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Tim last won the day on October 27 2018

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  1. Tim

    Box 5 media

    No, that's not why some people give arbitrary 5-star ratings on there. It's typically to counterbalance the "reviewers" who give the product 1 star for the dumbest reasons. "This doesn't even work on my Apple computer!" Well, no, because it specifically states in the product description that it's for PC. Many critical reviews can be chalked up to either customer failure to do proper research or nitpicking over mostly or completely irrelevant things. That's why you can't always go with average customer review on there. Never did I think I would be agreeing with -- much less defending -- Tim Snyder, but I guess there's a first time for everything. I get the frustration felt by a lot of people toward Box5, and it seems like a large amount of it involves customer service. The fact of the matter is that most of the complaints Mr. Snyder receives, on here and through phone and email, are things that he has already addressed in this thread. I get that a lot of people are going to be upset unless they get a DVD they can pop into their player or computer, but those same people are either completely ignoring or failing to do the research to discover the reason why they don't offer it. (By the way, Mr. Snyder, maybe that question and answer could be put into a FAQ on your site to help people understand what you discussed here?) There's also the fact that there is a lot of misplaced anger and blame being leveled at Box5. As Mr. Snyder has explained, the real villain behind the pricing is Tresona, who has been given far more legal power than they should have. Tresona is waging a full-scale war using copyright laws as they stand now, and until these laws are brought up-to-date or rebalanced to limit Tresona's reach (which I can guarantee will not happen for some time, if at all), pricing for copyrighted content will be higher than some are comfortable with. This phenomenon is even more noticeable with smaller markets like marching band, because there is less money involved, and a larger portion of it must go toward copyright purchasing. Also, Mr. Snyder is absolutely right about the fact that there is a culture of toxicity in all forms of social media, because there are people out there who feel emboldened to say things that they would not normally say or that they know are unnecessarily rude because they know there is no accountability for them, since their identity is concealed behind a username. That's why I made the decision to stop hiding my identity and put my real name on here. I own everything I say online, because anything I would say on here I would say in person, as well. And I'm not saying that everyone or even most people on this forum fall into this category, but there are definitely a good deal of people I would classify as "bad actors". I wonder... If you sat a bunch of fans and parents down in front of a 60-inch 4K TV and showed them video files of marching bands from a flash drive for an hour, and then switched over to a DVD with its reduced resolution, how many of them would praise the DVD for its "superior quality"... P.S.- If you don't read anything else in this post, then please read this: Just because someone disagrees with your opinion, that does not mean they are saying you can't have an opinion. It's okay to disagree, because opinions are neither right nor wrong. Some simply choose to back up their opinions with evidence supporting it. Why? Because some believe in the axiom that knowledge is power. You don't have to believe that, but they do. People so things and approach things differently, and that's okay. You can be different than someone else and still be a valued member of the community.
  2. Tim

