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  1. 12 points
    LeanderMomma

    2020 Marching Season

    There’s no point in judging either side, regardless of your views on this whole Covid situation. The best thing directors can do is make decisions based on the information they are given, real data, and on the wishes of their band families. No matter how badly we want a season or how strongly we may feel that there shouldn’t be any sort of band at all, its impossible to please everyone and it’s impossible to really know how this fall is going to go. I lean towards having a season within healthy guidelines and not letting ourselves fall prey to media hysteria, but I couldn’t be more supportive of what the Leander ISD directors have decided is best for their programs. I admire them for their solidarity and respect how difficult this decision was for them to make. Just as I respect programs that are moving forward with a less strict approach. We’re all in this together, we all need to have grace for one another, and we WILL see this land healed of this virus one day soon. Let’s support each other and let’s support these amazing kids.
  2. 10 points
    Bandmomx4

    2020 Marching Season

    As a parent of students in a band that has not stated a non competitive season yet... I feel I need to speak up. I don't feel that our directors or principal or district is being irresponsible at all in saying that we are waiting to make that choice. We have had great communication from our band director that this year has gone from Plan A, to Plan B, to Plan C, and Plan D. and they have been working on Plan E, Plan F, Plan G and so forth for this school year. Their goal is do still do something to help the students develop their skills, and keep their interest in band. They have done zoom meetings and spent countless hours talking to our kids. Everything they do with any of the kids in any form or fashion of gathering groups together is well thought out, and planned to go over and above the health and safety limits that have been given. No they haven't ruled out participating in UIL, but they acknowledge it will not be a normal year of competing if they are able to have a UIL region. They are leaving "doors" and options open and focusing on just trying to have a band experience for all of those students that feel comfortable participating. They have looked at if there is no football season at all and different things that they can do to still challenge the kids with the limitations given. ALL the students have been given options if they don't want to participate in person- of how they can still interact and participate in experiences virtually. As a parent I have one child that feels comfortable going to in person practices, and one child that doesn't... and that's perfectly ok... Please don't paint those bands that haven't stated a completely shut down season as being irresponsible or trying to take advantage of other big bands not competing. They are just taking each day/week/month at a time. Plenty of bands that have stated they won't compete- have still stated that they would be doing a football show... I think most bands are pretty much doing the same general stuff- whether the decision is to leave the door open for competition or make the non competitive season decision. The kids are generally doing the same thing... lots of online, and some small group in person - but being very careful with distances and cleaning....
  3. 7 points
    Hello everyone! Over the past few days, I've been working on this project to help take my mind off everything happening in the band world right now. I'd never found any kind of information about the history of UIL marching band, and so I decided to do some research and write about it using the plenty of free time I've been given this summer. The result is what's written here, which I also expanded to include Texas involvement in BOA. I figured the best place to share it would be here, where my fellow band geeks might appreciate it. I'm sure it's not perfect, and it's very possible that I missed something or said something wrong, so I'm certainly open to corrections or additions since I've only followed the activity for the past few years. Anyways, without further ado, I present: A brief-ish, probably incomplete, mostly accurate history of high school marching band in Texas! Early History On September 1st, 1946, music activities in Texas public schools, including band, orchestra, and choir, were incorporated into the University Interscholastic League. The UIL established “Competition-Festivals,” which were held by each of the nine music regions that had been established by the TMEA. For band, contests were created for Concert and Sightreading, Solo and Ensemble, and Marching. It’s not clear whether these were all held on the same day as one event, or over the course of the year like they are today, but it seems that most events were held in the spring, including marching. Yes, in the earliest days of Texas high school marching band, most competitions were held in the spring. However, the dates of these contests were ultimately up to the regions, meaning that the first UIL marching contest was the Region IX contest, held in