Re: Elephant in the room
Posted by Average Guy on 11/13/2021, 9:21 am, in reply to "Elephant in the room"
Sorry that this response is so longÖ. What youíre saying here is something I have been struggling with for a few weeks. |
My band has performed well all season, went very early in the day, and did not advance to finals at area. While this has been the best year Iíve seen in our program in a long time, our time slot at area posed a few issues for us:
1. The performance slot was near the opening of the day, resulting in a late Friday night (we left after halftime) and an early Saturday.
2. Our area venue is a four hour ride away and all of the hotels within two hours of the contest were booked.
3. Due to needing sleep and the distance we needed to travel, we did not get to rehearse prior to warmup at the contest.
It wasnít our best performance. As they came off the field, I knew what I hoped judges missed. While I agree that there are some disadvantages to being early, Iím not sure that Iíd say judges are unfair or unable to remember a band that performs first or second. I know they remembered usÖ But I also know that those eight minutes werenít our best and there were things we were capable of executing at a higher level on that run.
I felt like we shouldíve been finalistsÖ. But Iíve also seen our band all season, while the judges got to see it for eight minutes. We wanted state, but our goal was to be the best version of ourselves, to compete at our highest level, to grow closer as a band family, and to have fun on the journey. We accomplished everything and more.
Are there better ways to run the contest series? Maybe! But I donít know that Iíve heard an answer I think works better and, at the end of the day, state would be great but itís about providing incredible life experiences for our kidsÖ I look at mine and know that I did that without that state contest.
Thanks for reading.