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Re: S & E pieces
Posted by oltnm on 1/11/2018, 8:32 pm, in reply to "S & E pieces"
This is a situation where how the system was designed no longer fits the reality of the situation. The Class 3 list was created for JH 8th and 9th graders (and back then a lot of 9th graders were still in true JHs - those are almost all gone). UIL had a MS S&E contest. Most 9th graders played a Class 3, or a few of the top students played a Class 2. 10th grade you played a Class 2. 11th Grade you played a Class 2 or Class 1, and 12th Grade you played a Class 1. By the way, back then very few 9th graders auditioned for TMEA Region Band. More and more 7th graders started going to S&E with a Class 3, Class 2 as 8th graders, then playing Class 1s as freshmen. Then UIL drops the JH contest, but doesn't drop the part of Class 3 that was intended for JH (Legend for Sax?). Add in letter jacket requirements where kids (and mommas) want those points for playing a Class 1 (whether they can play it or not) so they can get a jacket their freshman year instead of as a senior as was tradition and you get where we are. Kids playing Class 1s 9-12. Maybe UIL is actually trying to move that easier end of the Class 1 list to Class 2 in order to make the system actually relevant for what is going on. Most 9th graders should be playing Class 2s and Class 3s (or what should be on those lists).
I do agree that percussion is a little bit of a different animal because of instrumentation.
: Hey all!
: Make sure you check the PML for CHANGES to
: pieces! Long standing 1s are now 2s,
: changing a lot of those "go-to"
: I hope you haven't given out a 2 (now)
: thinking it was a 1, and once you are
: putting in entries find out that there is
: not a possibility of advancement (if you
: attend TSSEC).
: Steps onto soapbox....
: As a percussionist, I am frustrated that so
: many playable ensembles for MANY SMALL
: SCHOOLS have been relegated to the class 2
: list now, being replaced with ensembles that
: call for equipment that MANY of us do not
: have. Many of us are lucky to have a
: xylophone and set of bells, much less 3
: marimbas and much of the equipment needed
: for many of the class 1 ensembles now. Other
: mixed ww and brass ensembles have been move,
: Judges may not change from year to year and
: get tired of hearing those pieces, but the
: students are changing! It's new to
: THEM...isn't that for whom we are here???