Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association (PIMBA) is a nonprofit organization that serves as a competitive adjudication circuit for high school marching bands in western Pennsylvania. Founded in 1996 from the PFCJ marching band circuit, the organization now includes 20 member bands[1] who perform at both local festivals as well as the PIMBA Championships. Member bands host the adjudications throughout the fall season.

Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association
Division: PFCJ (Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Judges)
Activity: Marching Band Festival Adjudication
Founded: 1996
Country: United States (Western Pennsylvania)
Official Website: http://www.pimba.org

BackgroundEdit

PIMBA events provide both healthy competition and constructive feedback for performing bands. Directors pay membership dues in order for their ensemble to be classified as a member of the circuit. Classifications are broken down by the number of performing instrumentalists per ensemble. The current classifications are as follows[2]:

  • Class A: 1–40 instrumentalists
  • Class AA: 41– 60 instrumentalists
  • Class AAA: 61–85 instrumentalists
  • Class AAAA: 86+ instrumentalists

Directors may also choose to have their ensemble perform in judged exhibition or Festival Class. These bands will not be placed but will still receive judges' commentary and an individual score. From 1997 to 2012, PIMBA also featured a National Class– qualifications for this class included placing in the top five at BOA Regional competitions for two consecutive years or by special request of the director.


The final competition to take place for each season is the PIMBA Championships. At the championships, bands receive final scoring in their respective classes with the top scoring band from each class being crowned a PIMBA Class Champion. The championships has historically been held at the following locations:

*the 2020 PIMBA season will not feature in-person performances due to COVID-19

Scoring is based upon the same system used by Bands of America, featuring a Musical Performance category (worth 20 points), a Visual Performance category (worth 20 points), and a General Effect category (worth 60 points). Unlike BOA, the raw total from these three categories is divided by two and raised by 50 to establish an ensemble's final score.[4][5][6] [7]

PIMBA Championship Results: 1996-2019Edit

Throughout PIMBA's history, there have been 24 Championship competitions. While many class champions have been crowned, there have been several changes and cancellations over the course of PIMBA's existence:

  • 1996: No National Class (AAAA was "Open Class")
  • 1999: No Class AAA, AAAA, or National Class Champions (Field Washout)
  • Post-2013: No National Class (Absorbed into AAAA; instrumentalist numbers reclassified for each class)
  • 2019: No Class AAA or AAAA Champions (Weather Cancellation)

Listed below are all of the class champion bands by year and class. Also included with each champion is the title of their field show and their score if found. Next to the name of the champion in parentheses is the # of times that band has been crowned a class champion. Additional Note: the current scoring system for PIMBA was introduced in the 2004 season with revisions also being made for the 2013 and 2018 seasons, respectively.

Champion by Year and Classification[8]
Class A Class AA Class AAA Class AAAA National Class
1996 North Catholic(1)

Show Title Unknown

Score Unknown

Mars Area(1)

The Beatles

87.10

East Allegheny(1)

Show Title Unknown

Score Unknown

Kiski Area(1)

The Music of Gershwin

Score Unknown

1997 Serra Catholic(1)

Show Title Unknown

Score Unknown

Beaver Area(1)

Damn Yankees

Score Unknown

Gateway(1)

Slavonic Dances

Score Unknown

West Allegheny(1)

Show Title Unknown

Score Unknown

Norwin(1)

Hollywood Classics

Score Unknown

1998[9] No Participants in Class Mars Area(2)

The Music of Buddy Rich

87.70

Gateway(2)

Emotions of the Soul

92.45

McKeesport(1)

Earth, Wind, and Fire

89.40

Norwin(2)

Kozhevnikov's "Symphony #3"

96.60

1999 South Park(1)

Show Title Unknown

Score Unknown

Mars Area(3)

Swingin' into the Next Millennium

Score Unknown

Cancelled: No Champion
2000 South Park(2)

Show Title Unknown

Score Unknown

Mars Area(4)

Lucy's Back with an Attitude

86.00

West Allegheny(2)

Jesus Christ Superstar

Score Unknown

Gateway(3)

The Odyssey

Score Unknown

Norwin(3)

Reflections of Earth

Score Unknown

2001[10] Beaver Area(2)

Les Misérables

81.75

Southmoreland(1)

The Jackson Five

87.90

Deer Lakes(1)

Fiddler on the Roof

89.80

Trinity(1)

Show Title Unknown

92.85

Norwin(4)

Knights of Honour

94.95

2002[11] Beaver Area(3)

Show Title Unknown

82.70

Elizabeth Forward(2)

Pianoforte

81.60

Mars Area(5)

City of Angels

91.15

Trinity(2)

Show Title Unknown

88.65

Kiski Area(2)

Route 66: Enjoy the Ride!

