We have amazing band programs and we should celebrate all of the wonderful work our students did over this marching season. As a parent (who is also a band director), I got to go watch some amazing bands at an area contest, then go watch my child march in another contest. As I sat there - as a happy parent on a nice day- I was blown away at how great all of the band were. I was also a bit amused by the comments from students behind us and the parents next too and in front of us. If you have not done it lately, go undercover and just sit at a contest. You will learn a lot. In any case, instead of bashing judges who are just trying to do the very best job they can.... can we celebrate the wonderful work our bands have done? I hope so. We are so fortunate! And - go Stros!