Individuals & Ensembles ("I&E") is a competition run by BYBA. However, instead of scoring and ranking bands based on how well they can perform a field show, I&E looks more at the individual members of each band.
I&E is split into many categories in order to allow competitors to show off their skills. First we look at the number of performers in each entry to determine the initial class - 1 person goes in the "individuals" class, 2-3 people go in the "duos/trios" class, and 4+ go in the "ensembles" class.
Next, we look at the types of instrument performed on, and subdivide these further into brass, woodwind, wind (brass/woodwind), drums, mallets, bugles, and guard.
Finally, we look at the ages of the competitors to determine the final subcategory - most classes are split into 4 (10 & under, 14 & under, 18 & under, over 18) with the exception of ensembles, which is split into 2 (14 & under, all ages).
So, as an example, a 14 year old trumpet player will be entered into individuals - brass - 14 & under.
Our panel of judges then reviews all the entries for each class before scoring and placing them.