UIL (University Interscholastic League) is a statewide competition. It is a system created by the University of Texas to provide fine arts, academic and athletic competitions for schools throughout the state. The bands' performances are given ratings 1 (superior), 2 (excellent) 3 (good) 4 (fair) or 5 (poor). Bands that receive a rating of 1 at the Regional level of the competition will move on to the Area level of competition, when it is a state marching band year. The top 5 to 6 bands from the Area level competition qualify for the State level of the competition. The ratings are NOT based on comparisons among the bands themselves but against a standard of excellence that has been established through the many years of this competition. The system is set up so that bands have the opportunity to compete at the state level every other year. Based on student enrollment, James Bowie Band is currently classified by the UIL as a 5A school.