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Re: UIL Dictating Marching Music
I totally agree! I like these arrangers I have found who tailor a show to your bands levels and needs (small schools!) . In the end, judges or not, its about making those students better musicians. 8 mins of UIL is like the snapshot of what the stupid STARR test is. May or may not go well that day, but if consistent, your/my kids are better playing students!
Why do we let the UIL dictate marching music?
A great show is a great show with or without woodwind exposure or soloists.
The marching shows should be judged on the merits of the show, not because you checked all the boxes on the side of the judging sheet.
We should be able to play music that is best for our band and still be competitive because we played it well and marched it well even if that means we did not expose our woodwinds or have any solos.
While there is a list of music to choose from for concert season, we have the ability to look at the list and find music that is appropriate for our group and play it at contest and be successful.
I do not feel we are given that opportunity on the marching side once you get past the region level.