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Re: Directors Choice “March”
Last year we played a gallop written by a contemporary composer and the judge, a world famous major university director, only made the commit that he knew the composer, and this was not one of his favorite pieces- no critique- no positive or negative observations, just he didn't care for the piece.
So sometimes just a little off the beaten path and you are at risk.
There are so many good marches, just suck it up and pick one.
I doubt the getting "hammered" was about the march or title. I'm betting it was more about the performance. If a judge commented on the piece itself, it may have been in reference to whether or not the band had the instrumentation or ability to handle the piece. As far as what you pick to program, if the march is not a real march, your executive secretary will make that call, not the judge. The contest chairman or exec. sec. will DQ you for not following the programming rules if this is the case.
some of these judges need to go...
they are there to judge performance, not program selection. Who cares if its "non traditional" if they play it well.