1. I have seen UIL "Special Award" plaques that included Marching, Concert, and Sight Reading (not "Sweepstakes") from the late 1940's. Don't know about locations.
2. There were required manuevers, however this pre-dates me, even though I was in HS marching band in the early 1970's.
3. They looked for proper fit of the uniforms and the condition of the instruments/mouthpieces. The last Inspection prior to UIL Marching Contest in the region I was in was 1983.
4. I can remember Austin Crockett under the direction of Paula Crider in the mid to late 1970's.
5. They were awesome and obviously very successful.
6. I'm not sure about DCI, but I do remember most bands' drill "mirrored" each side. I don't remember a lot of asymmetrical designs until the 1980's.
This is what I can recollect. Some things I mentioned might not be exactly accurate.
Interested in some historical perspectives about the marching contest.
- When was the first UIL marching contest held? What part of the state?
- What were some of the required maneuvers marching bands had to do? When did the required maneuvers end?
- What all did judges look for during the uniform inspection When did the inspection aspect of the contest end?
- What were some of the earliest bands to begin transitioning away from military-style?
- How did these bands do at UIL contest if they participated?
- Was the drill similar to what DCI was doing at the time?
That's all I can think for now.