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  1. Unknown

    Grand Nationals

    For the most part, it is a high school activity. (___ High School band you may take the field...) So if that truly was the case, then it wasn't a case of that child being left out when they were in 7th grade. It was a case of them getting an extra privilege in 8th grade for qualifying for a high school activity. In general, I don't believe 7th grade should be on the field at all. I believe their focus should be on mastering their instrument in a concert setting and not being distracted with marching band. There are always exceptions to that, and some can handle it, and it sounds like this would allow those students a chance to partake in an activity that is for high school students. Same with the 8th grade students. You just mentioned how that student worked harder and came back to make it. They got five years of what would normally be a four year activity, sounds like that should've been their mental focus.
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    Grand Nationals

    Based on that parent's comments, just a screener to see what they're working with.
  3. Unknown

    Grand Nationals

    Some of the other facts that were confirmed by a band parent were that the Estill "auditions" were also more of screeners than auditions.
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    Box 5 media

    You have your opinion, I have mine. I never said that you should not give your opinion, but I did say it was wrong to demonize them. I will respectfully drop this now. Have a great rest of your night.
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    Box 5 media

    It's amazing how opinions work. That whole two sides thing and all...
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    Box 5 media

    If they're saying things such as "they have the market cornered" and posting throughout that people should avoid talking about them, acting like they're some evil entity, then sure. They're not an evil group rubbing their hands together saying "YESSSSS, this will rustle their jimmies on that band board just nicely!". I understand being unhappy with not getting a disc. I personally would prefer the downloads, but know that if I was getting something physical I'd prefer the disc. But they also explained why there was a shift in not being able to do it. You can still buy the shows, you can still have some type of physical thing holding the shows, but yes the physical container changed. It seems ridiculous to get this upset when what they're still filming is very good and is from people that do care about the arts here in Kentucky. Flo wouldn't dream of caring about filming in Kentucky. If they did, enjoy just a single camera view. Spreading of limited production, maybe we could get Mr. Video to come back with their duo cameras and terrible (for 2019) audio? Oh, but you can't get them because bankruptcy is a thing since it's very hard to get a profit in filming marching bands - even when they had state circuits like UIL. Box 5 gives a good production, and they do care about what they do - especially here in their home state. They're not making changes to anger you, and certainly not to try and lose sales. They feel this is the best (and only) option available given their circumstances. Quit taking it personally.
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    Box 5 media

    Flo isn't available in KMEA because they're not the ones contracted to produce it. Which is also because Flo could not care less about securing the rights for a state circuit like this when they're already struggling to juggle DCI and BOA, both of which fall lower than what Flo does on their sports side as well, and you can thank copyright and sync laws for this. Quit demonizing the group trying to actually spend time and effort in bringing a quality production to KMEA. You might disagree with this choice, but they have explained their reasoning in doing so.
  8. Unknown

    Grand Nationals

    The way I see it in being different isn't that it's pulling talent from a larger area, but that it's pulling the resources of multiple schools. Yes, the talent is one part, but it pulls the resources in a way that other schools wouldn't be able to do. But, I see that side as well. Like I said, I'm kinda in the middle with it but just giving why I'm kinda torn with it. I'm not quite as torn with it when it comes to BOA. That is 'band vs. band', so if the Lexington Township band or Elizabethtown Performance Ensemble wanted to go destroy some things I'd be more okay with it. But I feel at state competitions it should be more 'school band vs. school band', at least at SMBC.
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    Grand Nationals

    I don't fully disagree with you on this, to an extent I do feel the same way. But, what should be the line for combining schools? Same district? Same county? lets just say for example that North Hardin kept with KMEA and placed second or third this year again, then the Hardin Performance Ensemble was established between them, John Hardin, and Central Hardin. They go on to win next year. Is that a positive factor for competition or KMEA as a circuit? What about Campbell County that then only has the resources of one HS in their county vs Hardin County? It then no longer is high school vs high school, which is what I feel the competition should be.
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    Grand Nationals

    I've been torn on that a bit. My first reaction was that they should be able to compete and attend contests leading up to SMBC. But, then I also feel that it could be considered "unfair" to the other groups at those contests they do attend. If Ohio County (for example, just the first school that came to mind) was at a contest with CoHop and was beat by them - but the year prior had handily beat both Hopkinsville and Christian Co. and knew they could likely take them on again this year - they would feel kinda stiffed by this move. I know it's just a regular season contest, but still... CoHop was just one instance of this happening and it might not have mattered too much if they were allowed to attend those contests, if it happened again in the future though such as now when both Hopkinsville and Christian Co are much stronger than they were at the time, then it would be a super powerful force there in the west. The schools competing against them wouldn't view it as fair and I'd argue that the students in that combined band might not view their wins as fair either.
  11. I only got to deal with Andy a couple of times, but that was enough to know he was a pretty great guy. Thoughts and prayers for his family and friends, and all of the many students he had an impact on over his career.
  12. Unknown

    SMBC 2020 Location

    My understanding is that it's $125 to register your band for KMEA ($250 to register for orchestra, choir, and band) - which is needed each year to participate in KMEA events. To take your band to SMBC events, it is then an additional $100. Most will obviously need to do the $250 (all KMEA-sanctioned events) + $100 (SMBC). This may have changed recently, but this is what it was a few years ago at least.
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    SMBC 2020 Location

    A lot of things can happen, but I'm glad they were still grinning and knowing they gave it their all. Harrison is an amazing group! As long as they take pride in what they do, those numbers and placements won't matter so much in the end. I remember in high school a moment where we were super happy with our performance, we felt we did amazing and were just incredibly proud of what we did. Then we received placements, and everyone just became super upset over it. Our director, once we arrived back at the school, had us gather around a trash bin. He took the recap and set it on fire, telling us how we shouldn't let that sheet of paper dictate how happy or not we were with what we did on the field. It's a subjective activity, everything comes down to the judges tastes and preferences in the end. If we're always trying to please them just to earn numbers, we'll be disappointed every single time.
  14. Unknown

    SMBC 2020 Location

    You've completely missed my point. That's exactly what I'm saying. I'm saying to those kids making that great accomplishment, they did not care at all about what numbers were associated with them, they cared about that wonderful experience. I'm on your side. Relax and re-read all of the posts leading to that. My second point in that post was saying how if there were any groups that DID care about those numbers, they should think of the groups sitting out that would much rather be in their shoes.
  15. Unknown

    SMBC 2020 Location

    Please read the last part of my edit, that's what I feel regarding with what happens at semis. I think that due to only four groups getting through, this is why we see more buffing and then decrease. Regarding why DCI is stable, I think it's more due to the fact that they see those judges throughout the year and typically see incremental points increases from them all year - through much more frequent competitions. It's also due to simply more consistency from the groups themselves honestly. Everyone very much 'stays in their lane' with scoring DCI.
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