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  1. OMG I'm sorry. My comment wasn't even meant to be a criticism. I'm beyond mad at the district for not putting more resources to help this band out. These poor kids kill themselves at practice every single day and they deserve SO MUCH MORE than what they are getting right now. I am so very sorry if my comment was taken personally. It was not meant to be that way and I got super busy to be able to respond. BTW, the new unis are stunning. The light color tops really pop on the field.
    14 points
  2. Let’s keep this on topic. The event is a week away and these kiddos deserve some support. I cannot wait to be back in the stands nerding out!
    14 points
  3. She of course is, but that doesn’t mean it’s always proper. These are teenagers at the end of the day, and Stony Point is in a kinda weird and probably not fun spot as a sort of odd man out in a district where the bulk of the bands are very successful. It’s one thing when we punch up—nobody’s feelings should be all that hurt by saying (all examples) that Vandegrift is boring and FloMo is stale and CTJ is a mess (but at the very least, *how* those opinions are expressed *here* should matter too!). Those bands and their results speak for themselves above any of our opinions. But going after Stony Point, when the poster is very clearly not a Stony Point parent and likely one of a school near the top of the RRISD pecking order, is probably past the appropriate mark for this forum. Having been a student on this forum (but not admitting to how long ago!), we definitely read it, and sometimes it’s hard for it not to sting a bit. Even if you’re a Hebron or Reagan or TWHS kid.
    13 points
  4. Figured I'd share this here- we're sitting at less than a week from this comp. This spreadsheet is how I've been tracking bands over the past few weeks. Tons of bands that are very neck-and-neck, and a good few more that I haven't seen any show footage of. If anyone wants/needs me to change something on the spreadsheet, let me know. Super excited to see how Conroe is gonna pan out! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RM9LSfyrOQfsAdTyK-1f5xG6Z36sMFSftvvxhJUG-Vo/edit?usp=sharing Also gonna add that I have way too much time on my hands outside of rehearsal and practicing for region band so if any of y'all want me to make a similar spreadsheet for another competition I'd be down!
    11 points
  5. Think about it like this: Imagine if someone in the txbands.com live blog put "I'm extremely unimpressed with this program, next" when talking about a smaller program in a different position than the BOA powerhouses they're competing against. People would get outraged and rightfully so, some of the kids marching read that stuff and it often means more to them than their actual results. Less kids may read the forums, but they are definitely on here. I would know as someone who has teched at high schools in recent years and is heavily involved in the community. You can criticize any band program and I have plenty that I do voice on occasion, but when making those criticisms you have to put yourself in the shoes of those performers and think about how they would take them. Condescendingly saying a program "needs help" when you have positive things to say about every other program at an event is crossing that line. This isn't a "muh freedom of speech" thing, it's a "understand that your words do have an effect on others and you are to an extent responsible for those reactions" thing.
    11 points
  6. 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.
    10 points
  7. Based on at least a couple of the previous posts, I can see the saltiness of the season has arrived! ? I think I would rather see criticisms that are at least a little constructive, rather than just general, base expressions of negativity. (Who does that help?) I understand everyone has their opinions and rivalries, that's fine, but a little decorum goes a long way. Let's also remember, we're still in the middle of a pandemic.
    9 points
  8. Was it really necessary to include the stony point comment
    9 points
  9. bancl

    UIL Area B 6A 2021

    This right here. Saying that it's preordained does a disservice to the hard work that students in every program put in day after day. It's true that the top 4-6 bands in the metroplex hasn't changed much in the last 8 years or so, but that's because those same 4-6 bands have also gotten BETTER. FloMo, Hebron, Marcus, Keller, Coppell etc. today are WAY better than FloMo, Hebron, Marcus, Keller, Coppell, etc. from 10 years ago. To catch them, a program has to make a huge leap. Waxahachie and Prosper are great examples. Both were smaller 5A bands not too long ago, and with hard work and great community support they made the big leap and have been SMC Finalists and GN Finalists respectively. It can be done!
