Our opener drill was 2 weeks late and our closer drill was 10 days late. I had several students out more this year than even last year. I am trying to cram everything in this week before we go to contest on Saturday. Would it be a major hit if I just play and march our first two songs and march whatever we can on the closer cleanly and standstill the rest of the way. I have never had to do this and my students have worked very hard this year. I just do not want this to be a letdown this week.
I would say that you should do what you have prepared even if it means standing still for part of your closer. Otherwise, you'll get very obvious drill comments from the judges. I would rather let the expertise of the judges help me fix musical flaws that I may have missed than tell me what I already know is wrong. Good luck to you this weekend!
I watched a contest this last Saturday where at least half the bands did not have their whole show on the field. Its still early. Just march what you have and don't stress. Judges will judge what you show them. They understand.
I had to back out of our festival this weekend due to athletics conflicts, but we would have done exactly what you're thinking about. It's still awfully early in the year and judges know that a LOT of people are still trying to finish up their shows. Stand still where you have to and get the comments on what was judged. It will be fine.
You are the only one that knows your students. Me personally, I would never put my students in a position to fail. If they will crash and burn, don't do it. March what you can and play the rest. At least you can get feedback on what you have there. Good luck!!