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  1. BOA Grand National Championship Thoughts

    Congrats to everybody from Illinois who made semis, and congrats to Marian Catholic for making finals. Good to see LWE get in for the first time, and great to see Lake Park continuing their climb back into consistency. Wow for Morton...way to represent the small schools...and nice job placing in your class...a nice cherry on top. I think Marian's formula needs some tweaking...a great show with great demand and music, but.....with the way modern marching band is evolving, you can't trot out dirty marching and have a lot of freshman not playing...something they should reach for would be consistency across their freshman performers. I respect them for going out there and playing well, but Avon is a group that goes out there and makes no attempt to hide their weak members...they just play balls out with no excuses. MC needs to adopt that approach...much more success this way. What an amazing highlight year for Illinois bands. Here's hoping the trend continues.
  2. 2010 BOA Grand Nationals Predictions

    If 5 Illinois bands make semis....well...I'll jump around like a crazy man. Here's to that.
  3. The Illinois bands that have made regional finals

    Good to know. They must have learned to march in between ISU and this weekend.
  4. ISU reviews

    Yes, I did....I know they didn't use any props and it was actually nice to see the change., I even like their new uniforms. I should have been more clear in my post. I was referring to the bands who did use props. Pardon the confusion, and there was no need to get so rude. This, perhaps, is the funniest thing all year. A fan of the program that trotted out a girl in a hamster ball 3 years ago, and a full choir stage casted like Glee the next, is actually capping on people that use props? Again, funniest thing I've read all year. Here's to you. Blahahahahahaaaa...
  5. ISU reviews

    Again, a lot of words to say "I really don't know what I'm talking about". Does Marian create a VERY demanding visual package and musical package? Absolutely, and unquestionably unparallelled in Illinois. However, people I VERY MUCH TRUST told me that Saturday night they looked like an absolute mess...ridiculously dirty from a marching standpoint. So, my question is...if you sound amazing, have a great colorguard and visual "intent", yet march like a junior high band...do you deserve to win ISU? There's two words in the activity, and one of them is MARCHING. No question in 3 weeks they will be cleaner and have a lot of those issues taken care of...that's a given. Nobody closes the last 3 weeks like MC...but ISU was Saturday..not three weeks from now. I am entitled to my opinion and am sure that there were cleaner groups there, but cannot discount the overall package as being superior. Comparing their marching technique, by indirect or direct implication, to a junior high band shows an extreme lack of knowledge on your part. Actually, comparing most, if not all, the bands at ISU to junior high bands would be somewhat demeaning. They scored an 86.00 and while that is only relative to the competition, it is clear that there is much to build on in the coming weeks. I felt that the Top 5 bands were very good in their own ways, but that it is hard to make the case for any of the other four to top MC in spite of any bugs in their system. Again, I am entitled to my opinion and it appears you were not at the show, so pipe down. You have nothing to say because you apparently were not there. So what you're saying is that were way cleaner groups there, and you're agreeing with my point. Thanks. I'll comment on whatever I want to comment on. If you don't like it (or don't view my comments as valid), don't respond. It's JUST that simple. I'm still waiting for your explanation of my "bias towards many Chicago bands" in the other thread. Should I expect that any time soon?
  6. ISU reviews

    Gotcha covered: Naperville North's show...
  7. IHSA Multiplier

    I can't be literate for you, drillwriter. I've made my arguments, and they are abundant and clear in the other thread. If you chose not to read them or comprehend them, that is your issue, not mine. Our positions are pretty clear. I feel like it's not ok for any band to exploit an unfair advantage in order to gain success. And I feel that you close the loophole not only for the band that is exploiting it, but also for any other bands that have the opportunity to exploit it. You disagree. It is what it is. My parting question for you, Robes, is this: would you honestly be arguing for the multiplier if Marian didn't exist? I can't see why you would, because then you wouldn't have anything to cry foul about, but I wanted to check.This is a great question, and one that I'll answer wholeheartedly: No. If Marian wasn't taking advantage of being an unboundaried district, then I would in no way be calling for the multiplier. Now, time for the reverse question. If Marian didn't exist, would you care if the multiplier was applied? If you answer yes, you're full of it. There's only one band in Illinois that is taking advantage of unboundaried districts, and that's MC...the KING of marching band in Illinois. And guess what...they'd STILL be the king if they were in 6A/5A...it would just be more fair....what a travesty that would be....fairness and still dominance...oh..the horror. HOWEVER. what I find now MASSIVELY interesting is MC seems to be skirting the rules at BOA and not reporting their numbers properly....had NO idea of that before revisiting this thread. Thoughts?
  8. BOA Indianapolis Regional Schedule

