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  3. Looking Ahead to 2021

    Here's what we've got so far: September 18th: Edwardsville BOA Central Ohio (Site TBD) BOA Clarksville, TN - Austin Peay State University September 25th: Morton (NEW Prelims/Finals format) BOA Dayton, OH - Welcome Stadium October 2nd: BOA Toledo, OH - University of Toledo (Site Tentative) October 2nd/9th: North Central College (MSBA event) - Naperville (NEW in 2021) - either one October 9th: Metamora BOA Cedar Falls, IA - University of Northern Iowa (Site Tentative) October 23rd: ISU BOA St. Louis Super Regional - The Dome at America's Center BOA Indianapolis Super Regional - Lucas Oil Stadium November 11-13th: Grand Nationals U of I will probably fall on 10/9 or 10/16, as those are the off days for Illini football next season.
  4. Looking Ahead to 2021

    Ya....This is going to be a hard one for most bands...I sure don't understand why BOA did that. I think the Inda Super regional will win a lot of interest.
  5. Where are You Getting Your Marching Band Fix???

    I pretty much "dumped" marching band from my Fall 2020 schedule of events. But lately I have found myself watching YouTube videos of previous years performances. Hopefully all goes well for 2021.
  6. Looking Ahead to 2021

    I see the beginning of the 2021 schedule starting to get posted. My first thought is OUCH! The St. Louis Super Regional, The Indianapolis Super Regional, and ISU are all on the same weekend. Any thoughts on this scheduling?
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    US Bands Nationals Results. https://www.flomarching.com/results/6814734-2020-usbands-national-championship/28253 Congrats to Providence Catholic for placing 3rd in Division 1.
  8. Where have you been going in person or online to get your marching band fix. For me I just realized some bands have been doing their competition shows and others are doing the best of shows with songs from years past. I have to say from what I saw so far I was quite impressed with Castle Marching Knights from Newburgh IN. Also Broken Arrow's Queen show was really good.
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    Scores for Zidjian/Vic Firth Challenge: https://www.flomarching.com/articles/6800915-results-2020-usbands-zildjianvic-firth-challenge
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    Scores for DeMoulin Invitational. 3 Illinois bands in this one. Normal, Providence Catholic and Dekalb. https://www.flomarching.com/results/6797117-2020-usbands-demoulin-invitational/28177
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    Results from this week's Yamaha Cup competition. Looks like only 2 Illinois bands in there, Normal and Providence Catholic. https://www.flomarching.com/results/6789488-2020-usbands-yamaha-cup/28158
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    I have a friend who associated with Normal and they are doing virtual competitions through US Bands shown on FloMarching. Here are the results of the first one. It looks to me like there are 3 Illinois schools competing so far, Normal, Dekalb and Providence Catholic. Congrats to those bands and good to see something still happening for the kids. https://www.flomarching.com/results/6786266-2020-usbands-flomarching-kick-off/28122
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    This is the first virtual video I’ve seen from a band in Illinois. I hope to see more like this. I am not sure if Galesburg’s Show plans but this is a pretty cool and reassuring thing to see!
  14. COVID 19

    Received word yesterday that Metro East Marching Classic will be moving to a virtual format. Anyone interested in participating and for more information, please contact, Melissa Gustafson-Hinds, OTHS gustafson-hindsm@oths.us
  15. COVID 19

    It will be interesting to see, in Feb. 30s would be warm and there's a possibility of snow. Spring time in this area could be hit or miss. Plus, it's a little more difficult than just gutting it out for one night. You also need time to practice and prepare something even if it is a very simple show. I suppose they could just stand around an play some pep tunes. I heard some bands (especially those in some rural areas) were still working on some kind of show and looking at doing some kind of virtual competitions. Anyone else hear this and if so how would this even work? EDIT: I was searching around a little bit and I found this offering from USBands. It seems like a pretty decent alternative for groups that are still trying to put a show on the field. https://yea.org/news/new-virtual-performance-option-announced
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    I don’t know about that...I went to U of I in 2018 and watched bands perform in 30-35 mph winds and temperatures in the 30s at night.
  17. COVID 19

    I saw today that Lincoln Way was still having band camp.
  18. COVID 19

    IHSA officially moves Football and other high risk fall sports from Feb - May. and spring sports are moved from May - Jun. Lol no way are bands are getting out there to play at football games in Feb.
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    I think Morton is
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    What bands are still putting something on the Field?
  21. COVID 19

    All I see is a list of Saturday conflicts...sigh...
  22. COVID 19

    Think about Spring 2021 before adding the possibility of football/marching band, just to name a few: Basketball Baseball/Softball Track AP examinations/College visits for juniors Spring musicals Spring concert season (Super State, National Concert Band Festival, etc.) Winter Guard/Percussion/Winds (maybe WGI will have a 2021 season?) Drum Corps (who knows if there will be a 2021 season? I can't see touring being the same after the pandemic).
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    Yeah my band is planning on doing concert band outside to substitute marching band. They do sell covers for each instrument to reduce the chance of covid passing through the air which is what our band is planning on making.
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    If IHSA doubles up and puts as much as possible in the spring...it'll be hard to even have S&E and Org contests without extreme conflicts. I can't imagine the scheduling headaches of this...
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    True, but I doubt there is going to even be WGI this year. Concert band may even be gone too because once you get kids playing instruments inside that is a whole new ballgame. There is a study going on right now on musical instruments and the initial findings don't spell good news for band kids https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/it-safe-strike-band-time-coronavirus
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    It would be pretty hard to run a marching band during the spring because of WGI and other activities that the students within the marching band may have during the spring time.
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    I read today that IHSA has a proposal to move the fall sports to spring of 2021. I'm not a director so I don't know how feasible that would be to move some kind of abbreviated marching season to then too but maybe it's worth at least having a conversation about it.
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