Annual Grassfield High School Grizzly Classic - Marching Bands Competition

The Grassfield High School Bands Program invites high school marching bands across Virginia and North Carolina to participate in the Annual Grassfield High School Grizzly Classic. The 8th annual event was held during the fall of 2019. We offer great space, warm-up times and an award-winning field to showcase each school’s marching program.

Our Goal – Constructive evaluation and feedback from an accomplished panel of adjudicators that will benefit the remainder of each band’s marching season, be it regional championships or VBODA Assessment. We ensure this by hiring quality judges that can offer constructive critique and praise for ANY TYPE of band and by supplying bands with digital files of judge recordings immediately following their performance so bands may share this information with staff and students.

Event Highlights:

Start Time – Late Morning to provide bands with an opportunity to attend multiple shows in one day, including regional championships later in the day in Hampton Roads.

Ease of Getting Here – Grassfield High School is located in South Hampton Roads, just off Highway 17 in Chesapeake, providing a central location for southeastern Virginia and eastern North Carolina bands, just two hours from Richmond and two hours from Greenville, NC.

Classification – The bands will be divided into classes by size according to the number of playing members. These classes will be determined by natural breaks in the registered bands. Bands will be scheduled within their classes by earliest postmark or timestamp.


1st, 2nd, 3rd place band in each class
1st place in Guard and Percussion in each class
Best GE, Best Music Performance, Best Visual Performance (overall)
Grand Champion (overall)

Hospitality & Food – A generous hospitality tent located inside the performance enclosure and stocked with our outstanding culinary team’s wonderful cooking and beverages. (Come hungry and bring your staff and bus drivers!)

For bands competing in two shows, we offer the hospitality of a pre-ordered meal deal. No need to worry about scheduling in meal time, just order from us and we will have it ready for your group. We also have two large concession stands that will be fully stocked for parents, family, students, and fans on the day.

Plans are underway to hold another Grassfield Grizzly Classic in the Fall of 2021.

Registration Questions: Dr. Donny Allen |

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