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Re: Area and State marching
Apples & Oranges. The Region sheets do work...no argument there. With that said, Region does not rank bands against each other...unless you claim that you "beat" another band because you got a 2, and they got a 4. The Region sheets work for Region because at that level you are being evaluated (hmmm, where have I heard that word before?) only against a standard...not another band. The Region sheets reflect that objective.
The Area/State contests are not evaluations against a standard; they are a straight up competition between bands, ranking them from 50th Place all the way to Champion. They have never been advertised as anything else. A sheet set up like the Region sheets would not work at the Area/State levels as they are not designed for the purpose required at Area/State. The Area/State sheets are. Now, if you think the Area/State sheets need to be improved upon, this is where an example of a possible new format (still) needs to be introduced into the discussion.
The Region sheets were offered as an example as something that works. If you are riding a horse and someone drives by in a car and says the car works are you going to keep riding the horse to travel 100 miles?