"Holding the area marching band contest every year, while still holding the state contest in alternating years, would give schools an annual season culminating ranked UIL event."
But what purpose would having Area every year really serve? Just the chance to perform one more time? Don't most schools already have an "annual Season? realistically...the bands that don't/won't advance to area already know...so it's really only extending the "annual season" for those bands that do advance....which I would venture to guess is a very small amount compared to the actual number of programs across the state..