Harlingen, Texas on December 14th, 1946. These region contests looked surprisingly similar to those held today: schools were not ranked against each other; they were given a rating of I, II, III, IV, or V. There was no advancement to another round of contests, all competition started and ended at the regional level. Although many things remain unchanged, there are some differences between region contests then and now. Nowadays, first divisions are very common, with IVs and Vs being essentially unheard of at a contest, but when these contests first began, the full range of ratings was seen on the results. Over the years regions eventually moved their marching contest to the fall semester to align with football season, but even then the contests were held closer to the end of the semester, usually in December. There was always some conversation about establishing a state contest for music events, but no state level event would be established for a while. 1970’s 1976: The first Marching Bands of America Grand National Championship was held in June at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, but no Texas bands attended. 1979: The first state marching band contest was held at the University of Texas at Austin at Texas Memorial Stadium on December 3rd & 4th, 1979. Any band earning a first division at their region contest qualified for state, but, like all UIL events, participation was voluntary. A total of 47 bands attended. There were five UIL classifications at the time (AAAA, AAA, AA, A, and B ) and each took five bands to finals (Classes A and B only had five and four bands, respectively, so all bands advanced to finals). Like the modern SMBC, each conference named a champion and the conferences did not compete against each other. The first state marching champions were Round Rock (AAAA), Fredericksburg (AAA), Medina Valley (AA), Southlake Carroll (A), and Booker (B). Fun fact: Two of these schools, Round Rock and Carroll, share not just the same mascot (Dragons), but also the same fight song (On, Wisconsin!). One aspect of the contest that has changed dramatically since the beginning is scoring. The original scoring system was as follows: “Each judge will evaluate the bands on a point system of 100 points; the highest score and the lowest score will be discarded and the rating awarded will be an average of the five middle scores.” It’s worth noting that this wasn’t technically a UIL event. It was endorsed by the UIL and was recognized as the state championship, but it was operated by the UT Longhorn Band. The contest remained this way until 1984 when it became an official UIL event. 1980’s 1980: The second state championship was also held in Austin at UT, but this year the competition was moved up to the last week of November. There was a large increase in participation due to the immense success of the previous year’s event. Otherwise, the contest operated the same as the previous year. Unfortunately, inclement weather forced the cancellation of finals performances in conferences AAAA, AAA and A. This has only happened twice in the history of the SMBC. Also, this year UIL renamed their five conferences A through AAAAA, compared to B, and then A through AAAA. As such, there was only one ever conference B state marching championship. Also in 1980, the first Marching Bands of America regional in Texas was held on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce. The champion, however, wasn’t even from Texas: Union HS from Tulsa, Oklahoma took first place. There has been at least one MBA/BOA regional held in Texas every year since. 1982: A Texas band won an MBA regional for the first time: Lake Highlands won the Houston regional on October 30th. For the first several years there were events in Texas, it was surprisingly uncommon for a Texas band to win. In addition to Union’s win, Comeaux HS (LA) won in 1981, and Pearl HS (MS) won in 1983 and 1986, all at the Houston regional. 1983: The Governor’s Cup was first awarded at the 1983 state marching contest to Georgetown HS. The Governor’s Cup was an outstanding band award given to the best band out of the entire contest. This makes it similar to the Grand National Champion title in that it could be received by a band in any classification. However, there was no overall state final round where the conferences competed directly, and bands were never ranked against bands outside their conference. Since bands were still awarded a numerical score on a 100-point scale, it’s possible that the band with the highest score regardless of class would be given the Governor’s Cup. It’s more likely, however, that it was simply the judges’ choice for outstanding performance because in some years the winner of the Governor’s cup was not the state champion of any conference. The Governor’s Cup was only awarded six times, from 1983 to 1988. 