19 1A bands were at the state marching band contest
There are 1A bands at the State SMC with 60-80 students. Whiteface and Irion County come to mind.
Why do you feel 1A schools and students do not deserve the same recognition that all of the other classes receive in UIL/TMEA Music?
If numbers for an all state band are your issue, then make the size of the band smaller.
Band size does not matter for SMC or Honor Band.