Jump to content
Kentucky Marching Network


Popular Content

Showing content with the highest reputation since 06/11/2020 in all areas

  1. 4 points
    That’s not how it works.......
  2. 4 points
    How about you all stop acting like kids for 5 minutes? Shut up and discuss things like civil human beings because people are tired of seeing it here. I work with Grayson, I can confirm they are good to go. They also will not be charging band fees this year.
  3. 3 points
    Merz will be greatly missed. He loves each and every one of the kids and the program. Great Crossing will be blessed with Merz leading their band program.
  4. 3 points
    Are you saying that my comment wasn't factual? Trying to figure out how to reply. Lol.
  5. 3 points
    Can we have this auto-populate into every post someone makes on this forum? Something along the lines of "it's not about us at all, but rather the kids and giving them something positive. Are you certain you wish to save what you have just written?" 🤷‍♀️ 🤣
  6. 2 points
    I am becoming less and less optimistic about the fall every day. You’re seeing some districts shutting down athletic teams for weeks due to a positive test. It’s bound to happen to some groups and I fear some programs being shut down for weeks in the middle of the season. I think some programs will just not want to take the risk.
  7. 2 points
    Screenshots from Facebook that I have received are posted above. 👍🏻
  8. 2 points
    If you announce a band has decided to not participate this year, PLEASE leave a link or screen shot to some kind of press release--even if it is a post on social media. I do not want to have a nasty rumor mill started in this thread. Also, can someone share documentation on bands that have already declaring their position for the 2020 marching season, please?
  9. 2 points
    You're good! Leaving for personal reasons is one thing but Great Crossings just sounds like a trap. Just saying..
  10. 2 points
    No one was trying to bring shame on anyone. Don't know why you would have thought that. Just confirming facts. Don't see how that would be seen as shaming anyone.
  11. 2 points
    Bands that have been cleared to have a season... - Barren County - Christian County - Grayson County - Green County - Hopkinsville Bands that are taking a year off due to Covid-19... - Mayfield - Owensboro I will update this list as bands announce.
  12. 2 points
    Yes, it was sent out to directors across the state, and it reads like stereo instructions. 10 points to whoever gets the reference.
  13. 2 points
    I believe the discussion was about competitive marching bands in the state, not bands who choose to venture out occasionally. D Doesn't care what Mike Zerhusen thinks.
  14. 2 points
    There are bands in the state who performed at shows yet never competed in a circuit championship. Those bands are not on the “list”. I guess maybe they don’t count. Z Does not consider Mr. Dover a reliable news source.
  15. 2 points
    KMEA Class 1A - 23 bands Bellevue Somerset Cumberland County Danville Lloyd Memorial Nicholas County Paris Washington County Harlan Campbellsville Williamstown Powell County McLean County Monroe County Owensboro Catholic Hancock County Lyon County Metcalfe County Union County Crittenden County Mayfield Green County Edmonson County Class 2A - 18 bands Rockcastle County Russell Independent Owen County Beechwood Mercer County Henry County Harlan County Lewis County Perry County Central Paducah Tilghman Casey County Caldwell County Murray Lincoln County Russellville Trigg County Warren East Hart County Class 3A - 23 bands Russell County Highlands Marion County East Jessamine West Jessamine Garrard County Wayne County Pulaski County Rowan County Boyle County Estill County Taylor County Apollo Logan County Glasgow Larue County Adair County Allen County-Scottsville Breckinridge County John Hardin Warren Central Franklin Simpson Calloway County Class 4A - 18 bands Woodford County Bourbon County Anderson County North Oldham South Laurel Madison Southern Southwestern Grant County Harrison County Hopkinsville Owensboro Barren County Greenwood South Warren Bullitt East Madisonville-North Hopkins duPont Manual Christian County Class 5A - 11 bands Paul Laurence Dunbar Daviess County McCracken County Lafayette Meade County Henderson County George Rogers Clark Larry A. Ryle Campbell County Eastern Madison Central Total = 93 bands MSBA Class 1A - 6 bands Simon Kenton Mason County Thomas Nelson Holmes Dayton Southern Class 2A - 8 bands Corbin Christian Academy of Louisville Ohio County Pleasure Ridge Park Pike County Central Martha Layne Collins Hopkins County Central Seneca Class 3A - 6 bands South Oldham Elizabethtown North Laurel Conner Ballard Butler Traditional Class 4A - 2 bands Tates Creek Dixie Heights Open Class - 0 bands Total = 22 bands I can't find the results for the 2019 Tri-State Marching Festival hosted by Marshall University, but as of 2017 Raceland-Worthington and Johnson Central competed. So we will say 2 total for this competition. Muhlenberg was the only band who didn't compete in KMEA at MTSU Contest of Champions in 2019, so the total is 1 here. Bands of America - 4 bands Grand Nationals Indy Super Regional Grayson County Henry Clay Central Hardin North Hardin Grand total of bands that competed in 2019 from Kentucky is... Drumroll please... 122 bands. #FactsAreNotOptional
  16. 2 points
    Now I have a huge bias towards this school, but we're not competing in KMEA for a probably a good while. I think that South Oldham, in the future could have the potential to make finals. For the past few years we've had some very solid programs (such as 2018 "All Hallows' Eve" could have made it). Since 2014, we've really seen a decline in numbers and they've been steady at around 70-75 performers. If we could get those number up a little and start stepping up our game, we could be a huge player if we return to KMEA. Now, I'm a senior so I obviously wound be in any more shows after this year, but I have faith that South could make a recovery in the future (hopefully this year lol). Some other bands I would like to see back in finals are Tates Creek, Russel, Central Hardin (Loved their show last year), Male, and Meade.
