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Re: UIL Do Not Play List
One year at a previous school we had to learn The Stars and Stripes Forever for a on field performance at the University of Houston Band Day. We spent so much time working on it that the HD decided to use it as her march for UIL. Made 1's.
Heck, I'm seriously looking at playing The Thunderer this year because I think it fits the band well. Maybe I'm crazy, but it wouldn't be the first time people thought that about my programming.
...I was given similar advice. I was told
Never do at UIL:
because you will get this from the judges...
"Oh they're doing Copland.
Are they doing Copland like *I* do Copland?
The reason I was given similar advice was because some judges may have preconceived ideas of how a piece should go and would be more critical on things like style choices and tempo choices. "Lincolnshire Posy" comes to mind. I also was told to stay away from Sousa marches for the same reason. I have since played several Sousa marches at contest. Never played LP.
However, don't let that stop you from programming these works for a concert. I have done "Carmina Burana" and " Elsa's Procession" for concerts. We did it without worrying about getting it "contest ready".
Bottom line, don't deprive your kids the experience of performing these great works because you don't want to perform them at contest.
They deserve to be exposed it.
I keep hearing about standard literature that people would "never play at UIL". I'm just curious about which pieces some of you have on that list and why. I'm trying to find a happy balance between having my students play some of the great literature for band, without running into certain stigmas at contest. For instance, someone told me along time ago "never do a Holst Suite at contest!"