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LongTimeBandMan

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  1. Oh, I don't disagree with you for the most part. KMEA had to stop allowing Adair to compete above its class back around 1990 because they, as an A class band, were beating AAA bands. Solidly. By 4 or 5 points at State. But I believe when you place the bands and the directors into the band scenes of particular time periods, some accomplishments don't stack up as well as others. And by the same token, some directors who aren't in your list probably would have been save for factors not wholly within their control. But as you demonstrated, that's a very long topic to delve into. 🤔🙂
  2. "Success" as a band director can be defined in a lot of ways . Assuming you mean finals appearances, some once-in-a-lifetime accomplishments on this list might be more impressive than others. Pauletta Smith from Hazard of all places is pretty impressive. Porter at CH had the benefit of competing in AAA. Even up until recent pre-COVID years, CH would have remained a perennial AAA contender as opposed to "might get a 4th place after the Big 3" in AAAA. Ask anyone from Eastern, CH, Grayson, PLD, etc how they'd fare in AAA vs AAAA whether it's today or back in the early 90's. Their director(s) wou
  3. Can you imagine the grief KMEA would get with the almost inevitable technological/streaming issues and critique of the online 'judging'? People will be a lot more forgiving of some third party... "Well, at least they tried". As opposed to "KMEA ruined it!".
  4. I was told one took a job in another county, and the other is now an assistant principal. What I hear is there was a huge drop in the number of students signing up for marching band, although the concert band numbers didn't change much. And then COVID hit, which knocked a few on the fence into the 'not worth the effort' group. I hope that's not the case. CH always seemed to have a good group of kids and a decent band for a school that historically focused more on their sports teams than their band. Any program faces special challenges with a director change. Th
  5. I thought you of all people would appreciate that post
  6. I think there's a better-than-average chance you're correct. Pandering to scary headlines is more valuable to some administrations than looking at the actual numbers: "The Kentucky Football Coaches Association put out a graphic last week regarding COVID response and mitigation data. Of 190 schools reporting with 10,962 football players in the programs, 96 tested positive (0.875 percent) and none were traced back to football workouts. There were 1,760 staff and support staff tested and 17 were positive (0.965 percent) and nine were traced back to football workouts
  7. ...except for band. If we could only have had this decision 6 weeks ago. Too late for the marching season. 😭 https://www.wave3.com/2020/08/20/watch-live-khsaa-make-final-decision-fall-sports/
  8. My thought would be the directors and/or staff members of the bands involved. Or friends of the same who live nearby. People who wouldn't need to worry about travel restrictions and would be willing to work pro bono. Likely people with few degrees of separation from some or all of the participants and therefore difficult to be found convincingly impartial. Perfectly acceptable for a fun festival type of event, but fodder for complaints in a 'true competition'. And we get enough of that in a non-pandemic year. Ultimately, if you want a 'competition', my thought is that you should not cut corner
  9. You could probably get local judges to volunteer. I'm not sure locals would provide scores - too many would complain about partiality. But they would more likely provide feedback tapes in a festival event. Local events wouldn't be beholden to the school for transportation, either. Parents and students can handle their own. Crowd/gathering size limits of 10 or fewer present another problem, however.
  10. This is a great idea, and I know of at least one area of the state that was looking at possibly doing an area-wide festival type event not long before COVID-19 hit. It would be nice if they were still trying to put this together. I love band, and love the idea of competition that brings out the best in people. If some groups can pull off putting together a competitive event, that's great. Competitive events present even greater logistical challenges in the world of COVID-19. Not the least of which is money. Judges need to be paid, facilities need to be cleaned to new standards, transp
  11. Actually, the ability for a child under 10 to pass COVID-19 to others is almost nil. No one understands why, but the prevailing theory involves immature bodies not having the ACE receptors equivalent to older persons. A person's ability to transmit COVID-19 to others only begins to approach that of adults in middle to late high school. And I haven't seen the evidence yet that household members "will almost assuredly get it too". When it comes to 'spreading' the disease, no credible person has ever stated the virus can possibly be contained. Flattening the curve is the best outcome you c
  12. I would respectfully disagree that we've 'failed' to mitigate this virus. But that's a long and tedious discussion of statistics, the normal course of novel contagious diseases, the intricacies of modern interconnected society, and to a lesser extent, the validity of your information sources. Nothing anyone wants clogging a band forum, certainly. What is more applicable in this forum would be contextualizing the idea of student 'safety' and the novel COVID-19. In the simplest terms I can think of, children have an exponentially greater chance of being injured or dying from accidental pois
  13. Don't get me wrong. I absolutely agree with you that we should have been able to have a marching season. I also believe that we should all be sending students back to school this year - with the exception of truly high risk households. We should continue to protect the vulnerable (e.g. nursing homes), and do obvious mitigations to delay the spread of the disease (i.e. masks). And it is a tough pill to swallow if you look at kids playing football and other contact sports while the activity we all love has been sidelined. But soooo much more goes into preparing for a marching season than,
  14. There's always the opportunity to tell your kids that you are disappointed. That you believe that they should have the opportunity to compete, also. But there's also an opportunity to show them how to make the best of bad situations - situations that you have no ability to modify. That supporting the rest of your school family is a worthy endeavor, despite your disappointment. That character is how you face disappointment, even more so than when you get everything you desire. That the bonds of your band can survive in the face of adversity. That might have more value than telling everyon
  15. I always find the discussion about the use of middle school students in marching band interesting. Middle school students have marched in KMEA bands since the very first year of KMEA SMBC. Some very successful programs have years when 20% (or more) of the students on the field are middle schoolers. If the directors and parents believe these kids are mature enough to dedicate themselves to a season, then I'm not sure what the problem is. Assuming we get to march again in 2021, I suspect the percentage of middle school students asked to join will be higher than ever as bands look to rebuild.
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