If UIL wants to lower the percentage to make it more consistent with the other classifications then 1A would only be able to send 5 from the entire state.(Using 13% as the factor; 13% of 39 = 5) So if that happens, how does UIL accomplish that? An area contest separate from the region contest like all the other classifications? A separate area contest under UIL regulations would look like this for 1A schools:
Regions 1, 6, and 16 have 22 of the 39 bands (Area A)
Region 7 is the only region with 1A in Area B (7 Bands)
Regions 4 and 21 are in Area C (2 Bands)
Region 8 is in Area D (3 Bands)
Regions 11 and 12 are in Area E (5 Bands)
Regions not listed do not have 1A band programs or did not enter in 2019.
If this separate area contest format were to be used, then 15 bands would qualify for state. (Area A=4, B=3, C=2, D=3, E=3) That is only 4 less bands than in 2019 lowering the percentage to 39%. Still higher than all the other classifications. This is assuming that all bands receive a first division and advanced to the area competition. I think Area A band would have something to say about this with such large numbers of bands located in that part of Texas.
Bottom line - ask the 1A directors for solutions instead of trying to pass this through without anyone in the state knowing. I spoke with two superintendents yesterday that had no knowledge of this proposal even being on the ballot. Not to mention many 1A directors never hearing anything about this. What is wrong with the process as it has been since 2015?
Justification for the pilot program in 2015 states: "Possible benefits could include more growth and development of 1A band programs, leading to a higher number of 1A schools that have a band and an increase in student engagement in those schools."
This is exactly what has happened but now evidently it is too much.