1984: With the full integration of the State Marching Band Championships into the UIL program, the UIL reworked the organization of music contests in Texas. The 22 music regions were renamed music districts, and the districts were all grouped into five larger music regions. This created a three-tiered marching contest system, allowing bands to advance from district, to region, and finally to state. This is effectively the same as today’s Region-Area-State system, though it can be confusing since the name “region” is used differently. The music districts must have been renamed back to regions at some point, and it is likely that the regions from 1984 became the areas that are seen today. Regardless, this three level system was created mainly to reduce the size of the SMBC, which had grown to 118 bands in 1983. 1985: Westfield HS made history as both the first Texas band to make Grand National finals and the first to win a national class championship. In prelims, they won the Open Class national championship, and in finals they earned second place with a score of 88.40, and also won the percussion caption. This was only the beginning of Westfield’s time as a powerhouse both in UIL and BOA (which had become Bands of America the previous year in 1984). 1990’s 1991: State and area marching contests were held every other year starting in 1991. The rationale that travel and transportation is expensive is familiar to most Texas band fans, but several other reasons were cited including an increase in the number of bands allowed to participate at both State and Area contests. Prior to 1991, regions could only certify two bands to the area contest, which reportedly reduced the significance of a Division I rating. Area contests expanded from eight bands to around 30, and state contests grew from 14 to about 40. State finals would also no longer be limited to 5 bands. 1993: Spring HS won Grand Nationals, becoming the first Texas band to do so. Winning with a score of 96.55, Spring won the Music Performance and General Effect captions. They had also been named the class AAA champions earlier during prelims. 1994: The Alamodome first hosted a marching contest in 1994. The BOA San Antonio Regional was the first competition held in the brand new stadium, which had just opened earlier that year. Given the dates that other domed stadiums in Texas were built, it’s likely that this was the first indoor marching contest in Texas, unless the Astrodome had held one for some reason. With the exception of 1996 and 1997, BOA has hosted an event in San Antonio every year since 1994, each time in the Alamodome. 1998: In 1994, the Duncanville Marching Invitational introduced a new judging system, which had five judges - three for music and two for marching - each rank bands, and each bands rankings would be combined and used to determine their placement. No score would be given. In 1998, the UIL began using this system for Area and State contests. This sometimes controversial judging system would remain in place at the state contest until 2020. 2000’s 2002: The state championship this year was held on the campus of Baylor University in Waco, and marked the second of the two times that any portion of the SMBC was cancelled. Powerful storms forced the cancellation of AAAAA state finals, so final placements were based on prelims, but there's someone else on these forums who can tell that story better than I can (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DckalhBnfaM). 2003: The Alamodome saw plenty of marching action in 2003. After the events of the 2002 competition, UIL moved the state championship to the Alamodome so that weather wouldn’t be a concern, and the contest has remained there ever since. That same year, BOA promoted the San Antonio Regional to a Super Regional, creating the first multi-day BOA event other than Grand Nationals. This was the first instance of the San Antonio Super Regional as it’s known today; Westfield took the GE caption and won by nearly a point over LD Bell, who had actually won both Music and Visual. This Super Regional has become known nationwide as one of the best marching band competitions in the country, and the level of competition is second only to Grand Nationals. Since it’s promotion to a Super Regional, only three bands from outside the state of Texas have ever made finals in San Antonio: Owasso (2004, 2015), Blue Springs (2013), and Avon (2017). After winning San Antonio, Westfield made the trip to Grand Nationals and became the second Texas band to win a national championship. They beat second place Ronald Reagan by a narrow margin of 0.05, and won the Music and GE captions. In semifinals, class AAA was swept by Texas, with Westfield being named class champion and winning Music, Ronald Reagan earning second in class and General Effect, and LD Bell coming in third and winning Visual. While it’s fairly common for captions to be swept by even a single band, it’s very rare for a single state to claim the top three spots in a classification at Grand Nationals. This only happened once before, when three New York schools swept class AAA in 1987. While three Michigan schools did sweep placements in AA in 1999, the visual caption went to Avon. 2004: LD Bell won the St. Louis Super Regional in 2004. This is the only time a Texas band has ever won an out of state BOA Super Regional. 2007: LD Bell became the third Texas band to win a Grand National Championship. They won the Music and GE captions in both finals and semifinals, where they had been named class AAA champions. 