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  2. formerbulldog

    New System

    I guess I need some riddalin...or however you spell it...LOL. I have been out of the KY loop for a bit of time. I also agree that these topics have been beaten more than a redneck hillbilly's wife in a holler (lighten up people its a joke) You are also correct, that regardless of the system put in place, no one will be happy, and there are those people whose best friend is misery and complain about everything being keyboard warriors. I'd love to see KMEA do something great. Unfortunately, the middle class bands are going to be the happy ones, because they're in classes that they can compete in. While A and AAAAAAAAA is pretty much the same, and the ones and the ones underneath need to step up their game. Mid States tends to give a tad higher scores than KMEA. Maybe create a bit of complacency if you will. The real numbers which I firmly believe come from BOA type judges (though I don't always agree with them either..LOL), are probably the most realistic.
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  4. BigOleBob

    New System

    Casually draws attention away from argument, would u mind clarifying exactly what went through please and thank you
  5. Brass33

    New System

    Oh my.
  6. The Stig

    New System

    A person that is ego driven refuses to adapt. They have to have it their way. Band directors typically have the worst ego problems. To do something different, would be an attack on their inner beliefs. What I do not understand is why so many groups go to other circuits and have the same results. Did they expect anything different? To me its totally idiotic. Yes, you have different judges. Yes, you have different criteria. You also have more travel and fees than you would with going to KMEA. You could use that money to hire a consultant that you most likely would dismiss because it wasn't your original idea. Is your band any better? No. I guess my philosophies are different than what the current band directors of KY believe in currently. Um.. I would hope not. If that was my situation, I'd run. The line in the sand has obviously been covered up.
  7. AMAC

    New System

    Band boosters making educational decisions for programs? Yikes! Definitely answers some questions
  8. Cavie Fan

    New System

    I hate to inform you of this but there are bands that left and it was the students or the band boosters that made the final decision. Some of those times it was a total group decision.
  9. AMAC

    New System

    Every change went through except for expanding finals to 8 bands/class but it will increase to 6 bands/class in 2020. The bands leaving are just sore directors
  10. Brass33

    BOA Louisville

    Early season BOAs are so tricky. I could definitely see North taking down Franklin, especially with a director change. I think Castle will get off to a much better start this year than last year. They had a lot of things going on behind the scenes last year that held them back at the beginning of the year. I really wish O’Fallon was going to this one.
  11. Brass33

    BOA Johnson City

    This forum would explode lol Here’s my way-too early hot takes for this show: -Bassett will be closer to Kennesaw than Kennesaw will be to Lafayette -DB wins......but not by the landslide you’d think - Russell Co. will comfortably be in the Top 5
  12. BigOleBob

    New System

    Will these changes be evident this marching season or just 2020.
  13. Bandgeeks1

    2019 KMEA BOA and DCI show announcements.

    from there public FB page
  14. AlexanderTheGreat

    2019 Job board

    Casey already got their show picked out and announced so I'm sure the writing process has already begun, I'm sure Jordan Williams will have a hand in picking his replacement and he will most likely want someone that will use their current show design for next season. This is a pivotal point for the program to continue their growth based on who they hire next.
  15. AMAC

    New System

    They got 90% of what they wanted, 9 out of 10 changes enacted and they all left anyway. They were never serious about staying, everyone took the bait hoping these changes would help draw bands back. Have any bands announced they will be returning to KMEA because of these changes? When your state Champions next year are the same of recent memory, will bands be drawn back? KMEA can still fix things and undo these horrible changes.
  16. LongTimeBandMan

