IPE classifies Indoor Percussion ensembles into 5 classes. Junior, Concert, A Class, Open and World Class;
Junior Class ensembles have some experience in the indoor percussion arena. They are allowed to perform with a color guard. The total performance time will be no more than 8 minutes. (No minimum performance time) Here is where the beginning (Junior) marching and concert ensembles explores new challenges through performance and realizes a greater sense of achievement as each more complex skill is learned. In the Junior Class the age limit is 16. In case these age limit rules differ from rules of the national indoor percussion association in one of the European countries, a corps in the Junior Class has the option to follow the age limit rules that apply in its own country, instead of the IPE rules. Penalties will not be given. Junior Class units can compete either perform with marching (show) or in a concert formation. Judges will adapt captions to concert (2 captions: Ensemble Music and General Effect) or marching (3 captions: Ensemble Music, General Effect and Ensemble Visual)
This class is designed for those groups whose single emphasis is the exploration and development of musical presentations. Their repertoire may include original compositions and/or arrangements or transcriptions of existing materials. The expectations of the judge will be different from those of the marching ensemble. In this class, the concert stage will be set to deliver the sound from a stationary focal point. Paradigms for the concert class can be drawn from ANY musical idiom, all of which will have an equal opportunity to succeed. The scoring system will attempt to measure the level of artistry and performance quality contained in the ensemble’s program as demonstrated by the performers. Instrumentation must be oriented to the performance of concert percussion. Movement will be permitted in order to allow performers to change equipment or to allow for better presentation of musical performance only. The total performance time will be no more than 8 minutes. (No minimum performance time) One non-student conductor is allowed in the concert classes only. This is not a marching class. Credit will be given for musical elements only.
A Class ensembles are a unique and special aspect of the IPE family. These are the younger or less developed participants. Our goal is to assist in their training and development and to reward these achievements in a logical learning progression. To teach these groups with the greatest degree of consistency and success requires a thorough understanding of their level of development and training. They are allowed to perform with a color guard. The total performance time will be no more than 8 minutes. (No minimum performance time) Here is where the beginner/intermediate European marching ensembles explores new challenges through performance and realizes a greater sense of achievement as each more complex skill is learned. This is ‘the Start-Up Class’ for European Indoor Percussion ensembles.
Open Class ensembles are an exciting branch of the IPE Percussion family. They are enthusiastic with a strong desire to grow and explore. They are open and eager to test their skills in a more challenging arena. Most will have achieved the level of training set in A Class 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. The total performance time will be no more than 8 minutes. (No minimum performance time) Open Class ensembles are trendsetters in the indoor percussion activity. Programs are unique and innovative and these components are important at this level. Some very sophisticated challenges will be placed on the performers.
World Class ensembles are the standard setting branch of the IPE Percussion family. These are the innovators of indoor percussion who set the direction of the activity through the standards of creative design and performance achievements. They explore new challenges of dexterity, musical and physical skill within original and unique programs. They are comfortable dealing with abstraction and are strongly influenced by the Arts. Their exploration is the highest level of creative potential. The total performance time will be no more than 8 minutes. (No minimum performance time) Here is where the advanced student explores the optimum challenge through widely varied performance techniques, while understanding fully the joy of performance communication and the victory of audience involvement.