2010’s 2013: The Woodlands earned Texas’s fourth Grand National title along with Music and GE. In semifinals, they had also won class AAAA and the GE caption. This year, there were five Texas bands in finals, which was a record up until 2019. Also at Grand Nationals in 2013, Texas passed Indiana to become the state with the highest number of different schools to have ever made Grand National finals. Cedar Ridge and Round Rock were the two first time Finalists that put Texas at 17 different Finalists over Indiana’s 16 at the time. Since then, Texas has made it a total of 22 Finalists, still ahead of Indiana’s 18. Another interesting fact about the Woodlands’ win is that they are the only Texan Grand National Champion to have never won a state championship. 2015: Hebron broke the record for the highest ever BOA score during Grand National Semifinals with a 97.85. Every judge had them in first except for Visual Individual, had them in 10th. This resulted in them winning Music and GE being named class AAAA champion. Unfortunately, they only placed 3rd in Finals, but still managed to win Music. Their drop to third is largely attributed to the fact that they performed first in Finals, which was a result of the completely random draw that was in place at the time. Many hold the belief that had Hebron performed later, they would have won. This is believed to be what caused BOA to implement what is referred to as the Hebron rule, which states that for all BOA events the top half of bands that advance to finals will be given the later half of performance slots, and the bottom half will perform earlier. Previously, this system had only been in place at Regionals, and not at Super Regionals or Grand Nationals. While Hebron may be the most well known example of this situation, this has occurred multiple times at Grand Nationals. For example, in 2005, Ronald Reagan was first in Semifinals, but fell to second after performing first in Finals. 2019: While it’s commonly said that band gets better every year, 2019 truly was an incredible and historic year for Texas marching bands. In St. Louis, six out of seven Texas bands that attended made Super Regional Finals, which is the record for the most Texas bands at any out of state event other than Grand Nationals. In San Antonio, Ronald Reagan won the Super Regional with the record-breaking score of 97.30, which is the highest score ever earned at any BOA event other than Grand Nationals. At Grand Nationals, all six Texas bands that attended made finals, meaning that a record half of the Grand National Finalists were from Texas. After sweeping class AAAA in Semifinals, Vandegrift became the fifth Texas band to win Grand Nationals. Vandegrift set multiple records, becoming both the youngest school to ever win the title and the first band to win on their first trip (with the exception of the earliest few years of BOA). The Woodlands also set a record: 2019 marked their 10th Grand National finals appearance, which is now the record for the most Finals appearances by a Texas band (they were previously tied with LD Bell at 9). 2020 2020 is already proving to be a historic year for marching band, both in Texas and nationwide. There are several changes to the UIL marching contests that are supposed to be implemented this year. First, the creation of a pilot program for a military style state marching contest means that military style bands will now have a separate track from other (“open class”) bands. This is related to the second major change, which is a change in judging at the SMBC. Conferences 5A and 6A will now use a seven judge system at the open class state contest, and each judge will have a specific subcaption to judge. The new subcaptions are: Music ensemble, woodwind, brass, percussion, visual individual, visual ensemble, and content and design. For the 1A through 4A state contests and at all area contests, the five judge system will remain in place with some small changes. The last major change is that area contests will now be held every year. This has created some controversy as the later date for the non-state year area contest conflicts with BOA San Antonio. While there may not be a conflict every year or for every band, it’s an issue that several groups have raised. Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the pandemic. Many bands have already cancelled their competitive seasons, and in other states events have been cancelled altogether. As of this writing, neither UIL nor BOA has officially cancelled any events for the 2020 marching season, but most view it as inevitable. It’s unfortunately very possible that 2020 is the first year with no marching band in Texas since the World War era, but even if the show does go on, it will look very different. Regardless of what happens, this year will certainly make its mark on history. Sources For the UIL information (especially early on) I mostly used the UIL Leaguer archives. It doesn’t seem to be accessible through the UIL website, but you can find pretty much any edition by searching “UIL Leaguer [month and year]” on Google. For BOA information, I referenced the History section of the HornRank forums--much credit is due to user boahistorybuff--for early scores and history and later just the archived recaps on the BOA website.
  4. 6 points
    LHSax

