Which brings us back to the discussion at hand: At the area and state levels, is it appropriate to certify a band that did not get a 1 to the next level of competition solely on the basis that they are the only band from a region (and in the past, as one poster mentioned, even at area) in that class?
Something else to think about. In my region, there is only one 1A band. This was a state year for 1A. This band got a 3 at region. They did not qualify for SMC because they did not get a 1. Even though 1A does not have an area round, by the logic in this discussion, they should have been certified to SMC anyway because they are the only 1A band in this region.