• Eight Hour Marching Band Rule Q&A

    Since 1997 the UIL has limited practice outside the academic school day for marching band and auxiliary components to eight hours per calendar week. The Student/Parent Acknowledgement Form came from a recommendation made by the UIL/TMEA Marching Band Study Committee after many months of research and deliberation. The form was created to enlighten students and parents regarding the specifies of the 8-hour rule as it applies to marching band. The form can be found on the Marching Band page of the UIL web site.


    Q: When does the 8-hour rule begin?

    A: The last Monday in August.

    Q: Does meeting, warming-up or doing a "run through" prior to an appearance at a football game count towards the 8 hours?

    A: On performance days (football games, competitions and other public performances) bands may hold up to one additional hour warm-up and practice beyond the scheduled warm-up time at the performance site.

    Q: Does the drumline or color guard or other auxiliary have any additional rehearsal time beyond the eight hours?

    A: No. The eight hours are cumulative for all components of the band and its auxiliaries.

    Q: Does the drumline, color guard or other auxiliary have additional rehearsal time beyond the eight hours if they are preparing for competition other than marching contest?

    A: No. The eight-hour rule is inclusive of all marching related activities during the marching season.

    Q: If a band does not use all of its eight hours in one week can the unused hours be "carried over" into the next calendar week?

    A: No.

    Q: Do parades or other kinds of public performances count towards the eight hours?

    A: No.

    Q: If the drum major or section leader calls an extra rehearsal for individuals or sections of the band will the extra rehearsal count towards the eight hours?

    A: Yes.

    Q: Does voluntary practice for activities such as all-district, all-region or all-state tryouts count towards the eight-hour limitation on marching band rehearsals?

    A: No.

    Q: Does set-up time, movement to and from the field, etc. count as part of the eight hours?

    A: No.

    Q: How does the eight-hour marching rehearsal rule affect students who are in more than one extracurricular activity?

    A: A student who is in more than one activity such as marching band and cross country, marching band and drama or marching band and jazz ensemble is permitted eight hours per activity. For example, a student could rehearse eight hours during the calendar week with marching band and still be able to attend rehearsals or practices for another activity.