricted classification limited to elementary or middle school ensembles only.

Class A – These ensembles are made up of high school age students. This class recognizes the development of the basic skills.  The beginning stages of percussion performing are being explored and developed.  As achievement progresses the student skill levels have improved and he/she can apply all of the basic skill concepts.

Open Class - These ensembles are made up of high school age students. This class recognizes the development of the intermediate skills.  An Open Class ensemble in the early stages of development may be mis-classed because the ensemble is not ready for an intermediate level program.  As achievement progresses the student’s skill levels have improved and he/she can apply all of the intermediate skill concepts.  At the high levels of achievement the ensemble may be ready for World Class.

World Class - These ensembles are made up of high school age students. This class recognizes the development of the advanced skills.  A World Class ensemble in the early stages of development may be mis-classed because the ensemble is not ready for an advanced level program.  As achievement progresses the student’s skill levels have improved and he/she can apply all of the advanced skill concepts.  The programs and performance level in this class is unique and technically strong.

 Student or adult conductors may be used all classifications.