Cadets compete on a team of up to 31 members. There are three parts to the Band competition on which the cadets are evaluated.
- Uniform Inspection
- Compulsory Routine (set music)
- Freestyle Routine (music/arrangement is chosen by the team)
Cadets are inspected prior to competing. Cadets uniforms are assessed for proper badge placement, well ironed, boots shone, hair is proper, free of lint and pennants. Cadets then complete a compulsory routine that has been assigned by the region, this routine is more formal. After the compulsory routine is completed, the Drum Major then reports, and the team will then complete a freestyle routine with the team being more free to express their musicality and showmanship.
As a part of the team’s points, they are evaluated on their uniforms, the precision of their musicality, drill movements, ability to follow their drum major’s commands/orders, use of parade space etc. Team captains are marked on completing the sequence in order, power of command, bearing, control of their team and use of the parade square space.