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Re: Area Marching Contest
I would argue the opposite. Ending at the Region contest every other year gives many bands the opportunity to end on a positive. "We made our First Division!" Or you can end on, "We made our First Division, but at Area finished in 28th place." The way I look at it, only a handful of playoff football teams end the year on a win. Everyone else ends in a measure of disappointment. Is beating the other guy in band really that important? However, it looks like the horse may be out of the barn.
I doubt it is money. However, marching band isn't getting cheaper so it would help for sure!
I think this is a great idea because a lot of bands get first divisions. To me it is anticlimactic to end the season the exact same way every year if you always end non-state year with a first division. It's less expensive than hosting state every year and it just gives us a little more of an exciting ending. I love the idea and look forward to doing this.
I'm curious...I know the proposals lists:
"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..