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  1. their first trip was in 2011 and made finals in their 4th year of opening. after that I believe it was felt that we should stay in Texas and work on taking on the Texas schools and getting some wins at BOA and build their brand. 2014 wins in Conroe and San Antonio led to plans to attend Indy in 2016. 2017 was an undefeated season with wins in Austin, Midland and San Antonio and led to the plans for the 2019 trip to Indy. going this year puts them on the same cycle as TWHS and Round Rock. With the creation of out Bands of CTJ Foundation, it is our hope that we can support trips like Grand Nats and reduce the cost to ensure that every child has the ability to attend. this year our foundation has supported the Grand Nats trip for CTJ as well as support one of our cluster middle schools for their trip to Midwest Clinic in December and some new instruments for our other middle school. the goals of the foundation is to support the entire cluster. as many have noted, the cost of the trip is a major reason why so many schools limit their trips to Indy. I am hopeful that they stick to the every other year schedule but that ultimately will be a district decision as well as any desires for additional out of state trips. I don't know that they will ever do Macy's Parade but I believe there is a desire to make a return trip to the Rose parade. fingers crossed.
  2. I agree, I am excited to see that we have 7 quality 6A programs going to Indy - I hope more programs start to take the approach of going every other year like TWHS, CTJ, and Round Rock. I know some programs prefer an every 3 or 4 year schedule due to the cost. but I agree we keep sending a strong contingent and we increase the chances that Texas bands continue to dominate the finals and take some medals
  3. I won't be so bold as to predict placements this early. Here are my predictions in Alpha Order for the top 7 and the bottom 7 in finals. TOP 7 Finalists Cedar Park CTJ Hebron Marcus Reagan TWHS Vandegrift BOTTOM 7 Finalists Cedar Ridge James Bowie Kellar Leander Rouse Vista Ridge Westlake
  4. and yet one of the judges had them in 4th in prelims and the same 4th in finals in a different music caption even though prelims has no piano's or pit in a show that is about dueling Piano's
  5. so, since it has been 2 years since we had BOA San Antonio, I looked at the rules in the BOA adjudication handbook to refresh how the 2 panel prelims will place bands in finals. here are the actual rules. 2021 San Antonio Super Regional Championship: For determining the Finals Competition, the five (5) highest scoring Bands in each Prelim panel (10 total), regardless of class, will advance; plus, the next four (4) highest scoring bands determined from a combination of remaining scores from Prelims 1 and 2, regardless of class, will advance. The panel of judges for Finals will be comprised of a combination of adjudicators from both Prelims panels with that said, here are my current thoughts on the top 10 (5 from each panel) that will advance to finals in San Antonio. with the remaining 4 being selected based on next highest scores. welcome your thoughts - I know it is early but lets have some fun with this..... these 10 are in Alpha Order regardless of panel Cedar Park Claudia Taylor Johnson Hebron Leander Marcus Reagan Rouse The Woodlands Vandegrift Vista Ridge we are a month out - let's see how well this post ages
  6. WOW - looking at the times and groups for panel 1 and 2 for San Antonio - while the participant numbers are down (expected), this will be a very interesting match up as they pair the 2 panel process for finals. So looking forward to this event.
  7. I can tell you that your statement in bold above is incorrect, and I say that from experience. I marched in High School band 35 years ago, and never went on to study music, my kids won't either. but my band experience has shaped my adult life in many ways and I credit it for my success as an adult. That is why I wanted my kids to be in band , and sometimes the life experience comes from going up against the best and giving it everything you have and not quite getting the prize. this is from a Wakeland Band parent that was posted in 2014. This is what band gives our kids. One of my friends asked "Why do you pay so much money for your kids to be in band?" Well I have a confession to make, I don't pay for my kids' band experience. Personally, it doesn't matter which activity they choose. So, if I am not paying for band, what am I paying for? - I pay for those moments when my kids become so tired they want to quit - but don't. - I pay for those days when my kids come home from school and are "too tired" to go to rehearsal - but go anyway. - I pay for my kids to learn to be disciplined. - I pay for my kids to learn to take care of their body. - I pay for my kids to learn to work with others and be good team mates. - I pay for my kids to learn to deal with disappointment, when they don't get that score they'd hoped for, - but still have to work hard every day. - I pay for my kids to learn to make and accomplish goals. - I pay for my kids to learn that it takes hours and hours and hours and hours of hard work and practice to create a champion, and that success does not happen overnight. - I pay for the opportunity my kids have and will have to make life-long friendships. - I pay so that my kids can be in a rehearsal instead of in front of a screen. - I pay for my kids to learn how to be part of something, much bigger than themselves I could go on, but, in short, I don't pay for band. I pay for the opportunities that band provides my kids with to develop attributes that will serve them well throughout their lives and give them the opportunity to bless the lives of others. From what I have seen so far, I think it is a great investment!
  8. 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.
  9. I agree that the Houston- North Scores appear bloated, and that is a huge gap between 1st and second but I expected the gap. Before they split this into 2 separate sites, BOA Conroe generally had TWHS, CTJ, Reagan, and Vandergrift and it was generally a coin toss to predict who would walk away a winner. this is not intended to be a knock on any of the great programs that competed this weekend at Conroe, but I fully expected TWHS to sweep this event. As I look at the Katy lineup, I fully expect that Reagan will also walk away as a clear winner by a few points and well into the mid 80's. - this is assuming that there is no major drop off with the new director at Reagan. (Asst. for the past decade there) we will get another good look at CTJ and Reagan on the 9th back at Kelly Reeves for the TMC as they line up against Vandegrift after Vandy bested CTJ on Saturday by .25 with scores of 84. can't wait for this to come together at the dome.
  10. O.K. - so I will spark up the conversation to tomorrows event. my prediction to BOA Austin - both for AAAA Prelims and for the Finals 1. CTJ 2. Vandegrift 3. Vista Ridge Music - CTJ Visual - Vandegrift G.E. - CTJ good chance all 3 medals top scores above 80 convince me I am wrong
  11. it will be interesting to see what the impact will be. some programs that did not have a competitive season last year in some cases will have a freshman and sophomore class that are new to the rigorous marching season especially with this being a UIL State year for all. Many programs appear to be smaller this year. I know our district tracked the number of students lost to music/fine arts across all grade levels compared to 2019 and the number is significant and will have an impact for years to come on the high school programs as their feeders rebuild. I know that 4 of the 7 Texas bands going to Indy this year competed in UIL state in December, time will tell what the true impact will be.
  12. not sure - I assume it will be similar to UIL State last year, that was to purchase tickets online only and get the electronic tickets on your phone to avoid contact due to Covid concerns
  13. wonder if they will delay so long that there will be no finals? same risk in Austin next week with temps in the 90's that turf is going to be above 100 degrees by the afternoon
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