TOURNAMENT contests are held year round throughout a nine-state area in the mid-Atlantic region.  Throughout the year, you will find Tournament-sponsored events for marching band, indoor performances, parades, jazz contests, and numerous other scholastic, independent, community and organization competitions.  

Tournament of Bands (TOB) provides a competitive arena for marching bands.  Hundreds of bands compete in field shows from September through November.  The TOB All-Star Marching Band represents the association annually in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Tournament Indoor Association (TIA) provides contests for indoor performing ensembles including percussion, dance, color guard and twirling.  Jazz band and concert bands also participate during TIA season (January through May).

National Judges Association provides adjudicators for all Tournament-sponsored events.

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TOB--Tournament of Bands.
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.