: I'm OLD.
: I remember when we had inspection as a
: separately judged event prior to marching
: I remember when the SMC was open to whomever
: wanted to attend. No pre-requisite needed.
: Pay the entry fee and go. I miss Dr. Pat.
: I remember when the first "change"
: happened. Any band who wanted to go to
: state had to declare that intent prior to
: the region marching contest. The judges at
: that contest chose 2 bands from each
: classification to advance.
: I remember when someone screamed and said -
: "That's not fair! Too many great bands
: are being left behind because they only pick
: two!" So they changed to include
: anyone who received a 1 at region. And it
: became Christmas at the region contests so
: that everyone in a classification could go
: to area and be sorted.
: I remember when we had the
: "Olympic" scoring system where we
: threw out the high and low scores. I can't
: remember exactly what year that was, but I
: remember it - like I said, I'm OLD.
: I remember when the entire SMC happened on
: one day in Austin. Each classification's
: prelims were at one of the HS stadiums and
: finals for all four (that was all because 1A
: had no state and 6A didn't exist yet)
: classes was at UT's stadium that night.
: I remember when they separated the classes
: and had some in Austin and some in Waco and
: that fateful year when it poured down rain
: so badly that kids got hurt in prelims
: slipping and sliding on the turf at Waco ISD
: stadium. And people complained so they moved
: to the Alamodome every year.
: I remember when the Governor's Cup was
: awarded to the most outstanding band at the
: contest regardless of classification and
: when a 4A school won over all the 5As. God
: bless Bill Brady - his bands were amazing.
: I remember the year a tiny little band from
: Laredo Nixon High School won the title.
: What an awesome trumpet player they had.
: The one thing we can count on is things can,
: will and do change.
: --Previous Message--
: After reading several of the posts below,
: anyone tell me why the UIL area and state
: judging system was changed to its current