Grading Guide

This is a brief description of the way in which we determine the grade of each marching percussion piece.

Basic-Beginning
Music with a grade of 1 is designed for an early developing percussion section.  Pieces generally work well
with minimal instrumentation.  Ideal for Beginning-Intermediate skill sets in junior high as well as beginning
high school groups who may not have the benefit of having a percussion instructor.

Easy
Music with a grade of 2 is designed for a younger developing percussion section.  Pieces start to incorporate
larger instrumentation, but still work with smaller units.  Ideal for Intermediate-Advanced junior high as well as
beginning to advanced-beginning level high school groups.

Medium-Easy (Regional A-Class)
Music with a grade of 3 is designed for the intermediate development level.  Pieces incorporate larger
instrumentation and may start losing their effect with minimal instrumentation.  Ideal for very advanced junior
high school, advanced beginning-intermediate high school lines, as well as beginning level college/independent
lines.

Medium-Hard (A-Class)
Music with a grade of 4 is designed for the advancing intermediate level.  Pieces require a full instrumentation.
Ideal for intermediate-early advanced level high school lines as well as less developed college/independent
groups. (Minimal instrumentation versions are available as a special order.)

Hard (Open-Class)
Music with a grade of 5 is designed for an advanced level.  Pieces require a full instrumentation.  Ideal for
advanced level high school lines as well as intermediate college/independent groups. (Minimal instrumentation
versions are available as a special order.)