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Re: Elephant in the room
"Luck of the draw" order has made a big difference in the results of every contest I have seen. Having to perform after a previous state champ has hurt my band's final placing. We were a small 2a band at state marching after Sundown twice. Discounting different judging panels from pre-lims to finals and the variance of quality in each band's performance, I have continually witnessed bands moving up & down depending on their performance position in relation to strong or weak bands. I have seen this even more so in the Honor Band state level. There are just too many bands for the judges to remember your band if it is early out of the shoot.