All Classifications : Large Ensembles

An ensemble’s classification is based on grade level and school enrollment at the time the registration form is submitted. Any group from a single school may enter a higher classification. A group may select its required music from a higher grade without changing its classification.

High School (9-12, 10-12, 11-12, 12)
Classifications of high schools, based on total school enrollment, will be as follows:

Classification School enrollment 
AAAA 1,800 and above
AAA 1,150 – 1,799
AA 700 – 1,149
A 400 – 699
B. 1 – 399


Junior High, Middle, and Elementary Schools
Classification in this section will be determined by the total enrollment of the school and the top grade in the ensemble. Grades represented must be indicated on the entry form in the space provided.

Classification School enrollment Top grade in
performing group
9-A 1,000 and above 9th 
9-B 450-999 9th 
9-C 1-449 9th 
8-A 1,000 and above 8th
8-B 450-999 8th
8-C 1-449 8th
7-A 1,000 and above 7th
7-B 450-999 7th
7-C 1-449 7th
6-A 1,000 and above 6th
6-B 450-999 6th
6-C 1-449 6th
5-A 1,000 and above 5th
5-B 450-999 5th
5-C 1-449 5th
4-A 1,000 and above 4th
4-B 450-999 4th
4-C 1-449 4th


Other Classifications
Second Groups: Second or training organizations will be classified as second groups. A second group in AAAA high school for example will be designated as Class AAAA-Second Group.

Members of a school’s first group may not participate in second or training groups.

Second groups may not participate without participation from the first group (exception: State/Regional Assessment).

CLASS D (Band only):  Unusual circumstances many times prevent groups from participating in District Assessments. A director who feels that unusual circumstances warrant an opportunity to enter a lower classification as described in this handbook may petition a committee of the LMEA Board of Directors for consideration. The director will present the facts and circumstances prompting his/her request to a committee of the LMEA President, the Division Chair, and the District Director during the Annual State LMEA Conference. The Division Chair will notify the director immediately after the meeting if possible, but if the situation warrants further study, he shall be notified within (7) days. A group may be allowed to drop a maximum of two classifications and shall be ineligible for qualification for State Assessment.

CLASS F: Combined schools taught by the same director in an itinerant position. This classification must carry the top grade represented. (example: 8-F, 9-F.)

Performance requirement in F Classification will be taken from the enrollment of the largest school. (example: School 1 = 200 enrollment, Class B; School 2 = 425 enrollment, Class A. Performance is required from Class A).

Total school programs (same teacher at high school and junior high) may use students from the junior high with the high school and will use the high school classification. (example:Class B, Class A etc.) Junior high students used with the high school are not eligible to perform (at LMEA assessment) with the junior high group.

CLASS G: 100% beginners. In class G, sight reading will not be required at the district level unless the group plans to participate in the state music assessment.

CLASS H (Youth Choruses, All-City Choruses, Youth Symphonies, and All-City Orchestras only):  In Class H, the organization must rehearse on a regularly scheduled basis and each student must be a member of the school’s instrumental music program. In a situation where there is no like program in the school, the student must be certified by the director of the performing organization. The director of this performing organization must be a member of NAfME/LMEA or pay the nonmember LMEA fee. This classification must carry the top grade represented (example 9-H, 11 -H, 8-H. etc.).

CLASS I: Parish or local honor group. Class I will carry a classification one level higher than the largest school represented. (example: a group with the largest school being Class A will be classified I-AA.) The group will perform and sight read Class AA. Students performing with Class I honor groups will not lose eligibility in their own school program. The official enrollment of the school will be certified by the principal and determined by the enrollment at the time of the assessment entry.