    8 points
  10. This contest was simply epic. I just got home a little while ago from my 9 hour drive back from Austin and I just wanted to share a few of my own observations. Vandegrift. I often get gut feelings about things, and after seeing all of prelims yesterday, I was absolutely convinced that Vandegrift was the winner of this contest. They just have something really special happening right now, and they totally blew me away with this incredible show. I’m glad the judges agreed with me. Reagan. I sure was excited to finally get to see this show live, and it didn’t disappoint. While I can sort of see what some of you are saying about it seeming like a regeneration of 2019, I think some of that is just because all of their shows have a similar feel to them. And I think it’s really an amazing thing that they are doing at Ronald Reagan high school, and I have no complaints about them continuing to do these types of shows. If it ain’t broke, why fix it? Claudia Taylor Johnson. This year’s show is such a great example of what CTJ does so very well and why this formula works for them. They are truly a “Broadway show” style high school band and they do that style exceptionally well. And even when they have disastrous electronics issues, (or a massive prop in the wrong place), this incredible group of students just knows how to perform the HECK out of a show no matter what. I am just flabbergasted at their ability to adjust on the fly. And dang it, I just really like this show! Cedar Park. Wow…the improvement in the band and in the guard since their disappointing 2019 BOA season is just phenomenal. I absolutely felt like they deserved fourth place right behind the Big 3 yesterday, and I can totally see another 5A state championship in their near future. Great job by the Timberwolf Band! This show is superb! Leander. So much improvement in the last few weeks. This show has really grown into a real favorite of mine! And I love what a happy “feel good” production it is. And that ballad absolutely makes me weak! It’s just a fantastic show and I know it will only get better. I can’t wait to see it in the Alamodome at the Super Regional! Rouse. I really feel so proud of these kids and I love how they are neck and neck with Leander and Cedar Park at every contest these days. What on earth will happen at state?! I predict a 5A medal of some sort for this incredible band. Gold? Silver? Neither would surprise me anymore. What a fantastic group of kids! Bowie. Again, so much improvement from these kids. I loved seeing them do well here yesterday. I know the future is bright for the Bowie HS band and they are resilient. They’ll always be a personal favorite of mine. Hendrickson. Wow, wow, wow this show is night and day better than it was a few weeks ago. And speaking of night, did you see all those cool lights on the arches?! What a fun show! Hendrickson is back, baby, I can just feel it! Weiss. Can’t get enough of this over the top production by the incredible Weiss band! I hope they’ll add a little more to it before San Antonio because it feels a little short, but maybe that’s just because I didn’t want it to end?? Brandeis. I was so happy to see the Brandeis band at this contest and for them to make finals! I bet we will continue to hear more about this great band in the coming years. I’m so happy we keep getting more San Antonio bands at this great contest. Now JP Stevens just needs to come back! Georgetown. Another super fun (and electrifying ?) show by the Eagle Band! And those new uniforms under the lights last night were just stunning!! I really do enjoy this band so much and I always look forward to seeing what they’re doing every season. Just truly a great band who obviously enjoys performing incredibly entertaining shows! John B Alexander. I’ve been so excited to see this show ever since I heard they were making the trip to Austin! And I was absolutely thrilled when they made finals! I know they weren’t expecting that, and the kids were just so happy to be there. The ‘Are We Alone?’ show is just so good and so typically JBA. They really do shows that make you think, although this one is definitely a more lighthearted approach than past years. I really enjoyed it! On another note, I was invited to spend some time with the JB Alexander band students last night and I was just so thrilled to do so! The students there just have an incredible desire to learn and grow from watching bands like Reagan and Vandegrift and CTJ, and that was one of the biggest reasons that they attended this contest. I loved sitting with them as they watched and were amazed by the performances they saw from these three bands. I wish you all could have heard their enthusiasm and respect for these amazing groups, and I truly do hope that any students who are fortunate enough to be part of a program like Vandy, Reagan and CTJ truly appreciate the status they have achieved and that they don’t ever take it for granted. Success like that also comes with responsibility, and I do hope the students in these programs, and others like them, know just how much they are being looked up to and that they don’t take that lightly. And if you aren’t fortunate enough to be a part of a band like one of these, then maybe consider what you can do to improve the success of the program you are affiliated with. Practicing your instrument and your technique every single day is a start. Being a positive influence on the other students in your program is another. Encouraging your directors to take you to contests where you can witness what the truly successful bands are doing is yet another. Everyone has to start somewhere and no program becomes highly successful by chance. I love that the JB Alexander band is such a great example of what it’s like to be both humble and grateful for what they have, yet always yearning to learn everything they can in order to become a program that is as successful as those mentioned above. May we ALL remember to be humble and grateful every single day for the blessings we’ve been given, and to never take those for granted.