  17. 2 points
    Exactly, and it's not about us at all, but rather the kids and giving them something positive after the last 5 months. I personally think it's going to be important to their mental health and having some sense of normalcy after not being able to attend the last 3 months of the school year. It isn't about us and our feelings, or what we want to see happen or not at all. I'd rather see the kids happy that they get to have a season even though it might be the worst season due to circumstances. I'd rather not be able to attend a competition than these kids not get a season.
  18. 2 points
    So, basically turn ourselves into OMEA😂 I understand all sides of everyone's arguments bc they all some validity to them. I personally don't have an issue with kmea doing what ever they can to salvage some sort of season for the kids. Will it be perfect? Nope. But I will take what I can get and so will the kids. Of course $ is a factor for KMEA and always will be. That's reality. I also agree that yes, as a whole, few seemed upset when concert season was canceled and yes much music education is taught there. However, although us true musicians and music lovers may be the majority here on the forums, in the real world we are the minority. Marching band is fun, exciting and competitve and that's why it brings in the $$. Its why after every state comp we all congregate here to fight to the death on who should have won. We can see past the flash and gimmicks that transfixed an audience and say yes that was cool but the music performance was subpar. There is plenty of music education being taught on the field and the proof is listening to a group at the beginning of season compared to the end season. There is no easy fix for this season and I cant be the only one who never guessed she might have to argue not only points of music and visuals but now possibly internet band width. I mean what would that judges tape sound like? " Beautiful tone coming from the mello section and great technique battery. Visually a very thought provoking show which I would give high marks to but unfortunately had to deduct a couple of tenths due to buffering " 😂 At least we have something new to argue about y'all! Lol.
  19. 2 points
    You must be familiar with a different KMEA than I am. Some have their heart in the right place; others can't see past their nose (i.e. egos). And don't think for a second that it's not about the money...........because it is. I'll gladly eat crow if I am wrong.
  20. 2 points
    That is not financially viable. Hosts must make $$$$ to pay judges. The goal with the restart of school is the continuation of music education. Virtual learning and events will likely have to be a part of the process all year. Do not plan on or expect 20-21 being normal. This year will be about keeping things afloat and providing adapted music education experiences in a covid 19 world. In a post covid 19 world many things will eventually return to normal. Local HS band will look like it did before. Nationally things may be different. I’m not sure Music for All (BOA) and DCI can survive a year (or longer) without events.
  21. 1 point
    I personally think that this would be the most reasonable thing at this point. Would hate to see it since this is my girl's senior year. But... you know, we'll survive. She will hopefully play her instrument in college, and we'll come back and cheer our band on after she's graduated.
  22. 1 point
    I mean KMEA is still a business that still needs money to survive. I’m sure there are people in the ranks of KMEA that does, in fact, only look at the money. but that is a needed aspect of every business. Non profits, charities, state band associations, all have to look at their money and make sure there is some coming in and make moves to make it and preserve it. Money smart choices will have to be made wether we like those choices or not, they are made for a reason. It’s not rainbows and fairies people... the fact is. There’s no money in comps without spectators. But there is also no money in virtual competitions. If it comes to that it would be the money smart decision to just simply not have a competitive band season. I’d rather have KMEA around In 2022 than have them die in 2020 because they poured money into something that’s not at all viable. there are other ways to expand music education beyond the field. Nobody was this upset about concert band being canceled which is arguably the more important side of music education.
  23. 1 point
    My thought exactly. I understand that nothing alternative is ideal, but the entire circumstance is ideal. If it’s at all possible for the kids to have any semblance of a competitive season while staying safe, than anything in that regard is better to me than nothing at all. It disappoints me that people don’t seem to want an alternative season if they can’t view it in person.
  24. 1 point
    I guess I'm wrong in thinking we have to do anything we can to give these kids any sort of season. Shame on me.
  25. 1 point
    It was discussed that bands would live stream their performance to a central base for the competition, and judges would be judging from home while watching the stream. Yes, this was a viable option because it would give the kids some sort of season. This isn't about us, as spectators, but the kids. They are what is most important right now because it is on their shoulders for the continuance of the activity after this. If they don't have a season this year a lot of programs will see dips in numbers, so to repeat what I said a few posts up, do anything to give these kids a season.