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Re: UIL Dictating Marching Music
Find a mentor. Most BDs are willing to give away their "secrets of success" if you are willing to listen and learn; someone in your area who has shown the ability to work through the issues you mention. There are many, MANY examples of currently successful BDs who have been mentored by other more "experienced" BDs.
Because if you play music that's best for your band, and it's not what the judges want to hear/see, you'll get a 4th division, or at best get a 1 but not advance.
Source: Every single inner city band that plays "SWAC" or "show" style, every military band, and every band without a $12,000 budget for props and drill writers.
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.