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Posted by jarrettlipman on 26 October 2016 - 03:33 PM
Yes -- Claudia Taylor Johnson is only planning to participate in prelims for area. We have been talking to Dr. Kent over the last few weeks about the best way to proceed without potentially affecting other schools and it seems that was the best compromise.
We began planning our nationals trip during the fall of 2014 knowing it would be a state year but not fully prepared for the decision to split state into two days, which we think is awesome ... but makes for an even longer week for our band members and the potential for up to four days of missed classss for them. We also want our truck and equipment to have ample time to travel / drive and with the potential for weather that time of year we really want our vehicles to leave Tuesday night and not mid day weds.
We love us some band ... but want our band members fully rested and charged for Indy. We don't go very often and want the trip to be very special and have them fresh for it.
We will be staying to watch area finals and cheer on the other groups and for future will not plan to do nationals on a state year again. We are appreciative of Dr. Kent's understanding and support and are excited for the weeks ahead! #teamTexas will be strong at nationals
Posted by AvonDad on 07 November 2017 - 04:28 PM
Posted by OneOfMany on 06 November 2017 - 07:58 AM
I know that there are a few people from Avon who have been following this thread. I just want to reach out to you and vicariously to the Avon Black and Gold and say what an honor it is that you came and joined us this weekend. Looking at your past BOA results I realized that it has been many years since you have missed out on a medal at any event, and I hope that this doesn't discourage you. Your show is fantastic and I am certain will be right at the top at grand nationals. I hope you enjoyed your time in Texas. I would also like to say thank you for what you have done to improve the nature of marching band in our state. Simply by coming this year, you fostered an environment of competitiveness that has pushed our "bubble bands" to improve in vast measures to keep up. In addition, you have given some of our good bands that aren't quite ready to make the trip or that don't have the funding to go to grand nationals the chance to see a truly phenomenal visual program which is rare to witness here. I hope that the band and all associated parties have safe travels home and I can't wait to see what you accomplish next week!
As an Avon mom, I followed this thread from the beginning. Until this weekend, I did not want to register here, because I felt this was a Texas site/forum. Who am I to share a view in something that is clearly not my space? This post, however, was the tipping point. Thank you so very much for your encouraging words to our Avon Marching Black and Gold family. You are correct: our kids are used to getting medals at BOA events; however, this experience is worth its weight in gold. Please accept our (more than 300 and counting, as I shared your post on Avon Town Chatter pages) heartfelt thanks to you and to all of the Texas staff, parents, students, announcers, etc. for such a warm welcome. It was both humbling and inspiring.
If you'll allow me, I want to share a few other thoughts from the weekend:
- Flower Mound opened their home to our kids. The kids broke bread, played games, laughed, and just enjoyed each other's company. Our daughter is one of many in a group chat with kids from FloMo. These kids became friends. Avon kids and FloMo kids will hang out and compete again next weekend. How cool is that?
- Parents from various Texas bands made us feel at home and shared unsolicited encouragement when they saw our Avon shirts.
- More than a hundred Avon parents made the trip to support our kids. Many more wanted to go, but traveling is cost prohibitive. Instead, they sacrificed their own experience for their kids. Again, humbling and inspiring..
- Now, let's talk about the San Antonio Super Regional. Not going to lie, I have never missed one of Avon's BOA events since our daughter's freshman year; however, this was beyond special. I finally understand that everything IS bigger and better in Texas. This was by far the BEST marching band competition EVER. I am truly looking forward to next weekend's Grand Nationals. Spectators are not going to be disappointed. This will be a showdown to beat all showdowns: Texas, Broken Arrow, Carmel, and many other fierce competitors from across this great nation.
- Avon Marching Black and Gold parents (for decades) provide a standing ovation for all marching bands after every performance - prelim or finals. It was so nice to see many Texas parents do the same. Talk about synergy... yes, yes, and yes... all of our kids work so hard.