96.15

2003[12] Cochranton(1)

Show Title Unknown

82.35

East Allegheny(2)

The Music of Gershwin

81.20

Mars Area(6)

Going Slightly Insane

91.00

Trinity(3)

The Music of Chase

88.35

Kiski Area(3)

Head, Hands, and Feet

95.80

2004[13] Quaker Valley(1)

Cirque du Soleil

84.83

Blackhawk(1)

Show Title Unknown

90.03

Gateway(4)

Locomotion

92.50

Trinity(4)

Once Upon A Time

90.03

Norwin(5)

Fiesta!

96.48

2005[14] Beaver Area(4)

Show Title Unknown

83.30

Fox Chapel(1)

Show Title Unknown

89.13

Gateway(5)

Reflections

91.68

Trinity(5)

Wicked

89.95

Norwin(6)

Grooves in Motion

94.35

2006[15] Deer Lakes(2)

Cirque du Soleil

83.53

Fox Chapel(2)

Paint Me a Picture

86.65

West Allegheny(3)

Black, White, and Red All Over

88.23

Trinity(6)

Show Title Unknown

89.43

Kiski Area(4)

Viva Las Vegas

94.63

2007[16] Beaver Area(5)

Show Title Unknown

82.88

Blackhawk(2)

Sesame Street

89.10

Gateway(6)

From the New World

90.98

Trinity(7)

New York, New York

90.58

Kiski Area(5)

The Rhythm of Life

94.45

2008[17] Fox Chapel(3)

Out of the Box

85.65

Mars Area(7)

Songs of the Beatles

87.80

Trinity(8)

Cloudburst

90.30

Gateway(7)

Canon

92.20

Kiski Area(6)

Click

95.45

2009[18] Cochranton(2)

Clockworks

86.40

Mars Area(8)

Blood, Sweat, and Tears

86.45

Trinity(9)

Frequency

85.33

Gateway(8)

Winter Sketches

88.83

Kiski Area(7)

Pursuit

94.55

2010[19] Fox Chapel(4)

Rebound

84.83

Blackhawk(3)

This is Halloween

86.48

Mars Area(9)

The Music of Kansas

86.15

Moon Area(1)

Renaissance

88.80

Kiski Area(8)

Imaginarium

93.35

2011[20] Deer Lakes(3)

Rivers

79.53

Blackhawk(4)

The Wicked Wiz of Oz

86.35

Trinity(10)

Kaleidoscope

85.63

Moon Area(2)

To the Top

89.58

Norwin(7)

Salvation

93.30

2012[21] East Allegheny(3)

Only the Good Die Young

77.78

McGuffey(1)

New Orleans Sketches

80.18

West Allegheny(4)

Brazil

83.43

Gateway(9)

Beyond the Forest's Edge

87.68

Norwin(8)

The Road to You

93.20

2013[22] Blackhawk(5)

Les Misérables

83.73

Mars Area(10)

A Night in the City

86.73

Gateway(10)

It Just Ain't Right

90.00

Norwin(9)

The Rise of the Knight

93.60

2014[23] Blackhawk(6)

Mirage

80.85

Mars Area(11)

The Phantom of the Opera

86.00

Gateway(11)

Flashback

88.78

Norwin(10)

When Worlds Collide

92.80

2015[24] Blackhawk(7)

Through the Window

78.23

Deer Lakes(4)

The Hero in Us All

80.73

Gateway(12)

Egyptian Impressions

86.88

Kiski Area(9)

Origins

90.98

2016[25] Leechburg(1)

The Drake Equation

77.75

Deer Lakes(5)

MI-6: The 007 Archives

80.48

Gateway(13)

Puppet Master

84.75

Norwin(11)

Con4mity

89.78

2017 Leechburg(2)

Connected

80.13

Southmoreland(2)

I am...

83.83

Mars Area(12)

Beethoven: Artistry in Motion

85.40

Norwin(12)

RunAway

92.35

2018 Blackhawk(8)

A Darkness Beckons

76.325

Deer Lakes(6)

Stories from the West Side

80.710

Gateway(14)

Enigma

86.710

Kiski Area(10)

Out of the Blue

92.790

2019 Leechburg(3)

Show Title Unknown

77.15

Fox Chapel Area(5)

Conquest

81.075

Cancelled: No Champion

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