Re: ATSSB All-State
Posted by DesertJazz on 1/23/2021, 8:18 pm, in reply to "ATSSB All-State"
ATSSB is a separate organization than TMEA. We have a separate State Board of Directors, separate operating accounts, etc. We line up for audition policies, but up until 2008 or so we didn't even have our bands performing in the same venue as TMEA groups. In fact our groups still don't rehearse at the convention center like I believe nearly all of the TMEA groups do? |
I'm guessing there are probably some other pending replies that haven't been approved to go through yet that may reiterate that. The one thing I will say is that TMEA is the only organization I know of that has completely cancelled events in Texas. UIL has gone on like normal, stock shows are going on with some modifications, etc.
I respect TMEA taking a cautious tact with the audition process - I think those would have been a disaster in-person. It's amazing the amount of work that Frank Coachman, Andrew Denman, and Keith Dye put in to make it possible and run mostly smoothly.
I think it's conceivable that it's still not possible to do this clinic in June for ATSSB too. That being said June is a long time from now. The situation we're in now will not be the same situation then.
It could be worse, or it could be better. ATSSB polled the directors back in December after polling region coordinators before that. We have interest in seeing if we can make it happen. ATSSB SBOD said May 1st is the cut-off date when they would cancel if they need to.
One of my favorite life experiences was going to the university where my fraternity was founded, Norwich University, for our 150th Anniversary Convention. They had gotten rid of all Greek organizations in the 40's or 50's but invited us back for that celebration. During that time I learned a lot of cool little things, and was very impressed with the tradition their University has. (It was originally a military university only) They have a motto, 'I Will Try' that they live by. It's one of the more trite things at first, until I heard their commandant speak about the 'I might die, but I will try and take that hill...' It took on a different meaning as he gave a very passionate speech. I tell my kids about this one, and honestly, 'I will try,' is one of my personal mottos now.
This may be an impossible situation to have, but why not try to see if it is possible? I didn't think marching contest was going to be possible this fall, but we made it happen. I appreciate that ATSSB is going to Try.
I also know if we believe it isn't safe, we'll also not have it. We have time to decide, and it makes sense to move forward and hope we can make it happen.