National Solos Competition 2021

National Solos Competition - 2022

Competitor fee is $20 per participant. Rules and regulations are listed below.

Solos Competition Regulations 2021 (condensed for online events)

1.0 CDA will provide qualified adjudicators at all sanctioned events

1.1 Tabulation of final scores are subject to review by the Chief Judge, up to twelve (12) hours after a competition.

1.2 CDA reserves the right to refuse or eject a performer or an ensemble.

1.3 All fees must be paid in full before a performer can compete, and are non refundable.

1.4 CDA and Drumline Magazine may photograph/videotape events for promotional purposes.

1.5 All performers wishing to participate must register for each category they compete in (solo, duet, small ensemble). The registration is a $20 flat fee per performer.

1.6 Public verbal, digital, or written slander of the CDA, any representative of the CDA, competitors, board directors, or adjudicators will result in an ejection of offending person

1.7 The CDA is not responsible for the physical or mental safety of performers, staff, Audience members, and volunteers who participate in any CDA event. The CDA is not responsible for loss or return of equipment and personal belongings.

1.8 All performers must be enrolled in secondary education or lower, and represent a registered competing ensemble of the CDA in good standing.

1.9 There is no Critique after the solos competition

1.11 Video submissions are due Friday February 19th 11:59pm ET.

1.12 Results will be posted by the CDA on all platforms on Monday March 8th.


Solo Snare Drum

Solo Multitenor


Solo Mallets

Small Ensemble Bass

Small Ensemble Cymbals

2.0 Performers my only use the instruments in the title of their classification

Penalty: disqualification

2.1 The use of electronics and pre-recorded music is prohibited

Penalty: disqualification

2.2 A performer may only compete in a category once per event (only one solo snare etc)

Penalty: disqualification

2.3 Solo competitions may only have a single (1) performer. Duet competitions may only have two (2) performers.

Penalty: disqualification

2.4 No single, triggered, electronic sound may produce rhythmic intent (metronome)

Penalty: disqualification

2.5 No pyrotechnics, firearms (of any type), flammable liquids, and/or canisters will be permitted in or around the competition site. Effect creating tools, including but not limited to smoke machines, compressed air apparatuses, animals, helium filled balloons, lasers, and lighting (not already installed in the building) may not be used as any part of the performance. Neither wet cell batteries, nor gasoline, electric, or manually powered generators can be used. Building lighting cannot be turned off, dimmed, or otherwise altered by the performing ensemble.

Penalty: disqualification

2.7 Mallet percussion include the following: marimba, vibraphone, xylophone.

Penalty: disqualification

2.8 Duet instrumentation is limited to: snare drum, multitenors, bass, mallets, and cymbals.

Penalty: disqualification

2.9 Marching and dancing are not adjudicated. All performances are stand still (concert).

Penalty: five (5) points

2.11 No external props of any kind.

Penalty: five (5) points

2.12 Solo competitors may only play on a single type instrument per performance

Penalty: disqualification


3.1 The maximum video performance time  shall not exceed two and a half (2.5) minutes

Penalty: one tenth (.1) point per second over

3.2 The minimum performance time is one and a half (1.5) minutes.

Penalty: one tenth (.1) point per second under

3.3 All captions will be judged for the entire video performance.


4.0 Performers will where the uniform/clothing of the school/ensemble they represent.

Penalty: disqualification