More than two decades ago, Stephen Covey shared the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. One of his principles - sharpen the saw - came to mind all weekend. San Antonio Super Regional brought out the best in students across Texas and your Avon Indiana friends, too. They know and observed first hand - when everyone pushes the limit, leaving their heart and soul on the field, the competition strengthens, and everyone benefits.
Thanks again, Texas. Our family (again, one of many) will never forget this experience. We are #teamtexas fans for life. Best to all of you as you continue your pursuit of excellence whether in Texas UIL, Grand Nats, or in your preparation for 2018. Mad respect!
Posted by bandobando on 20 October 2016 - 04:52 AM
Flower Mound's rehearsal schedule has been nearly identical the past >4 years. If they were "cheating" the UIL standards, it would've been uncovered by now. Nothing is different this year other than the fact that everything aligned for an incredible show perfected by a hardworking staff and performed by extremely dedicated students.
Other bands are doing wonderfully. But there is no denying the fact that Flower Mound just has an amazing show completely suited for them. And frankly, this isn't that much of a surprise; FM has been building its reputation and performance ability throughout its last 5 or so seasons. You can see their development in the competition results, especially since 2014 when they went to Grand Nats.
Flower Mound puts in the same amount of time as Hebron, Marcus, etc. There is literally no question. They're just an awesome band surrounded by other awesome bands. Don't discredit their success, especially on the basis of very little evidence!
Posted by GR parent on 04 November 2013 - 12:53 AM
This Blue Springs parent had a GREAT time at San Antonio! What they say about the Texas bands, is all true. There were sooooo many awesome bands there this weekend! And the fans were GREAT too! So many GREAT kids and GREAT fans! Thank you!
Posted by Jackson1 on 30 October 2013 - 08:48 PM
Not to get Doctor Phil"ish" but here is my advice for all bands:
1. DON"T WORRY ABOUT OTHER BANDS! - They are doing exactly what you are doing. Cleaning and polishing their show to put on the best product they can. You cannot control that so focus on your show and your role.
2. APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT! - Win or lose, think about the support you have had in order to get here. Band directors and staff, parents, student leadership, etc. Your have an army behind you.
3. ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE - Bond with friends. Enjoy the trip. Remember everyone there has a love of music and marching. Break out of your comfort zone and meet other people from other areas. You don't get the chance to meet so many other people from so many other places with the same passion. Reach out!!!!
4. JUST PLAY!!!!!! - That rush of adrenaline you get right before walking on the field - Use it, harness it, own it!!!! Play your heart out!!! Leave the field thinking "I didn't leave anything out on that field and neither did the rest of my team".
5. BE RESPECTFUL - EVERY BAND IS AMAZING!!!!!
Good luck to all!!!
Posted by Danpod on 29 October 2013 - 11:10 PM
I'm Daniel Valdez. I'm one of the Moderators here on Txbands.com. You'll also see me throw it down on the TxBands Live Blog with Daniel Sanchez (Xenon) at the Super Regional this weekend!
I'd first like to say howdy to all of our newest members on the site! We always have a nice jump in membership when Fall season starts. We always appreciate people paying attention to the site, whether it is through our Forums board or our Live Blog. We are completely indebted to our loyal members. Your support and love really does make Marching Band Season that much more enjoyable!
Texas State Marching Contest is, by far, the most intense State Marching Band contest in the United States. It's a big deal. Hell, we're a big freakin' State! Bands from all across Texas have The Alamodome set in their sights all year long. That's the ultimate goal for the majority of bands across the State. If we make State, we're golden. The parking lot at State Contest is littered with cars that have State Or Bust written in shoe polish on the back windshield. It's serious business here. I totally get it.
Unfortunately, the spirit of sportsmanship and competition gets lost in translation on the Internet. People say things that are really stupid. People try to bring other programs down that they think don't "deserve" the placement they received. People criticize specific programs to the point that the entire comment simply looks like garbage. I've noticed this happening on this Forum for a bit this year. I'm not really a fan of the lame comments. Nobody really is. I'm not sure why you would even hint that you are from a certain program while typing out hateful stuff on here. Just remember that if your directors find out, we're not to blame.
