Only twice in the day. Area in the morning in the dome. State in the evening with no finals. The issue with that is no time between performances to improve the group.
The purpose is to have all 1As compete against each other since talent is stacked in some regions and not in others.
I personally would like 1A to be treated the same as all other classifications. A competition such as area makes sense but the problem is many areas do not have 1A programs that are successful.
If the legislative committee prefers to shove something down at us such as taking the top 3 bands per classification at region marching and require no zoning and that all bands march at the same contest then so be it. At least all classifications would be treated the same.
You could save a ton of money having area competition around the state by eliminating the need for the contest.