    8 points
  11. Just PLEASE don’t forget to only use it between bands and to close it before the next band begins their performance. This was a huge issue at BOA Austin!
    8 points
  12. They’ve historically had a great relationship with the Westlake program, and this marching contest, for decades now and perhaps they prefer this loyalty. I do agree that it isn’t as competitive, but for a long season, that can be okay.
    8 points
  13. Bladezz

    2021 BOA DFW (Oct. 9)

    If anyone would like a video of Hebron or FloMo from tonight, I gotchu
    7 points
  14. You're forgetting the most important parts. These are kids. Judges' feedback does not matter to a majority of them, what matters to them is if they're getting a good experience. This is still a good competition, they are still going to get good feedback. You act as if there are only 5 good judges in the world and they're all at TMC. There are plenty of people qualified to judge. If the kids have a good time at Westlake, then why care where they go? Not everyone has to be super competitive, you have to still provide an enjoyable experience for the kids. What's best for the kids isn't going to the toughest competitions, it's giving them good memories that'll last for decades. Most of them won't study music, so being in band won't have a large impact on their jobs, people join to do things they enjoy.
    7 points
  15. J-Mike16

    Need Prayers

    Today I found out that my former head band director resigned unexpectantly due to health concerns. I am asking for prayers because this is a HUGE hit on our community/band. I am overcomed with emotion from this. He transformed Lumberton, for the 5 years he was the head, into the band it is today. Lumberton would be way different if he was not there. He was the first person, other than my parents, that knew of my ability to make drill designs, and was shocked when I told him i was 6 years old when I started. We talked many, many times after school, about marching bands/drill, even to the point where he was going to allow me to help with the 2019 fall show, which later on i could not help bc of getting a new job. But still, He means so much to me and to hear this, breaks my heart. Please just have me in y'alls prayers tonight or tomorrow. Thanks yall
    7 points
  16. VinoGirl

    UIL Area F 5A 2021

    Yup, Saturday is what matters. Every band has been working to fix all the little things (and, in some cases, big things). It's all about execution now, and those who have worked on the right things and put in the work will likely have a good day on Saturday. Best of luck to all!
    6 points
  17. Hats off to all the schools which competed at the Westlake Marching Festival on October 9. A festival like this tends to get overlooked because of other, larger attended events. Akins, United (Laredo), United South (Laredo), Dripping Springs, Austin High, Connally, Round Rock, S.A. Clark There is a ton of history with this festival. A friend of mine competed here 30 years ago when he was in band. Great stadium and everyone really enjoyed the afternoon and evening. Round Rock ultimately won with a score of 90. But more importantly, we all spent a beautiful Saturday evening watching our kids do what they do best. There were some great performances by all the bands. It was ton of fun! It's easy to get into conversations about which band is going to finish in which place at what show. Hopefully we all remember to watch for the pure enjoyment and appreciate the hard work all the kids put into these performances. The accolades, awards, rankings are to be celebrated, but not the ultimate destination. Look at your pictures of your kids and you will see just how much enjoyment outweighs the score. Cheers to everyone involved! You all make it memorable!
    6 points
  18. Really? That’s interesting to me. I guess time will tell but I’m ready for another new face at the top. Or at least a familiar Texas one. ? I’m definitely ok with a TWHS gold medal repeat!
