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    principalagent got a reaction from LeanderMomma in Fantasy San Antonio SR   
    I might take Wando over Mason (for now) but I don’t think there’s a better six than AvonDad posted.
    Union came down the year Bedford finals got canceled. But we’ve missed out on many of the other Oklahoma bands. We play nice down here.
     
     
     
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    principalagent reacted to packwick in 2020 Marching Season   
    wait, UIL still thinks it's going to be able to hold marching contests this fall?! practice starting on September 7th?! did they say what projections they were using to determine that date? because, uhhh, the data i've seen suggest that that's probably not going to be wise. i mean, i guess you could argue that UIL is just being cautiously optimistic (optimistic for the sake of football, let's face it), but being cautiously optimistic in this case also means potentially getting directors and kids worked up and starting to invest resources into their marching season that will end up being wasted when the competitions are eventually canceled. either that, or UIL will just plow through with the "season" at the risk of people getting sick.
    i'm just putting myself in a director's shoes. i certainly would not want to be responsible for a bunch of kids literally "banding" together and then possibly spreading a serious, fatal disease. i would feel absolutely horrible. so, my suggestion to directors would be to find ways to engage your kids online. learn your show music in your "Zoom sectionals" or whatever, and then try to share some sort of performance with friends and family members. better yet, since you can't focus on drill, how about learning some advanced dance movement or something, beyond the marching basics? like, hire a dance instructor to teach them more advanced skills? like, uh, maybe some private dance lessons to go along with private music lessons lol (i'm your prriiiiivate daaancer). that can probably be taught online, and it could actually help push the activity forward, considering all the movement stuff band kids do these days. but most of all, directors, give your seniors more ownership of the season during this difficult time. having your last marching season get canceled is awful, but seniors can still have a fulfilling season leading your band through a new type of season, which will help carry over essential skills to the following year. that would be something to be proud of. just my two cents.
     
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    principalagent reacted to LHSax in 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.
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    principalagent got a reaction from bandkid416 in 2020 Marching Season   
    UIL delaying the season. Marching shows can be learned starting 9/7. State Championships by Christmas.
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    principalagent got a reaction from IPlayDrumsAndStuff in 2020 Marching Season   
    It seems BOA is likely done. The news is already leaking quite heavily.
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    principalagent got a reaction from AlsoIntoSpace in 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. 
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    principalagent reacted to brassclass in Death of George Townsend (Director at Duncanville HS)   
    I didn’t really know where to post this but on June 23, 2020, we learned of the passing of George Townsend, a father and band director at Duncanville HS as most of us know him.
    George Townsend was so much more than just a band director. He was a kind soul and a role model for countless students over his various years of teaching. He carried himself with grace and humility and his impact will resound forever with those that were graced with his presence in our lives. His passing hurts beyond what words can describe as he was a light in the lives of so many people. I ask that y’all keep him, his family, and the people involved in the Duncanville band program in your prayers. This hurts so much.
     
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    principalagent reacted to Samuel Culper in Best experience you have ever had watching a band   
    For me, nothing will EVER compare to the Leander-Vista Ridge-CTJ sandwich. 
    So many kids and so much joy.
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    principalagent reacted to LHSax in 2020 Marching Season   
    Oh boy I have so many thoughts about this post,  but I'll just leave it at what we agree on...
    ...Fingers crossed for a safe and as normal as possible marching band season.
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    principalagent got a reaction from IPlayDrumsAndStuff in BOA Houston 2019   
    I would LOVE it if Westfield made it back into a BOA finals.
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    principalagent got a reaction from LeanderMomma in 2020 Texas Bands Schedule   
    This is correct. Every Year Area is in effect starting this fall. Leander, Hendrickson, Rouse, Cedar Park, Wakeland, and Weiss are all skipping to go to BOA San Antonio. It seems Aledo, Lebanon Trail, and Wylie East are going to opt for Area instead. Burleson Centennial has neither listed, so presumably their directors are still weighing the choice or need approval. Highland Park and Dripping Springs have yet to update their calendars, but I assume both will go to Area. I couldn't get into Friendswood's calendar and can't find Lone Star's site.
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    principalagent got a reaction from LeanderMomma in 2020 Texas Bands Schedule   
    It seems to me that the two suburban Austin UIL Regions have moved from Saturday to Tuesday. That helps explain Leander, Round Rock, Cedar Ridge and Weiss going to Waco, as well as rumors of Hendrickson and Cedar Ridge considering St. Louis.
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    principalagent got a reaction from LeanderMomma in 2020 Texas Bands Schedule   
    You can add Weiss to the list, it seems!
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    principalagent reacted to LHSax in 2020 Marching Season   
    The Oracle has spoken. Hope VR and Hendrickson can figure out their penalty issues later in the season, no room for that at SA. Can’t wait to hear what will happen at all the other regionals, but maybe add a spoiler alert tag next time? Some people just can’t handle it yet. 
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    principalagent got a reaction from IPlayDrumsAndStuff in BOA Houston 2019   
    This isn't the year Westfield makes it back into finals, unfortunately, but that show is a TON of fun! My only gripe is that they didn't include Giant Steps by Coltrane.
     