    2020 Marching Season

    Not a fortune teller, but a realist, since PA, like me, doesn't have skin in the game that encourages false optimism. What many bands appear to be doing, planning for fun non-competitive shows, giving students a taste of marching band and it's primary long term benefits, while still remaining flexible for the cloudy future, is very much the correct move. If things somehow go great the next few months, and bands want to put those fun shows out there for UIL region, go for it. But to jump back into competitive mode because UIL continues to ignore what every other state's marching organizations have realized, is overly wishful thinking.
  5. 5 points
    packwick

    band, all you cool cats and kittens?

    hey all you cool cats and kittens, it's Carole, here at Big Cat Rescue. jk. don't check my septic pipe. so, last time i was on here was probably a couple years ago. my username was oldtwhsband, something like that. well, i forgot my old account info, so i'm back as packwick! formerly known as Mog on the BOA forums, waaay waaaay back in the day, when i was upsetting Brett Johnson by posting dumb stuff, like dumb teenagers do. "why isn't anyone here talking about my band?! UGH! why can't we design an effective show?! UGH!" in my defense, i was tooootally always right about everything 🙃. a couple years ago i offered a few people access to my marching band video collection. long story short, my dear old mom collected just about every marching band DVD and VHS tape known to man, even the ones for contests The Woodlands didn't attend. she says it's because it runs in her blood, because her father was a big drum corps guy; but i'm gonna say it's because she's a crazy hoarder. (love her to death, don't get me wrong. we do our annual MotherBoyXXX BOA Houston event, for those who have watched Arrested Development -- think Buster and Lucille). aaanyway, the last time i shared my videos, i only had the top handful of groups from the early 2000s to present day + a larger woodlands folder. long story short, i felt really bad that i had all these other shows that people might have performed in and might be nostalgic about (and which could serve as a great historical and educational resource) that i wasn't sharing, so i went back through and ripped every single late season DVD i had. so, like, the late season Texas regional finals plus gn finals. i also now have every 1990s-2000s performance that is available online (again, late season TX and nats), plus some from the DVDs/VHS tapes i had available. also, i've filled out the most recent years with pretty much the best videos available online (+ some i obtained on my own). compiling all this took FOREVER to do. FOR. EV. ER. FOR. EV. ER. several weeks worth of work. in fact, i'm up way past my bedtime right now. but, it's all safe and backed up, so i can rest easy. also, i, like, know every band show now, and wrote down a stupid amount of mostly ridiculous new band show ideas out of sheer boredom as everything was processing. all stream-of-consciousness style, which i'll eventually pawn off on a surely annoyed Joni V. the coronavirus lockdown has not been kind to my psyche! THESE VIDEOS WILL NOT BE UP FOR THAT MUCH LONGER! some glitches: Northrop 93, Westerville South 96, and Duncanville 05 won't preview for some reason, but they can still be downloaded. i think one of the Union shows in the 2010s wouldn't process either. i've tried everything. i give up. absolutely none of the videos included can be bought anymore, so nobody is losing money on them, except for the people hawking used videos and DVDs on ebay. as such, there are lots of videos in this collection that you will not find anywhere else. if you are interested, please send me a private message. i will not be posting my link for any old creep who stumbles onto this website to see. only devoted band nerd creeps, please! tl;dr IF YOU WANT BAND STUFF MESSAGE ME! but not right this instant. i need to go to bed. love, Patrick
  6. 5 points
    LHSbandDad

    2020 Marching Season

    And.....Leander will remain Class 3A National Champions for another year!!! :- )
  7. 5 points
    LHSax

    2020 Marching Season

    My guess is that we won't see a single marching band score this year. Maybe some division ratings, but that's it. Anyone forcing otherwise is missing the big picture. The marching band experience isn't about scores and contests (or at least it really shouldn't be). This isn't an activity based on competition like sports are. It's an art, and the fact that fun non-competitive shows are even a possibility at this point should be considered a win, since it allows all the key experiences and the expression of an art form that we clamor for when we say "students need extracurriculars," while allowing for flexibility when a group of students has to inevitably sit out due to a Covid case. I've always been one of the first to come to UIL's defense when there's the inevitable complaining each year after scoring discrepancies, because i understand there's issues with any scoring system when judging something as subjective as marching band, and I understand the value of UIL for small schools who can't compete in BOA contests. But UIL's losing me a bit here by continuing to refuse to acknowledge that the marching arts don't need competitions in order to thrive in challenging times. I think they will come around. But their delay, as has been mentioned, isn't in the best interest of marching bands, it's for sports. We're better than that, and I hope UIL acknowledges that, like every other marching organization has. And this is coming from someone who LOVES the competition season as a fan...
  8. 3 points
    BanderThanYou

    2020 Marching Season

    Off topic but here's a small silver lining for this yearl: Vandegrift will be able to keep Kevin(the grand national eagle) for another year! So Kevin will still remain in the great state of Texas again. Cheers to that
  9. 3 points
    LHSbandDad

    2020 Marching Season

    4A National Champion - Vandegrift 3A National Champion - Leander
  10. 3 points
    Knf102577

    2020 Marching Season

    Seems a bit harsh....
  11. 3 points
    Hang in there and keep doing what you're doing. Your girl is a special young lady and will come through this beautifully.
  12. 3 points
    Cityscapes

    band, all you cool cats and kittens?

    Check out the LD Bell shows from the mid 2000s!
  13. 3 points
    LHSax

    band, all you cool cats and kittens?

    Agreed! I propose we relive these seasons together as a board in lieu of the slowly canceled 2020 season.
  14. 3 points
    AvonDad