    SMBC 2020 Location

    Just to give a comprehensive look at SMBC venue availability (as it stands right now): EKU - off 24th, away 31st, home 7th Murray St. - off 24th, home 31st, away 7th UofL - all dates TBA UK - away 24th, off 31st, away 7th WKU - all dates TBA I went ahead and threw in Murray St. for you far west peeps who still dream of it going back there someday.
  3. Oh no... Kentucky just lost one of its best music educators. He was someone I considered a friend and I always enjoyed talking to him whenever we would bump into each other at competitions or on facebook when another season was drawing near. His personality, his sense of humor, and his ability to find enjoyment in just about anything involving music were truly unique. I'm going to miss him. Rest in peace, good friend. 💔
  4. That one was titled "The Epic Struggle". I'm going a little off the reservation with my picks. I wanted to give a little recognition to some shows that haven't been mentioned much so far. Keep in mind, I agree about the shows I didn't mention in these lists, like Adair's conTempo or Lafayette's Allure, but I wanted to spread the love a little bit. Favorites of the 2010s: 1. Anderson County 2012 - My Secret Identity 2. Murray 2010 - Targeted 3. Madisonville-North Hopkins 2011 - Lost in the Darkness, Chasing the Light 4. Murray 2011 - The REMedy 5. Dixie Heights 2011 - Dash 6. North Hardin 2012 - Venom 7. Murray 2018 - Omega 8. Bullitt East 2018 - Blank Canvas 9. Danville 2012 - Dante's Afterworld 10. Boyle County 2014 - Fixation Favorites From My Lifetime: 1. Mercer County 2009 - Life in Technicolor 2. Nicholas County 2000 - A Russian Celebration 3. North Hardin 2009 - Ka 4. Adair County 2008 - Supernatural 5. Garrard County 2008 - Beyond the Infinite 6. George Rogers Clark 2005 - Celebration 7. Tates Creek 2000 - The Planets 8. South Oldham 2009 - Aurora Borealis 9. Paul Laurence Dunbar 2007 - My Immortal 10. Washington County 2008 - Deja View
  5. Tim

    2019 Finals Thread

    Probably throwing shade at the new class A and its rebuilding process. Way to appreciate the groups who are from some of the poorest, most rural parts of the state and put on a solid marching production despite those limitations.
  6. Tim

    Changes, one year in

    This is the first year KMEA has had this new judging system. It would be a shame if even more of the state's best high school bands were to abandon this new system without really giving the judges a chance to grow accustomed to it. Yeah, a lot of bands didn't get the outcome they were hoping for, but an experiment will only yield useful results if given abundant data to analyze. Also, this is just me, but I personally would rather fight for changes or tweaks to the current system and try to build it into something that worked as well as possible for as many school music programs as possible. No changes will be brought about if no dissent is made against the current status quo, and no improvements will be made without good feedback. I do not fault any director who chooses to steer their band toward a different circuit, but I hope there are also a number of directors who have these beliefs and want to fight to keep improving KMEA rather than simply abandon it when they lose faith in the current system to work for them. That said, I hope the current assembly will remain open to suggestions of tweaks and changes to the current system as they try new things. Also, I don't know if this is ever going to happen, but I believe the current hybrid classification system should be weighted so that school size counts twice as much as band size. That way, there will be less likelihood of manipulating band size and schools will remain grouped with other schools who have similar resource pools. Just my two cents.
  7. Tim

    Semifinals results

    What he meant was that the kids currently in 3 of the 4 1A finalist bands have never experienced it because those bands have not been to finals since long before any of those kids joined.
  8. Keep in mind, guys, Dunbar went on first, and KMEA judges are very conservative with their scores for the first band. Because the first band was a really good one, that probably means scores will be low across the board.
  9. Not yet, Chase. Phil, Henderson acquitted themselves quite well today. Show design is a significant jump from what I've seen from them in the past. This is 2 years in a row when Eastern has had a singer in their show, and they've done it very tastefully both times. Finalist announcements starting now.
  10. Tim

    Morehead 9/28

    Not surprised. Judging is always... Interesting at this competition. Good news for Bourbon is that history tells us that's a good thing for them, though. Typically, bands who get upset at Morehead see favorable results later in the season.
  11. Madison Central has zero 8th graders in their marching band. This comes from a very reliable source.
  12. Tim

    BOA Finals Results

    These are probably way off because I'm not as experienced with BOA, but here are my predictions for finals placements according to what I saw on flomarching: 1. Broken Arrow 2. Tarpon Springs 3. Carmel 4. Blue Springs 5. Avon 6. Wando 7. Homestead 8. William Mason 9. O'Fallon Township 10. Prosper 11. Dobyns-Bennett 12. Jenks
  13. Tim


    Open the door Get on the floor Everybody walk the dinosaur
  14. Tim


    There are, they're just frozen. That's not what I meant, though. :-p
  15. Tim


    Well, the world would include his lake, so why not shoot for the moon?