    6 points
  19. Hello folks!!! First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who tuned in to the Live Blog for the Texas Marching Classic yesterday! We experienced some of the highest viewership ever which is incredible considering that the blog was its own separate link away from our BOA coverage! You all made that happen and I am over the Moon! Thank you!!!! Let me address some things that happened yesterday: - The reason for the long delay for Prelims results was because there was an issue with the tabulation software. All numbers were correct so nothing was compromised. The software wasn't spitting out recaps like it was supposed to so that's why we had to wait for a bit for results. I know this because I was in the room!!! I then left the room because fajitas were being served in the Press Box. YUM!!! - As far as I am aware, NO ONE was disqualified from yesterday's event. Everyone who performed is on the recap sheets and no penalties appear on the recap sheets. To start publicly throwing out rumors like this is incredibly damaging and irresponsible. If it continues, I'll start removing accounts. - Comments for the Live Blog now have to be approved before they appear publicly. After Prelims results, a few people could not handle what was announced and decided to chime in with colorful language. I'm not down with that. - I saw amazing acts of sportsmanship between the programs yesterday!!! It hurts to hear that a few outliers may have conducted themselves in a less than mature fashion. Hateful language has absolutely no place on this website and this activity. It's all love here. I'll talk more about the contest on my Cherry On TMC episode which will come out later this week. Until then, please take care of yourselves
    6 points
  20. The funniest part of this is Round Rock literally has a rehearsal today with Gary Markham, the Chief judge of Bands of America. But they aren't trying enough to get feedback ?
    6 points
  21. Honestly, if I’m having a bad day I pull that thread up because it’s not short of humor at allllll.
    6 points
  22. Sadly, I feel like a lot of people look over this. I know for me this was the case when we went to VRMF last week. We knew it wasn't going to be nearly as competitive as the other competitions we are attending, but we still had an incredibly enjoyable experience, especially after winning it. For a lot of kids, especially underclassmen, it was their first amazing memory of marching band that they got to enjoy and will look back on, and for me that's super important to me, especially as a senior.
    6 points
  23. Now that I’m back home from Austin, I wanted to express my thoughts on this incredible competition. I know I said it on Instagram, but this was the best BOA Austin I have ever witnessed, and I have seen them all other than the premiere year in 2012. I still can’t get over how fantastic everyone looked and sounded after such a stressful Covid break. Good for these kids for hanging in there and seeing it through! My best BandMom friend and I argued all afternoon about whether CTJ or Vandegrift was going to win after seeing both perform, and I told her it would be Vandy and she argued for CTJ. Seems the judges agreed with us because it was a very tight race between the two. Vandegrift put on such a lovely show as always, and I have to say it’s one of my favorites so far that they have done. The dance team looks TERRIFIC and I love the costuming they are wearing this season. It’s a very WGI look underneath those brilliant scarlet dresses and I am HERE for it! Go Vision Dance team! Y’all are just gorgeous and I’ll never complain again about the need of a guard for Vandy. Claudia Taylor came in and blew us all out of our seats in typical CTJ fashion, but I found them even more impressive than ever this year. They have the full show on the field as usual, but this time it was cleaner than I have ever seen them this early in the season! And the dueling pianos are an incredible feature that can’t be overstated. Wow those kids can PLAY! This show has GN medal potential written all over it! Good thing I’ll be there to see it when it happens. ? Can we talk about Rouse?! A bronze medal at AUSTIN?! That was unbelievable and I am SO thrilled for those kids. They really shot up talent-wise in the past few years and they have rightfully become yet another LISD powerhouse. How can there be so many in one district? The Rouse Band is making a real name for themselves and they are here to STAY! It was another tight race between the Cedars and the Ridges on Saturday, and I was really impressed with them all! Cedar Park is just huge now! Where did all those kids come from? I love it! And their new uniforms are SO sharp and that guard is looking SO good. I am just extremely happy to see Cedar Park making a well deserved BOA comeback after their disappointing 2019 season. Nearly the exact same things can be said for Cedar Ridge! Those purple uniforms are BEAUTIFUL. And their guard looks so sharp and impressive. I was so tickled to see this band making a comeback as well. And Vista Ridge! What