However, I would encourage you to take your group to UIL as soon as possible. As soon as they have the potential to make a division 2, you need to go. It might be painful the first go around, but UIL contest is an important event for our activity. It lends educational legitimacy to your program.
Small and young groups can be successful at UIL. Program smart, and make the emphasis on basic marching fundamentals and consistently good tone quality.
Thank you for trying to do what is best for your students. They are lucky to have a director who asks these kind of questions. Sometimes itís hard to know what to do, but it sounds like youíre on the right track.