The Western United States Pipe
Band Association's sanctioned drum major contest rules are taken from
the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association's rules for drum major competitions.
Sanctioned WUSPBA D/M competitions are for Scottish pipe band
drum majors and appropriate pipe band uniforms must be worn in order
to compete. Competitor's are not required be registered with a pipe
band but must be dressed appropriately. WUSPBA solo competitor
membership is required to compete at a WUSPBA sanctioned competition.
See the WUSPBA
site for information on becoming a member.
compete for a total of 100 points based on these categories: dress
inspection (20 points.), marching, deportment, mace and foot drill
(40 points.). The flourishing score includes: variety, difficulty,
quality, and knowledge of the music being played (40 points).
Drum majors compete with a pipe band playing a 6/8 march and two to
five compete at the same time. The correct style, the Scottish
pipe band drum major method, of marching, deportment, and flourishing
must be displayed.
The competition starts with a step off and the drum majors
marching forward on a straight course that will be at least 120 feet
long. A counter march is performed at the end of the course
and the drum majors march back to the starting point where another
counter march is executed. Mark time, halt, and music cut off
drill are performed at the half way point of the course. The
number of counter marches in a competition are determined by the judge.
The number of counters are no less than two.
is allowed only in the double forte (repeat) of the tune, and only
beating time or a cane walk are allow during the piano ( first time
through) of the tune. Contest penalties are describe in the
A link to the official rules, a diagram of a drum major
competition course, and a video of a drum major contest are provided
for drum majors to study on this page.