a cool show. Talk about GE!! The Ranger band just looks and sounds phenomenal this year. Yes, they were a little messy on Saturday, but what they are attempting is pretty dang difficult and they will get it cleaned up over the next five weeks. It’s going to be brilliant by the time GN gets here and I can’t wait for Vista to have their debut in Lucas Oil Stadium! Leander, the band of my heart, oh how I really do like this show! I wasn’t sold on it back in August but after seeing it live Friday night and Saturday, I am ALL in! Yes, the guard is much smaller and definitely mostly inexperienced, but they have improved so much in a month, and the groovy costumes are SO fun. You can just absolutely tell that they are having a BLAST performing this show. And the Grateful Dead bear masks they throw on in the second movement are just an awesome touch as well. I love it! The band itself is obviously smaller than we are used to seeing, but their sound is just WOW! The woodwinds and percussion are stellar, the ensemble groups terrific, and how fun is that tuba solo?! But the trumpets and all of the brass, oh my! The overall sound in the ballad was pure bliss. I am not exaggerating when I say I was reminded of the Harloff Crown brass sound when Leander played the end of the ballad on Saturday. Chills. For. Days. I’m fully invested in this show and I just can’t wait to see it again in a few weeks! Westlake, Round Rock and Bowie were all very very good as well. Westlake looks so sharp in those colors. I just love those fluffy baby blue plumes, what can I say?! And they just sounded beautiful as always. Round Rock looks to be on their way to another great GN show, and we all know the Dragon Band will polish this thing up until it just SHINES in the Alamodome and in Lucas Oil. Bowie seems to very much be in the same boat as Leander. Smaller band and a less experienced guard than we are accustomed to seeing, but they are still Bowie, and they are still fantastic! I just love those kids and what they do, and I can’t wait to see them blossom throughout this season and next. Westwood! I love this show! Human Again is about Beauty and the Beast, and I am really anxious to see what they do with it in the coming weeks. It’s already a great theme, but I know they are going to add even more fun touches to it before the season ends. I love this band so much and always look forward to whatever wonky or highly entertaining theme they come up with. They sure know how to please a crowd! Last but not least, the Weiss band made Austin finals for the first time and wow, what a great show to do it with! I really appreciate the Golden persona Weiss has taken on with their themes of late, and The Age of Opulence really displays how good Weiss is at these kinds of over the top productions. This show is filled with GE moments and I think we will continue to see this amazing band making huge strides in the coming years. What an incredible weekend it was, and I am so grateful to have finally been able to spend another long, hot Saturday back in the stadium watching my favorite activity!!! Let’s do it again….oh, say, next week?! ?
    6 points
  24. Cy Woods coming out of NOWHERE! (At least to me). Wow!
    6 points
  25. if you want to say that the CTJ program is privileged, it is only because we have hundreds of parents that put in thousands of hours to fundraise and support the program like every other program in the state. make no mistake, the program struggles with funding like every other program in the state and work tirelessly to ensure that no student is turned away from performing due to funding and that is no easy task. to clarify, CTJ does not have a "cash cow" in whataburger as it is not that kind of sponsorship, CTJ does not attend 6 BOA regionals a year - they are going to Austin (90 miles away) and BOASA (in our back yard, that our program serves as the host school) CTJ does not attend GNats every 2 years - while they were there in 2019, that was the 3rd trip in their 13 year history. to imply that CTJ is just about placements tells me that you know nothing about the program and what it teaches our kids. at the end of the day it is about putting the best performance on the field and being proud of that accomplishment and knowing that you gave it everything you had. the program has been known to stick to their style of entertaining the crowd, even at the expense of the norms of UIL and such. at no time did I state or imply that Wills Point, Whitesboro, or any other program should not attend grand nats - just that I do not understand why a program would make that investment to attend without first competing at a local BOA regional. that was all, and had nothing to do with "cancelling" them or exercising my privilege as you have stated. if you took something from my earlier posts that implied that I was somehow putting down Wills Point or any other program, I apologize, as that was never my intent, and would appreciate you not making your privilege comments about the CTJ program based on something you took from my post, our kids deserve better than that.