    Wow. Stacked. Finals: Father Ryan Marian Catholic Lawrence Central Castle Harrison Lake Central Paul Laurence Dunbar Carmel Center Grove Centerville Avon So.....who's #12?.......I'd say Lake Park... BUT....I could easily see LWE ousting PLD or Father Ryan also. Here's to THAT.
  9. Results for the Greater St. Louis Marching Band Festival

    O'Fallon is a beast. Good for them. Wish they'd make an ISU/U of I appearance in the next couple of years.
  10. Scores for 10/23

    Completely agree here. Robes comes off on this forum as generally a bitter person with an obvious axe-to-grind for many bands in the Chicago area. Naperville North is only the latest. I do not know him personally, but I see more negative comments than positive from him. Best to be ignored. Naperville North well deserved where they placed, as Morton's show was not clear or dynamic enough to surpass them and yet Lincoln-Way North was clearly better, in my mind. GE-wise, Naperville North is probably penalized by a more cerebral panel because their show reads easily. Plus, must I also mention that their drill generally is pretty uninteresting and very ordinary. They play very well and their guard performs just about as well --with what they do-- than anyone out there and that is their formula for success. Whose to say that every band needs to have the same formula to be successful? The overall package, however, is better than over half of the finalists on Saturday. And for Robes, yes, it was better than Morton, although the argument can always be made to swap spots. Fruitless though. We're talking 7th vs. 6th. Big deal. I agree that NN performed very well on Saturday night....but as for design vs. Morton, I'm not sure what you were looking at.Rent performed very well to sold out crowds at Times Square on Saturday night. It doesn't mean that a judge should have been there to score it.
  11. Public Bands of the Year

    Sure...sounds good. Anything that allows more participation is cool. Cheers to you for spearheading it.
  12. Top 14 Bands in Illinois

    I'm not disagreeing with your point, I don't envy the judges their job, and NO show is the same...you get presented with different variables/orders/etc. each time out. But Warren should not have been in over VJ based on what I've been able to watch, and what I've heard from people who were there. However, true to your point, there's always something that "goes wrong", hence the nature of really cherishing the reward of the experience of your show vs. only looking at the number.
  13. Judging discussion

    I think a lot of bands in Illinois would LOVE a system that is incremental like that, provided that it allowed some gaps to attend BOA events or local shows. That would really (in my opinion) drive the activity to a higher level in Illinois.
  14. ISU reviews

    Again, a lot of words to say "I really don't know what I'm talking about". Does Marian create a VERY demanding visual package and musical package? Absolutely, and unquestionably unparallelled in Illinois. However, people I VERY MUCH TRUST told me that Saturday night they looked like an absolute mess...ridiculously dirty from a marching standpoint. So, my question is...if you sound amazing, have a great colorguard and visual "intent", yet march like a junior high band...do you deserve to win ISU? There's two words in the activity, and one of them is MARCHING. No question in 3 weeks they will be cleaner and have a lot of those issues taken care of...that's a given. Nobody closes the last 3 weeks like MC...but ISU was Saturday..not three weeks from now.
  15. Judging discussion

    An interesting concept. I like the idea of really acknowleging that several bands at all levels in Illinois are pushing themselves to be better, thus give them their shot. Not sure you'd have enough willing to participate from each classification, though. Or at least enough that you'd really be interested in watching.
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