    New System

    I think it's probably easier for them to hit the down vote than go on a drawn out rehash of a topic that has been beaten to death. I'm not down voting ya, but if anyone doesn't have both sides of this argument memorized by now, they need ADD meds. I am a proponent for most of the changes, although not all of them (eight finalists per class? No thanks). That being said, love them or hate them, if something doesn't change, SMBC will become a joke. Look at the number and quality of of KY bands in BOA this year. Granted, there's a BOA event in our backyard. But even so, I think BOA participation is way up. Bands are going to more BOA events than usual, and bands that haven't done BOA in years are stepping out into BOA again. Why is that? Everyone understands that the competition they are going to face is going to be tougher than a typical KMEA event. And cost is going to be higher. So BOA isn't exactly taking the easy way out. And then there's Mid States... Seems like there are more KY mid state competitions every year. What percentage of KMEA events now have empty classes, and/or only 1 or 2 bands in most classes? Where have the bands gone and why? It's not an entirely new problem, but it seems like it is increasing. Compromise isn't the art of making everyone happy. It is making all sides equally unhappy, but at least able to work towards a common goal. If it will bring back NH, CH, HC, Eastern, Bullitt East, South Oldham, etc... Is it not worth trying? It's been said before; give it a 2 or 3 year trial. It will either succeed, or collapse under its own weight. But then everyone can say it was tried and whatever the outcome, move forward.
  17. Bandgeeks1

    2019 KMEA BOA and DCI show announcements.

    Estill County The Crossing On their IG bc I still can't get pics to upload lol
  18. Chase

    New System

    And how long have myself and others been trying to get admins to do that? I've given up on it happening ever, even though this is the ONLY marching forum I browse that uses a dislike button. However, I have noticed that they are not causing reputation to go down anymore, so I guess that's progress? Anywho, I think the 4 classes and 6 finalists would be a somewhat fair compromise. I've kind of always thought going from 16 bands to 4 was always too big of a cut from semifinals to finals anyway and I think 6 is a fair number. Yes, not every band in the state is finals caliber, but 5th and 6th place in semifinals in most classes currently are right around the same level as the bands that do make it in. We have also declined so much in the number of bands competing at SMBC that I don't see the reason behind 5 classes anymore. Heck, BOA has roughly the same number of bands competing at Grand Nationals that we do at state and even they have only 4 classes, and for the longest time only had 3. I won't completely knock the hybrid of band and school size system until I see how it works out after about 2-3 seasons. Also keep this in mind, no class system is going to completely make everyone happy, it's just not realistic.
  19. Unknown

    New System

    Exactly why I hate dislikes being enabled. It discourages conversation. That said, I completely agree with almost all of your points. I've loved how finals has showcased the best of the best. I was in a group that never made finals, and in the decade since graduating that school has loved fifth and sixth place (prior to the 2005 class change it also loved fifth and sixth place, though...) so I should be cheering for this. But I strongly believe that this change would not motivate students and staff the way the current format does. Four classes of five, that I can get behind and might actually prefer. Four classes of six, I'd still rather not, but okay... Five classes of five, eh...no... Five classes of six? Not in Kentucky. Not with this type of class system.
  20. formerbulldog

    New System

    All the haters are remaining silent..LOL.....If ya gonna dislike something at least have the gumption to challenge what I'm throwing out there.........
  21. Martha Dumptruck

    State Concert Band Festival Results

    Don’t know anything about the concert ratings but I do know that only three bands got all distinguished ratings in each sub caption and overall captions at the state jazz assessment last weekend. Those three being Lafayette, Henry Clay, and Pike County Central.
  22. Martha Dumptruck

    2019 Job board

    😮😮😮😮
  23. Chase

    2019 Job board

    Casey County should be posted soon. Jordan Williams has taken a job as assistant principal at the Marion County Knight Academy.
  24. AASTRA12

    2019 Job board

    Casey County is Open!
  25. I normally don't care for BD shows honestly, but the title and music choices have me super excited to see what they do!
  26. Cycle Song" Imogen Heap "Rhythm Song" Imogen Heap "A True Passion" Lorne Balfe "Stroke of Genius" Lorne Balfe "Symphony No. 3" Aram Khachaturian "Ghostlight" Dave Glyde "Circus" Britney Spears
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