    Coronavirus 2020

    My wife and I have spent 2 evenings this week helping to fit uniforms for some of our group. Our school district was the first to close in Indiana as we had one of the 1st reported cases in an elementary school less than 1/2 mile from our house. It started with just that school, then days later, the entire district down for 2 weeks, followed by the normal 2 week spring break. Then everything thing cancelled and seasons were over. We are one county west of Indy, which has been the hot spot of the state. I think we are top 5-6 out of the counties with almost 1500 cases and 116+ deaths compared to over 12k cases and 700+ deaths over in Indy. Current plans are to proceed as if there is still a season to march. The kids have been "zooming" to keep up and this was the first of any get togethers, all spread out, masked and in the parking lot. It was a bit strange these past few days as we were helping freshman figure out how to put on their bibs and coats. The smell of sanitizer everywhere. Asking what instrument they play, it was only percussion this week, to see if they were going to be wearing a harness or not, then getting the reply "I hope to be playing...." as they are still in tryouts. Normally the line is set in May, but not this year. Very strange. I have already heard that a smaller class competition band has decided to skip competitions this fall, yet still play for football games. Our son should be on his DCI tour right now and I had vacation scheduled to watch a few competitions this summer. Not this year. The sound of drummers playing rudiments never sounded so good the other night. Music was still being played, ok lets be real, they beat things with a stick. The pit warmups echoing off the walls made you realize how much these little things ring as being "normal". Playing scales, playing eighths, playing rounds. Normal. Sooner or later, the fields will be full of nerves, pride, hard work, excitement, exhaustion and realizing the goal from pushing on when it was hard. And if the fields are quiet this year, I'll look forward to the DanPodcast reviewing fast food places this fall. Marching on......
  15. 3 points
    Majellan

    Coronavirus 2020

    I am in one of the families that has stayed quarantined since March because my wife is high risk. I’m fortunate that I have remained well and employed. Fall has always been my favorite season for multiple reasons but marching band contests have been fall mainstays for 35 years(dang I’m getting old😁) for me as a former band member and music major. I am one who errs on the side of proactive prevention of the spread of Covid. That being said, I’m sure I’m in the company of everyone on these forums on the probable implications of Covid 19 on marching this fall. Despite what is decided from the tmea and uil I won’t go to band contests this year in the dfw area where I live for the first fall since I started marching band in 1985 simply because of crowd exposure. I know there’s bigger things to worry about right now, but I’m heartbroken over that for myself but also the implications of all band parents and students. Band was my life for 15 years from 7th grade through college, those experiences still form a core of my life experience. I still find myself trying to get in step while walking with other people and even though I played a trumpet I still have a virtual 24 hour drum line within the confines of my nerdy mind. Another loss of normalcy during this strange time. I hope this doesn’t leave a lasting affect in marching band given funding issues, continuity of practice issues etc.
  16. 3 points
    Finders Keepers!! No Givesies Backsies!!!!
  17. 2 points
    just as an fyi, i'll be leaving the videos up probably a bit longer than expected. i suspect many band nerds will be a bit bored without much of a marching season this year. 😥
  18. 2 points
    Watching these videos made me realize that even though 2014 wasnt the most exciting year competitively (with some exceptions, such as CTJs first big wins, Vista and Westlake coming back strong after missing finals in Austin, among others), the actual shows that were performed that year were spectacular. I think Flowermound should have scored closer to their 15 to 16 shows rather than being in the bottom of SA finals.
  19. 2 points
    LHSax

    2020 Marching Season

    Thought of the morning - Think it would be interesting if bands who have chosen not to compete this year (read: hopefully all bands soon), and are doing smaller, non-competitive shows, would put together a show that served as some sort of prequel show to 2021. Would help seniors feel like they're helping build up to something, even if they can't be a part of the final product. Perhaps some of the music kids have been working on all summer makes its way into the show. Could be an interesting way to keep students engaged and invested in the long game. Show could be mostly story driven, IE long rehearsal hours aren't needed.
  20. 2 points
    Well it fits Well it fits the mood right now🤣
  21. 2 points
    Cityscapes

    band, all you cool cats and kittens?

    Just think about how amazing that first impact we see from our favorite marching band will feel in (hopefully 2021)!!
  22. 2 points
    It is so HARD! My daughter is a senior and the returning (head) drum major. She had so many plans for this year and has been looking forward to ending her high school marching career by showing off the band in Indy for 7 months. It's so hard watching it slowly get taken away and it's so very hard to watch her heart break into a million pieces. Thankfully we are in a district and at a school who supports band and loves band as much as our kids do. So it helps to remind her often that NO ONE in our district or our school wants cancel band completely and they will do EVERYTHING they can to make it happen safely. It will only NOT happen if the control is taken out of their hands. And I tell her it's OK to say this sucks because it completely does! She's been dreaming about her senior band season since 6th grade knowing it would be special. I also remind her she can't live in suck land ... she can kick and scream and cry for 24 hours after each "bad" news, then she has to wash her face, stand up tall and be the leader she was chosen to be. This is hard, and honestly the hardest thing I've ever faced as a parent. ♥️
  23. 2 points
    INbandfan

    2020 Marching Season

    Official update from ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association): https://www.issma.net/downloads/2020julymbpressrelease.pdf Be safe and stay healthy Texas band friends...
  24. 2 points
    Altosaxy

