2023 Tri-State Marching Championships

Welcome to the Tri-State Marching Championships!

Tri-State Regional Marching Championship Competition is being held on October 28th, 2023.

All marching band fans…come out and join us for an all day event on October 28th, 2023 in the Joan C. Edwards Stadium! We understand this is in conflict with another show, but this was our best option. We hope that you will choose to join us. You are promised to have a well run show that will provide excellent feedback from our highly qualified adjudicators using quality judges sheets. This is truly a contest of champions across the Tri-State Region!

We hope to see you there.


Registration for the Tri-State Marching Championships is now closed! If you are interested in joining us at Tri-State this year, please contact Dr. Christopher Schletter.

Directors – Click here to find the 2023 Tri-State director packet of information as we get closer to the show date.

Additional Information

We will continue to partner with CompetitionSuite to offer you a more streamlined approach to scoring and judges commentary. CompetitionSuite is an online program used by DCI, WGI, Bands of America, and many other competitions that puts all of your information in one place. You will be able to access your judge’s commentary within minutes of your performance, and all scoring tabulation will be handled directly through the software, eliminating any chance for human error. This information will stay online and only accessible by you, so you don’t have to worry about keeping up with a CD, SD card, or losing your score sheets. We will send out more information about how to create your profile closer to the event.

Adjudication Panel

Music GE 1 – Joe Poio
Music GE 2 – Bob Rada
Visual GE – Charles Myers
Music Ensemble – Jeff Parthun
Visual Ensemble – Robert Lee
Color Guard – Maurica Smith
Majorettes/Dancers – Adam Abshire
Percussion – Jackson Hall
Drum Majors – Julia Birney

Chief Judge – Bob Rada

Performances begin: 11:30am

Food: No outside food or drink is allowed in the stadium. Concession stands will be open on the west side of the stadium. The east side of the stadium will not be accessible.

Entry Fee: There is a $12 entry fee, while children under 5 are free. Programs are available for $3.

Performance Schedule: Drum Major Retreat and Awards Ceremony will conclude the event.

Registered Ensemble:

Bluefield High School
Chapmanville Regional High School
Greenrier East High School
Hurricane High School
Huntington High School
Johnson Central High School
Lincoln County High School
Magnolia High School
Nicholas County High School
Nitro High School
Oak Hill High School
Parkersburg South High School
Point Pleasant High School
Ravenswood High School
Richwood High School
Riverside High School
Saint Albans High School
Scott High School
Sissonville High School
South Charleston High School
Spring Valley High School
St. Mary’s High School
Summers County High School
Symmes Valley High School
Valley High School
Wahama High School
Wayne High School
Winfield High School
Woodrow Wilson High School

The 2023 performance schedule can be found here.

About the TSMC Event

The Tri-State Marching Championship is one of the biggest and best marching contests in the Tri-State area! Students get to perform in the 30,000 seat Joan C. Edwards stadium for a panel of expert adjudicators.  Don’t miss out on this great performance opportunity for your students.

We will continue to have four competitive classes and we may have two sets awards during the award ceremonies (1A/2A and 3A/4A) depending on the number of bands. We are also excited to continue to bring in world-class judges from around the country to provide you with feedback on your students’ performance.


We are excited to continue the State Champion awards (for those bands representing)! The award goes to the highest scorer from their state. We will also continue with Grand Champions and Runners-up for each class group, Top 3 in each class, and Best in each class for each of the following captions: Music, Visual, Effect, Color Guard, Percussion, and Drum Major/Field Commander. In addition, we will have over all awards for Majorettes, Feature Twirler, and dance.


Upcoming Wind Band Performances

The Marshall University Wind Bands new concert season begin this fall. Stay tuned for dates and times.

All concerts can be found on our YouTube Channel here.


Marching Thunder Events

Fall 2023 Performance Schedule
This schedule is subject to change over the course of the summer. All performance are at at MU unless otherwise noted.


10th – 19thBand Camp
19th – Friends & Family Performance

2nd – Home game vs. Albany/Band Day
23rd – Home game vs. Virginia Tech
26th – Gazzette Mail Festival
30th – Home game vs. ODU – Homecoming! Alumni, come on back!

19th (Thurs.) – Home game vs. JMU
20th (Fri.) – Logan High School
28th – Tri-State Marching Championships

11th – Home game vs. Georgia Southern
25th – Home game vs. Arkansas State

2nd – Possible SBC Championships

Additional post season performances – TBD