    6 points
  26. Danpod

    UIL Area F 5A 2021

    Hi folks! Hope your day is wonderful. Just a quick reminder that any attempt to misrepresent yourself or slander any programs in an inappropriate way will result in account restrictions or a permanent ban. Post responsibly
    5 points
  27. I also had a tumblr sports blog for a while in college as a sports journalist. Absolutely clueless as to where the rest came from.
    5 points
  28. Oh noooo! I don't even wanna predict the toughest contest ever!!!
    5 points
  29. Here’s the results from the Don Hanna contest this weekend in Denton for any of you that were curious- https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5ac7df315b409b2587f87b15/t/6165f5863ca18252c08972ad/1634071942432/DHM+2021+Finals+Results.pdf 1- Mansfield 2- Legacy 3- Frisco Centennial 4- Anna 5- Little Elm 6- Melissa 7- South Grand Prairie 8- Denton Guyer 9- Denton 10- Lake Dallas
    5 points
  30. Place Band 1 Cypress Woods High School 2 Oak Ridge High School 3 Clear Brook High School 4 College Park High School 5 Klein Oak High School 6 Porter High School Band 7 Klein Cain High School 8 Klein Collins High School 9 Cy-Fair High School 10 North Shore High School Caption Band Outstanding Music Performance Cypress Woods High School Outstanding Visual Performance Cypress Woods High School Outstanding General Effect Cypress Woods High School Outstanding Percussion Unit Cypress Woods High School Outstanding Auxiliary Unit Clear Brook High School
    5 points
  31. These results don't surprise me that much. Hebron is fantastic musically, but the show is a little safe from a design standpoint. Flower Mound is taking more risks for sure. I don't know if I like all of those risks, but they should be rewarded for them. FM's show also gives you those MOMENTS. That being said, given how awesome Hebron sounds, I could see that translating into music GE, so we could see some changes later tonight. I don't think there's a massive gulf between the two bands, personally.
    5 points
  32. Not all of these decisions are made with strategy in mind. Yes, Round Rock goes to the Westlake contest out of loyalty. Frankly, I admire them for that. The Westlake folks are awesome and run a great contest.
    5 points
  33. I also want to add, going to a competition like Westlake and winning is a good morale booster for the kids.
    5 points
  34. If any of my acquaintances with TWHS would be willing/able to send a link to a private/unlisted video of their performance after LSP finals I would greatly appreciate it! If not, that is ok too. I don't share the links without permission (as a few here know) so it won't go beyond me. Wish I could be there...
    5 points
  35. 86.55. Now that's a scary score. All but one judge had TWHS above a 17.0, including the chief judge, who gave them a 17.6 in music ensemble. That's the equivalent of an 88. The individual visual judge straight up gave them a Box 5 score. 18.0. Thaaat may be a little inflated, especially, I think, when you take into account the relative lack of demand in the drill program, but it was quite clean. I think TWHS really Marcused the crap out of the competition here. They only had through their ballad on the field, but what they had was really well done and a really engaging, really eye-popping PRODUCTION. There's something to be said about a show that just makes perfect sense from start to finish and gets you on your feet. (That sure didn't look like a forced standing ovation at the end.) The drill from the beginning of the show, where those pre-show arcs break up into blocks and rotate into each other, and through the first movement, is absolutely wonderful. The depth of the staging here is really great, with the interplay between the back field flags, the weapons up front, and the drill from the band. There's an uncommon fluidity to that entire section that comes from the guard being able to perform longer and more complicated phrases. It really is kind of like watching a Carmel or Avon show. That should scare the crap out of their competitors. Now, I still think the visual drops off a bit in the second movement. Play with the drill in the side 2 woodwind block a little bit (Cell Block Tango Block), and still do something with the ending park and bark. There are also some stick-outs in the ensemble sound that I'm hearing in the webcast, particularly during the marching and playing parts and the tempo shifts. Assuming that it's not just the webcast, those need to be fixed. Other random suggestions: maybe throw some black curtains onto the props to make them look more like stages; you can do some cool reveal moments, if it doesn't destroy the look of the props too much. Paper over the wimpy opening stand tune bit with a brief "welcome to cabaret" voice over. I'd also like to hear the "what good is sitting all alone in your room" music bit at some point. To me that's the poignancy of this show. Now, do I think this is a potential championship show? Well, the score might make you think so. I'm not yet convinced. And the main reason for that is actually rather stupid. It's that the show doesn't quite have the gravitas (some would say self-seriousness) of the typical Eagle-winning show. In the past 20 years, I can only think of 2 National Championship shows where the overall tone of the show was this delightful. Those would be Carmel's first two national wins, 2005's Suspended Symbols and 2012's What A Tangled Web We Weave. Both were rather controversial wins as well. So there's a bit of a bias. Do I think it's possible? Yes. I just think it'll be hard.
