Registration FAQ

How much does it cost to register for a show?
The registration cost for each of the first four shows is $225. This cost remains unchanged from the 2019 season. 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, October 1st, 2019. 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.

Also, for the 2020 season, any new ensemble attending an NCPA show for the first time will receive a free WGI 1:1 virtual evaluation session. For more information on the WGI 1:1 offering, please refer to the following links:
WGI 1-on-1 Video
WGI 1-on-1 Website

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 previous score.

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.

What is the experience like at NCPA Championships?
For the second consecutive year NCPA Championships will be held at Stockton Arena, in downtown Stockton, California. Stockton Arena is a 12,000 person professional hockey and basketball arena. Besides being one of the premier winter percussion venues in the entire country, NCPA Championships offers a double-panel of top-notch judges from all over the country, a full awards retreat, and much more. Significant improvements from last year’s event are underway, including expanded parking, better lighting, and general admission ticketing.

Why does attending championships cost more money?
The cost for NCPA Championships helps offset rental of the arena, the surrounding parking lots, judge fees and travel for a double panel, venue work staff and security, and much more. All of these costs have gone up for 2020. The registration fee offsets approximately 25% of the total cost of the event.

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.

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 2020 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 $400 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.
  • Two-for-one purchase opportunities for the Day of Percussion workshop held on November 17th at California High School.

What is the Day of Percussion workshop?
The goal of this workshop is to provide Northern California educators an opportunity for professional development, and learn from some of the best designers and educators in the marching arts. We are excited to have Sean Vega, director of Riverside Community College, share his insight on design principals. Stay tuned for more clinicians to be announced! To help cover the cost of our clinicians, admission will be $25 (online registration) / $30 (at the door). NCPA Members will receive a two-for-one discount coupon code. The event will take place on November 17th at California High School. Read more and register here.

Why is a membership more expensive this year?
New benefits have been added this year, including the Day of Percussion. The value of the membership still far exceeds the cost. Increasing the cost of the NCPA Membership was made to ensure we could continue to offer high-quality show experiences without increasing the cost of the first four shows.

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 2020 with participation open to anyone wishing to attend. Topics will include shows, venues, judges, and the overall direction of the activity and the circuit.