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Re: Is SMC the hardest activity to advance to "State" in?
It is because smc relies more on opinion rather than quantifiable scoring. You get these aincient judges who can barely see or hear that will usually judge based on what they like and not necessarily execution. In a sport like tennis for example, you have one player scoring against another in real time. The band world requires the judges to listen to like 20-30 bands in an 11 or longer hour period and they’re supposed to rank bands that perform at 6am against bands that perform at 4pm. So yes I believe it’s more difficult because once all the notes are played and all the sets marched a big part of your scores is the judges personal liking of your school or show rather than the execution.
It seems like pretty regularly we have various events at our school advancing to "State." Everything from Tennis to Journalism.
Of course, we can only advance every other year, but do you think that out of every UIL event your school participates in, marching band is potentially the single most difficult event/activity that you can achieve?
Interested in your thoughts!