Cedar Cliffs Classic Tournament of Bands

The A.C. Reynolds High School band program is committed to offering you and your students a well-organized, fun, and educational contest experience!  We are excited about our annual marching band festival and assure you that it will be a great experience for all.  


Welcome to the 1st Annual Cedar Cliff Classic!   


Thank you for your interest in the 5th annual Cedar Cliffs Classic Tournament of Bands. We are looking forward to hosting your band in our contest line-up. Please use the following information as a guide and ask any questions you may have.

Registration and Scheduling

Registration is now open for the Cedar Cliffs Classic Tournament of Bands, which will be held on October 9, 2021. The registration fee is $75 and should be sent in once the online registration is complete. Please make checks payable to “ACRHS Band Parents Association.” Performance order will be based on the electronic receipt of the online registration and the date on the check for the registration fee.

Below is a link to the registration form:


Location and Stadium

A.C. Reynolds High School and R.L. Dalton Stadium are located in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina approximately one mile off Interstate 40 in Asheville. Our high school campus is one of the most beautiful in North Carolina. The stadium seats approximately 3,000 spectators on the performance (home) side, with additional metal seating for bands if needed on the visitor side. The press box is approximately four stories above field level, giving it a great vantage point for judges.


Classification is based on the number of wind players in each band. Classes may be adjusted for equal class sizes. Class sizes are as follows:

Class A: Up to 25 wind players

Class AA: 26-45 wind players

Class AAA: 46-65 wind players

Class AAAA: 66-85 wind players

Class AAAAA: Over 85 wind players

Judging and Scoring

Our contest will use Olympic Style judging, with five band judges (drop the lowest and highest scores, average the middle three scores) and judges for the captions of Percussion, Color Guard, and Drum Major. The Band Score, which will be used to determine the overall score, will be the average of the middle three scores from the band judges.


Band Score Break Down:

40% Music

30% Marching and Maneuvering

30% General Effect

In the event of a tie, the music score will be the tie breaker. If the Music score is tied, ties will be broken using the Marching and Maneuvering score. If that is tied as well, the tie will be broken using the General Effect score.


Captions will be judged for Percussion, Color Guard, and Drum Major. In the event of ties for caption scores, ties will not be broken; tied bands will receive the same award.


The awards ceremony will follow the last group’s performance. Each band will receive a participation award. In addition, the following awards will be given for each class (top three): Music, Percussion, Color Guard, Drum Major, and Overall Class Placement.


The band demonstrating the best attitude, enthusiasm, and spirit will receive the Rocket Award. There will be two Sweepstakes Awards: one for the highest overall band score for class 1A-2A bands, as well as one for class 3A-5A bands. The Band of the Day Trophy will go to the band with the highest overall band score of the day.

Confirmed Judges for 2021
Mr. Steve Sigmon
Dr. Christian Zembower
Mr. W.C. Lanning
Mr. Mike Wilson
Mr. Ed Kiefer

Percussion Judge
Mr. Justin Mabry

Drum Major Judge
Mrs. Jennifer Garnett

Color Guard Judge
Mr. Bryan Baker

Contact Information

If you have questions about the Cedar Cliffs Classic please contact Mr. Sean Smith, A.C. Reynolds High School Director of Bands. His contact information is as follows:


Sean Smith

AC Reynolds High School,

1 Rocket Drive Asheville, NC 28803

Office phone: 828-298-9554

Email: [email protected]

Cedar Cliffs Classic

Tournament of Bands

October 9th, 2021

National Anthem 11:40

-performed by members of the AC Reynolds Marching Rockets’ Saxophone Section


Madison Marching Patriots 11:50

Andrews Marching Wildcats 12:10


Pisgah - School The Band Of Bears 1:00

Swain High Marching Band 1:20

Owen - Warhorse Regiment 1:40


Jesse C. Carson - Marching Cougars 2:20

Erwin - Warrior Pride Marching Band 2:40

West Henderson - Flying Falcon Marching Band 3:00

North Buncombe - Marching Blackhawks 3:40

The Spirit of Cox Mill 4:00

McDowell - Marching Titan Band 4:20


TC Roberson - Marching Rams 5:40

Enka - Marching Jets 6:00

Newton Conover - Red Devil Marching Band 6:20


AC Reynolds Marching Rockets 6:40

UNC Charlotte - Pride of Niner Nation 7:00


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