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theblowtorch last won the day on April 25

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  1. theblowtorch

    Overdue for a comeback

    Tates Creek Louisville Male GRC Grant Co Williamstown Dixie Heights Scott HS Daviess Co Boyle Co Hazard
  2. theblowtorch

    Jobs OPEN in 2020//

    The county I reside in and every county that boarders it have cut extra service pay for 20-21. It’s way more than 5 to 10 districts across the state. Just with my contacts I can name 22 school districts making these cuts. Schools are required by law to notify employees of salary reductions by May 15. They are not jumping the gun, they are covering their tails in case of a financial crisis (which is coming). The state lost an estimated 500 million in tax revenue for the months of March and April. When May and June numbers are added in the situation will be catastrophic and that will impact every school district across the state. The governor has said the budget situation for the next fiscal year will be painful for every state agency and program.
  3. theblowtorch

    Jobs OPEN in 2020//

    False. I know quite a few band directors that have already lost their extra service pay and extended days for 2020-21. When the state finalizes the budget cuts for 2020-21 you will likely see band, choir, orchestra, art, and world language teachers getting the boot across the state.
  4. theblowtorch

    KYBAND.COM 2020 Contest Listing

    Contest managers select the date for their contests. A number of factors are involved in selecting a date to host a contest including facility availability, school approval for facility use, and fall break. For many districts that weekend in question is fall break. Changes in the contest schedule typically do not happen after the sanctioning meeting in April. The marching band committee doesn’t meet again until November. This year could be an exception due to the COVID 19 pandemic. I could see a situation where most of the September contests get wiped out and the current schedule gets redone to accommodate. There will probably be school districts that will not allow events in the fall and there will be some districts that will not allow spectators at events in which case a band contest probably wouldn’t be possible because programs need the gate money to pay the judging panel.
  5. theblowtorch

    KYBAND.COM 2020 Contest Listing

    No Madison Central contest this year.
  6. theblowtorch

    2020 Finals Predictions

    Bring back the downvote.
  7. theblowtorch

    2020 Finals Predictions

    My prediction is there will not be marching band in the fall of 2020.
  8. theblowtorch

    School Closings

    As of 5 pm today all Kentucky school districts have closed.
  9. theblowtorch

    School Closings

    117 of the 129 districts in Kentucky are closed/closing. Those holdouts will probably close by Monday.
  10. The Ohio Governor has asked for no spectators at indoor sporting events. I wonder if this will impact WGI?
  11. Not surprised. You can expect more events that involve a large gathering of people and traveling to be modified or cancelled. As the number of confirmed cases grows schools will likely close, schools will cancel travel, etc.
  12. theblowtorch

    SMBC 2020 Location

    New sources tell me that UK is off the table. EKU, WKU, and UL are in play.
  13. theblowtorch

    SMBC 2020 Location

    12 in semifinals, 6 in finals.
  14. theblowtorch

    SMBC 2020 Location

    October 31st. I have my sources.
  15. theblowtorch

    SMBC 2020 Location

    SMBC at UK in 2020.