If you've read this far, thanks a ton! All I can do is ask you folks who wish to be jerks on here to think really hard before you post something. In the end, it's just a contest. Celebrate those who have succeeded so far this season. Do not attempt to bring them down because honestly, you won't be able to tear them down from the cloud that they have built themselves with hard work and dedication.
Congratulations to all those who made the State Marching Contest! I'll see you good folks this weekend at The Alamodome!
Posted by bandie on 26 October 2013 - 08:00 PM
On the flip side? Kudos to whoever brought a busload of Hutto football players, in jerseys, to the Area D Prelims today to cheer on their band! The parents in the stands were amazed and impressed!
Posted by AvonDad1971 on 05 November 2017 - 11:28 AM
Posted by Danpod on 02 October 2017 - 02:32 PM
This contest will be super killer! I'll be very intrigued to see how these Houston bands have done since dealing with unfathomable amounts of rain last month.
Posted by justabandkid94 on 02 November 2016 - 05:16 AM
Good sportsmanship should always be practiced, even if you're a parent. I'm not a fan of some of this discussion on here.Thinking back to my high school days, one of the most defeating feelings was reading a negative comment on my show from some anonymous internet person.
Let's think about this:
1) EVERY single kid works their heart off on and off the field.
2) if you identify on this forum with a band program and make a trivial comment, that reflects on the program. Whether you want it to or not.
From now own, use this thread to constructively talk about all the bands. I say this every year, but TRULY anything can happen come state. Fate will play out how it's meant to be, and we will all agree that this was an incredible season.
Think before you post.
Posted by Nny14 on 31 October 2016 - 06:17 PM
Posted by LKendrick on 31 October 2016 - 03:43 PM
There was a LOT of movement between Prelims and finals. Very....odd. How Wylie jumped 3 spots and North Mesquite dropped 3 is questionable at best. After prelims 1 point separated Boyd (6) and North Mesquite (5), after finals 4 points separated Boyd (6) and Wylie (5) I am sorry Wylie did NOT play THAT much better and North Mesquite THAT much worse. Not to mention Boyd's final was also much better than the prelims and they did not move at all. But, unfortunately, it is what it is and nothing can be done about it. Closed door judging is always ify at best in my opinion.
I personally am tired of having, in the case of this year, 21 bands fight for 2 spots since it's a forgone conclusion that Flower Mound, Marcus and Hebron will always go. Sad to see BOA/DCI style of marches bleeding into UIL competitions. It used to be about the music and the march now it's about flash and solo performances. Hate seeing bands who march and play music WHILE marching constantly getting beat by bands who march while a soloist plays and then only play half the music the other bands play. UIL has all these rules regarding music, how long, how much solo limits....etc during concert season but not during marching...why? But, again, it is what it is and we all have to live with it I guess.
Have you watched Hebron, Flower Mound, or Marcus objectively?
Particularly Hebron. I watched them last night and was absolutely floored at the musical demands they have while on the move, particularly in the closer. Was like this in their opener last year too. No one is doing what they are doing while marching, or a very select few. I mean the woodwinds are playing insane runs on the move and the brass is double and triple toungjng on the move. There is no lack of demand.
Also on the 3 you mentioned, 90% of their props are either backdrop/stage setting or not involved enough with the drill that you could strip them away and the show would still work very well.
But those two things aside they also march and play like very few can. You can hate the props, hate the style and hate the flashy stuff. But when you strip all that stuff away they are still performing like the best of the best. That is not BOA bleeding into UIL judging. It's just playing and marching the best. Give them a "UIL" style show and they'd probably still win.
I get the frustration. When I was in HS it was ALWAYS Azle, Boswell, and some El Paso bands that advanced. No one competed with them. But the fact of the matter is they were way better and deserved to advance because state is the best of the best.