    2020 Marching Season

    I'm currently a senior at James Martin, and last year was our breakout year. The momentum was continuing, and so it's heartbreaking to know that I may not get to march. (So far, we're still doing regional contests, but that could change in a heartbeat)
  25. 2 points
    I've been hesitant to say quite a few things before cause I'm one of the only people on here that represent TWHS but now that I'm graduated I feel I have a bit more freedom. I'll start with this: Mr. Vanderkolff, The Woodlands' drill writer and the drill writer for Flomo and the Bluecoats, said that On The Town was his favorite show he's ever made. It was pretty obvious though as he spent much, MUCH more time with us last year than he did years prior. That's not me bragging as I had no part in designing it BUT it's pretty darn cool to be a part of performing it. I think it's safe to say you can expect more shows similar to On The Town from groups he writes drill for (up to you to decide whether that's a good thing or not). Another thing is that Jason Harvey, former assistant director for TWHS in 2015 and 2016, was hired by our intermediate school to teach (the old director there retired). He is an excellent trombone player and low brass instructor and his first class of students arrives at the highschool this year so I'll be excited to see how the low brass performs in the upcoming years. (That's not an insult to anyone btw)
  26. 2 points
    I know exactly what you are talking about - then you spend your Saturday trolling YouTube watching past seasons matching bands and debating with yourself if the 2013 Woodlands show could have beaten the 2016 FloMo show - been there, done that, and will likely be there again
  27. 1 point
    CharpieAg

    2020 Band Productions

    Westwood show reveal is Go West. Music from Shennendoah and the Magnificent Seven
  28. 1 point
    hey, I uploaded this video for those who want to know all the 4A bands and who goes where for the season. I talk about all the regional groups and which area they go to
  29. 1 point
    I'm in. I have zoom on a couple of computers plus run a nice virus scanner on a blade server, so we good.
  30. 1 point
    KinDallas

    2020 Marching Season

    LOL...I'm a Marcus Mom, but thanks for the compliment. FloMo is an excellent band. But to your point, there is a plan--there's a show, which can be modified a dozen ways to meet requirements. We'll know more in September, and even more in October. The "not knowing" part doesn't bother me, but I've been pretty involved with the program for six years, so I can wing it if need be. I do feel for the new parents. It's a rough year to acclimate. But when they do? They'll be able to roll with anything band hands them.
  31. 1 point
    Way to early 2021 predictions: GE Scores: go through the roof next year! A whole year to fine tune competitive shows that already have solid foundations will result in some very intriguing depth of concept. Design teams will really get a chance to milk the most out of these shows over the year and I think it will show on the field next year. Music Scores: get a bump. Students usually get music a few months before marching season, but now imagine having it for a whole year beforehand. I think how directors handle this will be the most interesting. I think we see much more ambitious musical productions next year since students will have a whole year to practice the base production, allowing the marching season to be a place where some very technical new parts and pieces are added (sim to what we typically see throughout a DCI season). Do bands rehearse the show music over the course of this year? or would that be unfair to seniors? Visual Scores: Might suffer slightly. Yes, I know bands are still attempting some type of show(s) this year, but those won't replace the experience of doing a full 8+ min competitive show, so it's possible visual programs aren't quite as strong next year. Of course this is all relative. We likely won't see a literal change in scores, but the overall level of quality relative to past years will probably vary per above.
  32. 1 point
    I suggest a Zoom support group from our local waterhole - just say when
  33. 1 point
    Knf102577

    2020 Marching Season

    I love this!!!
  34. 1 point
    The UIL has announced a delayed start to the 2020 marching season. Let’s look at the details and why the competitive aspect of this announcement is unnecessary.
  35. 1 point
    IPlayDrumsAndStuff

    2020 Marching Season

    It's over. Sorry kids! Too many adults didn't take coronavirus seriously enough! My heart breaks for all of them, especially for the seniors who won't get to have their last competitive season with the program they've spent the last 3 years.
  36. 1 point
    Alvin

    A History of Texas HS Marching Band

    Great info here! Thank you. 😊
  37. 1 point
    bandkid416

    2020 Marching Season

    San Antonio Metro Health has delayed in-person instruction until September 8th. This means that no extracurriculars, including marching band, are allowed to have in-person practice. Honestly, hearing that the marching season is delayed hurts to hear but I believe that this will give band directors time to get to know any new members. It will also grant students the ability to focus on their musicianship as well.
  38. 1 point
    principalagent

    2020 Marching Season

    Y’all are the band I’m most upset for! Your show last year was one of my absolute favorites (and if you have a late season video, message me). It was clear that this year was going to be promising for you for BOA and UIL.
  39. 1 point
    LHSax

    band, all you cool cats and kittens?

