it could be done with Thursday performances being filled with those closer to San Antonio area and Friday for those that are further out. Much smaller they would miss Thursday but regain Friday in class. so no major impact on attendance. the bigger issue would be the what to call it - it would not be the same as St Louis and Indy SR - and if there was an extra day impact, it would likely eliminate the ability for a program to do both SA and GNats - UIL is excused absence - BOA is not.
the most likely way we get semis would be in the creation of a GNats North and South. before everyone jumps on me for suggesting it - hear me out
- let UIL do what they want to do and run their course of area and then state for a bands every year -
- do away with the San Antonio SR - if UIL does what it has proposed and programs have to pick between Area championships and BOA SA - we wont need a Semi finals because there will be a dramatic decline in participants. there are a good deal of programs in and around SA that attend BOA SA just because it is here and close by and they do not go to any of the other 6 Texas BOA Events.
- Most bands plan their show for UIL state years differently than they do for non-state years - If UIL is every year, we will lose years like we just saw - the shows are always better on a non-state year (my opinion)
- Have a Gnats South in SA and a Grand Nats North in Indy the same week end in mid November to end the season.
Think about it - the proposed UIL changes where voted on by the directors across the state. because they have a common goal - the programs that don't really do BOA vote yes to get the chance at an area title every year, it costs nothing to perform there and it is excused from school attendance. those that are avid supporters of BOA and attend multiple events in the season and make a trip to Indy every few years also get what they want - the chance that this will force MFA to address the fact that BOA SA is not like other Super Regionals - the deepest field in the country - more than 100 programs that want to attend.
MFA does not want to give up LOS - great venue with a long term deal. but what would they be losing - last year there was 1 Texas band that ventured to Indy - this year there are 6 - so they lose the Texas bands - half a dozen at most - if they make BOA SA the same format as indy and open it up to 105 bands in each location - they make more money, involve more bands, and you continue to grow the sport in Texas - the bulk of the bands at Indy will remain in Indy - half of the bands (44 from what I see this year) are from Indy and Ohio (Ohio has more bands than and other state) - Making SA the same format and weight as Indy would likely draw more programs to Texas that would never go to Indy due to cost constraints.
just my thoughts - OK - let the flogging begin
This is probably one of the best, well thought out, logical, everyone wins post I have ever read on this site. Well done!! I just hope MFA does something like this!!