So since we are getting a lot of changes to marching band in KMEA this year, it really makes me think of another question I also have. Should we change the format of how state concert assessment is done? Concert band I feel like really gets looked over a lot in this state and is on the back burner in some places. Might just be where I am from and what I have personally experienced, but I've had others say similar things to me. Ultimately, if you were to ask me the format of what I would ideally want KMEA state concert assessment to be like, this is what I would propose:
Change the format to one similar to what NABBA (North American Brass Band Association) uses for their championships (summary in following bullets)
Bands receive an actual score instead of a rating
Judges are blind, they do not see or know is performing. Their scores come solely from what they hear. They will only be told a band is about to perform (band a or band b, or band 1 or band 2, etc)
KMEA requires 2 pieces be performed, one selected by KMEA that all bands will perform and one that the director of the band will choose.
Yeah, it sounds pretty strict, but I have seen this system in action and it works pretty well. Just throwing it out there with all the changes coming to marching band this year, I think KMEA should consider making changes to state concert assessment as well.