Registration FAQ

How much does it cost to register for a show?
The registration cost for each “regular season” show is $225. This cost remains unchanged from the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Payment can be made at the time of registration, or via check if payment is received at least 24 hours prior to the event.

When can I register for the upcoming season?
Registration opens at noon PT, December 15th, 2021. Registration for each event closes four weeks prior to the show date, with final schedules made available on each respective show page shortly after each event closes.

What are the benefits I get from coming to an NCPA show?
Each NCPA show is designed to provide the best possible experience for the performers and their staff. Shows occur on Saturday evenings, and include different panels of judges from all over the country. Instead of traditional trophies, ensembles are rewarded with gift certificates and equipment from leading percussion companies. Raffles are sometimes held providing all competing groups with access to additional prize opportunities.

How is performance order determined at NCPA shows?
Performance order at all events except for NCPA Championships is determined by registration date, with the earliest registering ensembles in each class performing last. If multiple groups register the same day, there is a random draw to determine performance order among those ensembles.

Performance order for NCPA Championships is seeded based on highest current-season score. Additionally, ensembles who have competed at an NCPA event in the current season will receive 1 “bonus point” per performance.

Example: Main Street HS attends events 1, 2 and 4, and has a best score from the 4th event of 82.7. MSHS will therefore have a seeded score 82.7 + 3 (events) = 85.7. Any ensembles attending championships as their first event will be ordered by registration date, latest first. The order for ensembles with the same seeded score, or registration date stamp if championships is their first event, will be randomized.

Who can attend NCPA shows?
NCPA shows are open to marching percussion units, concert percussion units, as well as marching winds units. Both scholastic and independent groups may register. Groups may self-select into 4 different levels: Jr, A, Open, and World Class.

How much does it cost to attend NCPA Championships?
The registration cost for NCPA Championships is $350.

Why does attending championships cost more money?
The cost for NCPA Championships is higher simply because there are twice as many judges as a “normal” season show. The full double panel significantly increases judges fees and travel, which are offset with the higher registration cost.

What is the value in having a double panel?
The double panel allows units who only attend championships a fair read, regardless of performance order. Units will receive commentary and scores from eight judges, instead of the standard four judges. During annual NCPA Summit meetings this has routinely been one of the most sought after perks, and we are proud to introduce it in 2022!

What are the benefits of an NCPA Membership?
An NCPA Membership is a way to pre-pay for a number of NCPA benefits at a deep discount. The Membership Fee for 2022 is $200. Benefits include:

  • Five additional passes for every show you attend – including NCPA Championships. This is in addition to the 10 staff/volunteer passes already provided. These can be used for additional staff members or for parents and support staff. As a reminder, everyone entering the arena must have a ticket or staff/spectator pass. (If you’re attending all 5 events this alone is around a $360 value!)
  • Two additional parking passes for every show you attend. This is in addition to the three parking passes already provided to participating ensembles for each show. Vehicles without parking passes will park in spectator parking.
  • Preferred critique times. NCPA Member Groups will have the opportunity to sign-up for preferred critique times at shows.
  • “Buy 1 Get 1 Free” tickets for any non-show events (e.g. Day of Percussion Workshop)
  • $25 store credit at

How do I register for the I&E competition?
This year’s I&E competition will be held at James Logan High School as a part of our third show of the year, on March 19, 2022. You can read all the details here.

Can I share input/feedback on the season?
Yes! An end of season survey will be sent to all participating groups at season’s end. An annual summit meeting will be held in May/June 2022 with participation open to anyone wishing to attend. Topics will include shows, venues, judges, and the overall direction of the activity and the circuit.