    Literally one of the first shows I went to when i got the folder 😂
  40. 1 point
    bandtingz

    band, all you cool cats and kittens?

    Thank you for fulfilling my dream of watching Cedar Park 2004
  41. 1 point
    Preliminary results have been released in the unprecedented aerosol study for the performing arts. Let’s go over the initial findings and general considerations for wind instrument players in as layman of terms as my brain will squeeze out.
  42. 1 point
    Tailgate88

    2020 Marching Season

    This sucks. That is all.
  43. 1 point
    XCTFG Mom

    2020 Marching Season

    Good luck! ❤️
  44. 1 point
    LHSax

    2020 Marching Season

    Interesting that Dallas area schools are first to drop...Thought it would be Houston considering how bad things are going down here.
  45. 1 point
    LeanderMomma

    band, all you cool cats and kittens?

    😱
  46. 1 point
    So....in the worst case scenario that Grand Nationals is cancelled....does this mean that "The Eagle" will remain in Texas for another year and that Vandy will be a two year reigning champion??
  47. 1 point
    Band_dad_of_2

    2020 Marching Season

    Your explanation is too simplistic. While my kid may be at a low risk, I am not...my wife is not....our parents are not. This is much bigger than the individual. People are being too myopic with this...think bigger picture!! I understand the disappointment. I've experienced disappointment through this, too. I didn't get to watch a child graduate college but I was glad the school had the sense to cancel it for the safety of all involved.
  48. 1 point
    LeanderMomma

    Coronavirus 2020

    From a good friend who is a nurse... Update shared from St. David's North Austin Medical Center: "An update today from an Infectious Disease physician: In the past 3 weeks: The COVID+ rate in ATX up 480% Hospitalization rate is up 300% 3% of the overall population have tested positive. The estimate is that 15-20% of the population is positive. Herd immunity requires 70-80% Majority of + cases are <39 years old and at less risk of being critically ill. Young adults are socializing without masks and are the Typhoid Marys of COVID19. Facemasks are proven to limit exposure. You need an innoculum of virus to get sick - that's DOSE + TIME. This virus is unlike most other respiratory viruses. Droplets come out of your mouth to infect others (not so much spread through touching a contaminated surface). A COVID+ patient infects an average of 4 people (influenza is 1.5 people) – also due to the fact that 80% of COVID-infected people are asymptomatic and typically if you have the flu you feel terribly and you stay home in bed. Mortality has dropped significantly in the past weeks due to proning and avoiding intubation/mechanical ventilation and tolerating a lower oxygen saturation than we normally would if the patient is comfortable. Dexamethasone steroid therapy is also a contributing factor. Convalescent plasma serum supply is depleted in Austin today - more is coming from NY this afternoon. The virus isn’t going anywhere and we can’t keep the economy shut down forever so universal masking is imperative when indoors or in enclosed spaces - that includes breakrooms at work. Try to eat meals outside if you can."
  49. 1 point
    Tubalord11

    2020 Band Productions

    The 2020 Lovejoy High school band presents: Siren, a show about the mythical creature the Siren.
  50. 1 point
    MadisonBandMan1

    College Majors/Band

    Here is an update from me! I have committed to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this fall, and am double majoring in Meteorology and Mathematics of Physical Phenomena (the two fit right in together with little extra classes needed thanks to the math requirements for Meteorology) and double minoring in Physics and Computer Science - again with little to no extra classes. I plan on marching Bass Trombone in the marching band and possibly participating in concert ensembles as well, to be decided upon entering the second semester as I will have a better grasp on the time I have available and how my classes are going. @northtexasbandfan I wish that your son was not a senior this year but a junior, because it would be cool to have someone to connect to and ask for help while I am there. It is okay, though, as I am sure I will be fine. I am super excited to return to my true home, and I am especially excited to be a part of the Husker legacy. I can't wait to perform in front of the most loyal fan base in all of sports, and I can't wait to experience the Nebraskan hospitality once again. Now that I don't have much school left I spend nearly each and every waking moment thinking about college. I am doing whatever I can to prepare for the roller-coaster ride that is ahead of me. I guess we will see how it goes! Go Big Red!
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