For every kid that is inspired by the process, there's one beaten down by it.
Students wouldn't have to wait a week for results if band directors would judge in a timely manner. Just saying, there.
And as for more reasons to not do it this way: You can GO BACK and listen to your ties in a recorded audition, not just hope that you broke them properly.
You can take more frequent mental breaks to make sure you're staying fresh as a judge with the room of 125 flutes.
No judge has to sit through the "30 second warm up" every 5 minutes. No judge or kid has to sit through the cacophony of the warmup gym/auditorium/cafeteria.
NO ONE has to stay out late until 9, 10, 11 at night (or later!) listening to auditions on a school night, especially during marching season.
No one has to listen to a kid play near the end of the audition process who has gotten their face completely worn out because they did too much during the day/warmups. You'll hear the kid's best effort every time.
This system only "works" because it's the way we've always done it. There is no legit reason that we can't have virtual auditions going forward.
Yes, there are ethical issues. Those ethical issues exist independently of the auditions, and mostly because there are virtually zero penalties to programs or directors for being unethical. People have "cheated" in Region audition for decades. We're still trying to figure out ways to get it under control. (My solution: The director AND the school both get a 3 year ban from entering kids into Region auditions, unless that director's employment is terminated by the district at the end of the year, in which case the school's ban is waived)