    They're starting to really sound great as an ensemble and their visual demand is beefing up. And most important, their size is increasing. If their directors are committed to sticking around and making this work, I will be their biggest fan as they make it back into Houston finals. I think they can strike the balance of fun and design to make things happen in a short amount of time, just like Geiger did last decade.
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    principalagent got a reaction from banddad84 in Top Texas Bands of the 2010s   
    I had a similar conversation with some friends a few weeks ago. Back in the 90s into the middle of the 2000s, there was an understanding that there were Four Horsemen of Texas Bands: Tom Shine of Duncanville, Scott Mason of Coppell, Phil Geiger of Westfield, and Scott McAdow of Langham Creek. These four directors had a strong hold on marching band--especially for UIL, but also for BOA in the case of Westfield--and pretty much a complete lock on concert band until Bell, Reagan and Marcus started to really shake this up. In particular, Duncanville had an unrivaled consistency in both marching and concert band, Westfield had an unmatched two decades of dominance in marching band, Langham Creek had a reputation for legendary concert performances while also fielding a consistently strong band, and Coppell set numerous and continuous all-state records in multiple classes. Now that all of these directors are retired, or sadly deceased, we tried to put together the next four for now.
     
    We came to more or less a consensus on:
     
    Mike Howard, Vandegrift
    Andy Sealy, Hebron
     
    as the two most obvious choices. Even if they weren't your one and two (though there's plenty of reason both should be), there was no way they weren't in your top four. Brent Biskup at Flower Mound seemed to emerge as a third. The fourth spot got interesting as there were clear pros but some slight cons to move into the fourth (or third) slot. We ultimately had five names that kept getting thrown out.
     
    George Trevino, Lopez (undeniably strong concert band, marching band very overshadowed by the others)
    Dan Morrison, Reagan (no big wins yet outside SA just this year, but clear and consistent strength across categories)
    Jarrett Lipman, CTJ (all state numbers only rivaled by FloMo, generally strong BOA performances but no medals yet at GN, weaker in UIL than others)
    Joni Perez, The Woodlands (GN win, dominance in region of state, representation, but concert side behind the rest of the groups)
    Steve Wessels, Cedar Park (dominance in class, but slight backsliding against the 6As recently)
     
    At that point, it was just what did you prize most in a band. If you cared about concert band above all, Trevino would take a spot. Consistency? Morrison. Class representation? Wessels. Big wins? Perez or Lipman. Strong cases for all, as all are amazing directors in their own right. And of course, there's still Selaiden at Leander, Christian at Vista Ridge, McGahey at Keller, and the list goes on and on.
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    principalagent got a reaction from justabandkid94 in Top Texas Bands of the 2010s   
    I had a similar conversation with some friends a few weeks ago. Back in the 90s into the middle of the 2000s, there was an understanding that there were Four Horsemen of Texas Bands: Tom Shine of Duncanville, Scott Mason of Coppell, Phil Geiger of Westfield, and Scott McAdow of Langham Creek. These four directors had a strong hold on marching band--especially for UIL, but also for BOA in the case of Westfield--and pretty much a complete lock on concert band until Bell, Reagan and Marcus started to really shake this up. In particular, Duncanville had an unrivaled consistency in both marching and concert band, Westfield had an unmatched two decades of dominance in marching band, Langham Creek had a reputation for legendary concert performances while also fielding a consistently strong band, and Coppell set numerous and continuous all-state records in multiple classes. Now that all of these directors are retired, or sadly deceased, we tried to put together the next four for now.
     
    We came to more or less a consensus on:
     
    Mike Howard, Vandegrift
    Andy Sealy, Hebron
     
    as the two most obvious choices. Even if they weren't your one and two (though there's plenty of reason both should be), there was no way they weren't in your top four. Brent Biskup at Flower Mound seemed to emerge as a third. The fourth spot got interesting as there were clear pros but some slight cons to move into the fourth (or third) slot. We ultimately had five names that kept getting thrown out.
     
    George Trevino, Lopez (undeniably strong concert band, marching band very overshadowed by the others)
    Dan Morrison, Reagan (no big wins yet outside SA just this year, but clear and consistent strength across categories)
    Jarrett Lipman, CTJ (all state numbers only rivaled by FloMo, generally strong BOA performances but no medals yet at GN, weaker in UIL than others)
    Joni Perez, The Woodlands (GN win, dominance in region of state, representation, but concert side behind the rest of the groups)
    Steve Wessels, Cedar Park (dominance in class, but slight backsliding against the 6As recently)
     
    At that point, it was just what did you prize most in a band. If you cared about concert band above all, Trevino would take a spot. Consistency? Morrison. Class representation? Wessels. Big wins? Perez or Lipman. Strong cases for all, as all are amazing directors in their own right. And of course, there's still Selaiden at Leander, Christian at Vista Ridge, McGahey at Keller, and the list goes on and on.
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    principalagent got a reaction from JeremiahW in 2020 BOA San Antonio   
    Hahahahahaha.
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    principalagent got a reaction from josephbandfan in 2020 BOA San Antonio   
    Hahahahahaha.
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    principalagent got a reaction from LeanderMomma in 2020 BOA San Antonio   
    Hahahahahaha.
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    principalagent got a reaction from MikeKyu in UIL Legislative Council Meeting Music Results   
    The all-state process is conducted through TMEA, so it’s a different organization. UIL is an all or nothing opt-up, based on other concerns than competitive concerns. So bands will be stuck to their classification.
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    principalagent got a reaction from LeanderMomma in 2020-2022 UIL Realignment   
    Gone are the days when the Leander / Cedar Park game was the last game of the season and sold out the stadium. I was hoping the Battle at Bagdad would be the season finale again with Leander and Cedar Park being back in the same class without Vandegrift or Vista Ridge!
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    principalagent got a reaction from ViewFromTheBox in UIL Legislative Council Meeting Music Results   
    The all-state process is conducted through TMEA, so it’s a different organization. UIL is an all or nothing opt-up, based on other concerns than competitive concerns. So bands will be stuck to their classification.
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    principalagent got a reaction from LeanderMomma in 2020 WGI and TCGC   
    Dripping Springs! The newest member.
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