No matter how you draw those Area lines there are always gonna be those bands that destroy everyone and someone is gonna get screwed. It's just how it works.
And in terms of prelims vs finals judging, of course bands are not gonna stay. When you only have 10 to manage rather than 25+ the results tighten and there are no wacky lower than 10th judges that can tank someone. Prelims to finals shifts are nothing new.
Posted by Chupacabra1222 on 30 October 2016 - 04:39 PM
I applaud all the Area H schools and finalists, it was an honor to share the field with so many great bands. I wish the very best to Vandegrift, Leander, Westlake and Vista Ridge who will represent the Area to the fullest degree. I'm saddened that O'Connor did not advance for the first time in a long time, but I also think that as stated above the NISD schools and ourselves are stronger and will continue to be in the future. Best wishes to all bands at State and BOA.
O'Connor HS Band
Posted by Xenon on 28 October 2013 - 06:39 PM
I am locking this thread for the next day at least to allow things to settle down. The level of antagonism against specific bands is getting out of hand and is generally without any valid basis.
Posted by LostChoirGuy on 05 November 2017 - 07:06 AM
Posted by JeremiahW on 11 October 2017 - 01:44 AM
Oh my goodness. Remind me again why people care so much about these rankings. It’s because it has its own website, isn’t it? It does make it seem more official, I suppose. Reminds me of that Mark Twain quote: “Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.”
I also have t-shirts now! Put a logo on a shirt and walk around at band competitions and it makes it super official!
Posted by LKendrick on 16 October 2016 - 11:15 PM
What impressed me so much about Flower Mound last week was pretty much all performance related. The show is awesome, absolutely, but they've had pretty fantastic shows for a few years now, what is changing is they are now able to really perform those shows at the highest of levels. I think even taking away GE they will still be able to hang because they march and play that effective show SO well. It will be a ton closer in the UIL arena for sure.
Marcus has a show tailored to them PERFECTLY and they will sound sublime in a few weeks. Hebron has another technical marvel that will sound amazing too. I fully expect those two to be the ones to beat, as well as Flower Mound. I think some people are mistaking lack of discussion on the other two for people not thinking they have a chance. Which is not the case.
I don't think anyone is saying that Flower Mound is going to walk into state, get a 5 ordinal score, and no one will touch them. But, it wasn't their show design and GE doing all the work last week, the proficiency of how they delivered that was what made it special.
Posted by Jackson1 on 28 October 2013 - 03:51 PM
Here is what amazes me:
These kids get together in early August. They take in 20% freshman who have never marched and played before and take them under their wing. They learn the music. They learn the drills. They put together a show with the guard. In 3 months they all put on a show with a level of talent that we saw on Saturday.
On top of that they have academics, family obligations, church, a social life, etc. The amount of time and effort, not only of these kids, but of the band directors and staff, student leadership, we band parents and the people who put on these competitions is unreal.
I can only speak for my kid but he wouldn't give it up for the world. The discipline, camaraderie, friendships, and experiences these band programs provide is unbelievable. These kids will remember this for the rest of their lives and 90% of them will never play an instrument again after they graduate.
My hat is off to every band, every time they walk on the field and perform. I have only been involved with this for two years but I am amazed with every band I have ever seen in that time.
And on the topic of band parents. I have not had a bad experience yet. In this area we are all so supportive of each other. I, literally, bumped into a Marcus parent at Duncanville. We looked at each others shirts, and at the same time said "I love your show this year!!". We laughed, shook hands and wished each other luck in SA. Everyone I meet at these things is so positive it makes me feel privileged to be a part of it.
Good luck to all in San Antonio!!!!!!
End of rant.........
Posted by Danpod on 31 October 2017 - 03:07 PM
I've adopted a free-range chicken named Mr. Drumsticks. The chicken will probably have better luck picking San Antonio Finals than I will.