    5 points
  36. Cy-Woods absolutely floored me! such clarity! and the red just POPS. Klein Oak and Seven Lakes as well! they were all obviously 80+ groups to my eyes and ears. i don't know if the Broken Arrow guy is working for any of them, but i thought maybe. i went in not expecting any of those groups to be as good as they were. i hope they keep it up! we need some more heavy hitters from Houston. i'm a TWHS alum, so very biased, but i also think i'm pretty picky and haven't really loved a Woodlands show in a few years. i'm also very snarky, so when they walked out, i turned to my mom and said, "Welcome to McDonalds." ("Oh, stop it!" with laughter.) the guard outfits, y'all. but good god they sounded and looked amazing tonight. i saw the prelims webcast, and i thought they were very good, but i wasn't jumping up and down. totally different experience live. so much more energy and volume and blend to that sound. and they perform with such poise and clarity. and with the weird colors in the lights, it was like walking into a dream. i was on my feet before the show was over. i've never done that for a Woodlands show before. really rousing stuff. TWHS' competitors are amazing this year. i have no idea where TWHS will end up after they get their closer on the field, but i don't really care. after a pandemic? jeez. i'm so proud of them!
    5 points
  37. Congrats to Brandeis for being the first NISD band, at least to my knowledge, to ever medal in a BOA event. Definitely the first NISD band to outright take the gold.
    5 points
  38. In a more positive comment on Stony Point, their uniform game is always on point. Their previous Black and Gold/Yellow uniforms were some of favorites for a long time, and their new Yellow and Blue ones are super striking! I'm happy for them to see them opening up BOA Austin this year, after two years of waiting, I'm betting the kids are eager to perform, even if it's early!
    5 points
  39. just a reminder to join our Facebook page "#teamtexas 2021 Grand Nats" #teamtexas will open the first round of the team store with shirts, hoodies, hats, etc on July 2nd - be sure to get your #teamtexas swag and support the (7) 2021 team texas programs making the trek to Indy in November. all are welcome to join in the fun and follow the season to see if Kevin will remain in the Lone Star State.
    5 points
  40. THE NERD-IN IS BAAAACK!!! Let’s preview the BOA McAllen Regional Championship, the different experiences the competing programs dealt with last year, and how Box5TV, Marching Arts Education, and the TxBands Live Blog is going to wash over the Earth with marching band nerdiness!!!
    5 points
  41. And here are the twelve TX groups that received Superior ratings. Supposedly the standards for superior ratings for semis performances were raised "to mirror historic thresholds for Finals Progression." This partly explains why some groups that have received these ratings previously did not receive them after semis. Coppell HS JV2 Eastlake HS Hebron HS McCullough JH Varsity Pearland HS Prosper HS A Rouse HS Seven Lakes HS JV Spring ISD The Woodlands HS Vista Ridge HS Westwood HS Congrats again to all participating groups!
    5 points
  42. Vista Ridge is 100% making finals and will have a top tier finish as well. They may not have had a competitive season last year but they did have a show, and it was fantastic. Just a glimpse of what’s to come in fact. Yes I have high expectations for the former 6A state champion. Both of them.
