: Through the lenses of FloMarching, I was able
: to watch the bands at Grand Nationals in
: Here are some personal thoughts on what I
: saw - pardon the sarcasm as I’ve gotten more
: blunt during my retired years.
: 1). I hate having to think and guess what
: these dark and twisted shows are trying to
: convey in concept. I somewhat prefer the
: days when the audience was just dumbed down
: and entertained with theme shows...e.g.-Les
: Mis, Phantom Opera, WestSideStory. Many of
: the shows at GN were overproduced and
: difficult to follow.
: 2). What was once good, became bad and is
: now good again....hmm. I.e - Ear piercing
: volume at gross decibels is making a
: comeback or at least that is what the judges
: rankings indicate.
: 3). Herald Trumpets should not be played by
: marginal teenage players at that Ear
: Piercing volume I mentioned in #2!
: Very very grotesque tone quality to say the
: 4). Voice overs ruin a show. Have never
: liked it and never will....but then again
: some bands really need it to explain their
: show concept.
: 5). Woodwind runs - 16th notes at 160bpm are
: mandatory in order to get woodwind exposure
: credit. They don’t have to be clean as long
: as you start and stop together and move your
: fingers fast in between. Judges are easily
: wowed by this!!!
: ( I’m being sarcastic just in case you didnt
: 6). Drum Major salutes have to be at least
: 16 counts long and include interpretive body
: 7). One armed uniform tops are tasteless.
: Armpit hair should not be visible within the
: band members. Please no more sleeveless
: 8). Head Gear - it used to be all about
: ‘Plume Envy’. We went from 10” plumes to
: 14”, then 16”, 18”.
: Now it’s everything but the kitchen sink on
: your hat/head.
: I saw puzzle pieces, motorcycle helmets,
: balls stacked on top of balls, City
: Skylines, etc. on hats.
: 9). 20+ Pink P-Bones look cool but sound
: like a freight train.
: Not kidding, a band put down their perfectly
: good trombones to play Pink Pbones.
: Sacrificed tone to create a visual
: moment....it backfired IMO.
: 10). Saxophone is the new black.....the
: mandatory oboe soloist was replaced by the
: Soprano Sax.
: The Saxophone quartet became the chamber
: ensemble of choice on the Marching field in
: 11). The required body move for almost every
: band was the “squat in 2nd position and turn
: the knee in move”. I’m sure it has a name
: but who cares as long as you include it at
: least 6 to 8 times in the show to meet the
: 12). There’s a band in Flower Mound that
: still makes the most gorgeous, balanced and
: resonant ensemble sound..... that band
: didn’t win the Music Caption as it
: should’ve. The loud ear piercing bands tied
: for that caption.
: 13). You no longer have to march in step
: with good technique from Point A to Point B.
: The trend now is to just flutter or run set
: to set and call it interpretive body
: 14). It’s 2017 and Drum Major salutes are
: still corny.
: Again, Just some of my thoughts. Let’s hear
: some of yours.
: I used to be a big proponent of the BOA
: system as it was furthering the activity and
: helped my band become better because of the
: individual accountability. Now as I’ve grown
: older and wiser, I’ll take the UIL judging
: system and what it does for Music Education
: over BOA any day.