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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. 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
  7. Was it really necessary to include the stony point comment
    9 points
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Bladezz

    2021 BOA DFW (Oct. 9)

    If anyone would like a video of Hebron or FloMo from tonight, I gotchu
    7 points
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Honestly, if I’m having a bad day I pull that thread up because it’s not short of humor at allllll.
    6 points
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. Cy Woods coming out of NOWHERE! (At least to me). Wow!
    6 points
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. Oh noooo! I don't even wanna predict the toughest contest ever!!!
    5 points
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. I also want to add, going to a competition like Westlake and winning is a good morale booster for the kids.
    5 points
  32. not sure why everyone gets so bent when someone makes a comment about strategy, I took a similar beating earlier this year when I made a comment about a program spending a great deal of money to go to Grand Nats but not attending any other BOA Events that year or even in the past few years. Every program uses a different approach and that is there right. but you would think that you would want to get another opportunity to compete in your back yard against some of the same programs you will see again at BOA-SA as well as in Indy and get comments from the adjudicators on the performance opinions so you can make adjustments before SA and G Nats. It has been mentioned that CTJ will be attending this year, this will be there first time here since 2012. Why? Because, while TMC is not a BOA Event it is mostly scored like one. 2 of the Music judges from BOA Austin will also be at TMC and it is a chance to see what they think of your progress over the past 2 weeks . and many of the same judges that are at TMC will also be at BOA-SA and more importantly at Grand Nats. so you want those comments now so you can adjust to their comments in hopes of elevating those scores at the later events scored by the same judges. I tried to make that same point with the beating I took earlier this year. if you are going all in to spend $400K to make a trip to Indy, you would think you would want to get your band in front of those judges as often as possible to get those opinions - especially if they will be judging you again later in the season. just my thoughts.
    5 points
  33. 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
  34. I'll give a shameless plug for the recaps on HornRank. They are sorted with ordinals which make it a little bit easier to digest. You can view them at http://hornrank.com/results
    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. Region 32 5A/6A - All 1s
    4 points
  44. 4 points
  45. So happy that I decided to stay in San Antonio for Band Week San Antonio. 5A is going to be spicy and I'll be glued to my seat for the entireity. The 3 LISD bands, Weiss, Highland Park, Wakeland, Lebanon Trail, Wylie East are my favorites for finals. Who knows how these shows are going to develop throughout the season but it is going to be epic and every bit as competitive as 6A.
    4 points
  46. https://www.mhsband.com/results Basic recaps there if anyone wants to see. There were tabulation errors with the class A results (hence why Timberview won the class when they announce Cleburne won 3 of 4). Would not surprise me if that was the case with finals slots too. Final thoughts tonight before I turn out the lights, the more I think about it, the more I think you throw tonight’s results in the trash for predicting future results. I’m not sure what the scoring system is for this contest, but I know it’s not the UIL sheets and I’m pretty sure it’s not the BOA system either. Most valuable things bands can take from tonight are the judges comments. Oh well, glad that band is back and just as good as it’s ever been. Good luck to all of the groups this season!
    4 points
  47. I'm sorry that you believe that this person was outright attacked. No worries. People, including yourself, make mistakes. We were simply stating that what they said was wrong. How else was their statement of, "And Stony Point just needs help" supposed to be interpreted? It could have just as easily been phrased as something like, "And Stony Point just needs a bit of improvement". Help is defined as follows- to make it easier for (someone) to do something by offering one's services or resources. Doesn't that seem a bit harsh? Stating that a program needs an aid to make their learning process easier? Now, the definition of improvement is- a thing that makes something better or is better than something else. Improvement means to help make better. Help means to make things easier, suggesting that Stony Point is not capable of becoming better without making their drill and music easier to learn. We weren't attacking said poster. Everyone has the right to state what they personally believe, but sometimes they just need to word it more appropriately. Personally, I believe that it's a bit cringe to defend a statement such as that one. Maybe they didn't mean it that way but we interpreted it to be degrading towards Stony Point. As I'm sure you did yourself. Yet you still defend it. Thank you for reading this, and next time don't be such a sussy baka. uwu
    4 points
  48. Rubisco

    2020 6A State

    I only watched some of the area videos, but based on those, no surprises for me. Really great work by everyone. It shows A LOT of dedication and perseverance. Congrats to CTJ on a fabulous show, and your first state championship! As a few people mentioned, CTJ definitely had the closest thing to a "real" CTJ show this year. The others I think put forward very, very commendable efforts given the circumstances, but not quite what I would have expected in a normal year. I think my favorite moment from the shows I watched was Hebron's ballad. I just remember saying out loud, "OMG! This is almost like a normal championship show!" Visually beautiful, musically beautiful. Well, maybe the quality of the sound wasn't quite as good as usual (and I think that maybe is why Hebron's music scores are a little bit lower than expected), but it was powerful nevertheless. It's impressive that they held on to those 1st place visual scores despite performing somewhat early. Flower Mound, sort of the same for me. Like, parts of it, very powerful, other parts, a bit weaker. To be expected, really. As always, they fully commanded the space of the field, both musically and visually. I had a really hard time getting a read on Marcus' show based on the available video. It did look closer to a typical show to me than most of the others. Like, very warm, calm, symphonic playing, which we expect from Marcus. The flags went up and down at the same time, too, which is always good! Hahaha. (I found my eyes drifting to the guards a lot in these shows, because they had more "typical" sort of work relative to the bands, in my opinion.) Maybe Marcus would have medaled if they had performed later, who knows. TWHS in 2nd place in music, and all the music judges had them medaling, which is pretty atypical for TWHS at UIL. Good for them! Another fun show, although as others have noted, the visual was definitely watered down this year -- and a bit dirtier, too. But I feel like I can say that about most groups. A lot of the visual programs this year looked they came out of a time warp from the 90s. To be expected. Can I go on about how 4 of the top half of the State contenders are from Houston? (Let's ignore the fact that central TX mostly didn't compete this year.) Pearland, I've got my eyes on you...
    4 points
  49. LostChoirGuy

    2020 6A State

    Congratulations to all who performed and to everyone involved in this year's crazy season in any way! I'm sure we all wish this marching season could have been different, but at least for a moment we have something to celebrate! Glad to see CTJ win a well deserved championship, but boy is it tough to see Hebron place second time and time again...
    4 points
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