    5 points
  43. 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
    5 points
  44. 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)
    5 points
  45. Appreciate the effort to change the subject of this board back to marching band! I have many shows that I return to over the last 15 years, but this thread seems to be geared towards shows we experienced in person, so I'll use it as an opportunity to jump back in time and pull up some oldies. Links included for newer fans to pass the time as we wade through a DCI-less summer (apologies for some in poor quality - marching band recording has come a long way in 15 years). Hebron - 2006 - Music in Every Direction - Before Hebron was the perennial top 5 contender they are these days, there was this show. While this show only got 9th that year, I see it as the beginning of Hebron's rise to to power. I'm not exactly sure when the "dance break" became a thing in marching band, but this will forever be THE dance break for me. DDR was all the rage back then, and the dance section of this show, with the syncopated/offset DDR directions, was unreal to a bunch of high school kids who were obsessed with this trend. This was the first time I ever saw a standing ovation for a show before the end. This moment literally ripped people from their seats in excitement. I've searched for years for a better recording of this to no avail. LD Bell - 2007 - Transcendents - I don't think I have to say much about this show, because I (hope?) think everyone is aware of it, no matter how new you are to the activity. But I'm gonna say a lot anyway - I don't even know if I can call this a marching band show. This show was an experience. The crowd reaction to this show is still my favorite to this day because you could feel the moment of "what just happened" as they wrapped up their show. The fact that the ending changed at each performance put people even more on the edge of the seat. I also love that this show broke all the rules of typical marching show music organization. Rather than the typical opener-ballad-closer, this show was 5 minutes of opener (with some mixed in slow moments), and then 6+ minutes of ballad/art, and they milked every second BOA allowed them. Bringing back Lux from the first part of the trilogy was the cherry on top, I'm pretty sure I may have teared up a bit. I don't even know of a show from the modern era (last 5-8 years) that I could put in the same category as this one, it's just that unique. LD Bell - 2008 - The Quest - I was already hooked on Bell fever after the trilogy, so I had high hopes before seeing this show. It didn't disappoint. If 2007 felt like a theater production, this show felt like a movie. The closer is still one of my favorite's to this day. Still feel like Bell should've become the first back to back TX GN champion that year. Might've honestly been our only chance for that to ever happen. Cedar Park - 2008 - On Edge - When I pre-preemptively hope that Cedar Park gets back to it's glory days (it's "Roots"?) before every season, it's because of this show. I probably saw this show 3 or 4 times throughout the season, and I have never experienced anything quite like this opening statement from a high school marching band. This show is pure adrenaline. No props, no real theme, just marching band at it's purest form. Cedar Park was far from the largest band at BOA SA that year, and yet no one even came close to the volume CP was putting out. And this show was HARD. I'm not one of those old people who wish we would go back to the "good old days," but no one marches and plays simultaneously like CP did in this show (most bands didn't even do it back then). And the tempos they were reaching at the end of this show were UNREAL. If they hadn't run into Marcus/LD Bell duo at their peak, CP would have a BOA SA title. Bowie - 2011 - The Promise of Winter - I'm still bummed Bowie didn't get a title during their glory days. Of those "days", 2011 was my favorite. The linked video doesn't do it justice, but this opening statement SLAPPED you in the face. And before the rise of the Hebron mellos, there were the Bowie mellos. I'm pretty sure I first saw this show at a football game, and while football crowds usually half pay attention to marching shows - this show grabbed EVERYONE's attention and didn't let go.
    5 points
  46. The 2020 Lovejoy High school band presents: Siren, a show about the mythical creature the Siren.
    5 points
  47. PSHSMom

    2020 Band Productions

    Plano Senior High School Band Show: The Swan Featured Music: Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky Arrival of the Birds - Cinematic Orchestra The Swan - Saint-Saens ------------- Loving the musical selections for this, just hope we get the shows in this year. It will be my last year as a band parent (high school anyway!)
    5 points
  48. I love this story about Vista Ridge’s head band director making personal visits to each of his Seniors. https://www.kxan.com/news/coronavirus/band-director-visits-seniors-one-last-time-for-a-porch-side-farewell/
    5 points
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