Percussion Open

Open Class ensembles are an exciting branch of the marching percussion family.  They are enthusiastic with a strong desire to grow and explore.  They are open and eager to test skills in a more challenging arena.  Most will have achieved the level of training set in Class A and welcome the challenge of greater creativity.  There should be sound development in a logical growing progression of challenges while maintaining the premise that growth requires new and additional training.

Scholastic Open Class is consistently aged 14 through 17.  Unlike Scholastic A Class, these ensembles have discovered a much stronger personality and are not usually similar to one another.  The depth of their training and skills are still comparable in many cases, primarily due to the similarity of their age and the similar number of hours put into their development.  Their programs are often freshly unique and original.

Independent Open Class still contains a wide range of age and some skill difference.  Performers within one ensemble can range from 12 to 22 years of age.  There is greater consistency in the range of skills and physical development.  Programs are unique.  A few individuals will demonstrate a high level of skills.  Some advanced challenges will exist.