Nebraska State Bandmasters Association

est. 1962


- The NSBA State Marching Band Competition is statewide competition open to any marching band from the state of Nebraska whose directors are members of NSBA.

- The primary mission of the competition is to promote improvement for Nebraska bands in a format that is inclusive of a variety of educational philosophies.

- Bands are rated using the descriptors Superior, Excellent, Good, Fair and Poor. Bands may choose to participate in a festival format in which only ratings are awarded, or may choose to compete for ratings, scores and placement. NSBA will recognize achievement through ratings, scores and caption awards.


1- Give students the opportunity to perform in a statewide competition

2- Allow students, directors and parents the opportunity to see marching bands from across the state

3- Provide optional formats of participation to help meet different philosophical program goals

4- Provide bands with the opportunity to be rated with, and ranked amongst, other Nebraska bands

5- Provide bands with the opportunity to perform and compete to achieve a standard of excellence

6- Provide recognition for bands that have reached that standard of excellence

7- Provide bands with the opportunity to be critiqued by nationally recognized music educators

8- Provide bands with a critiquing system including recordings and ballots that will aid in improvement