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  1. BOA Grand National Championship Thoughts

    Recaps are online at the MFA website- http://www.musicforall.org/resources/fall-results/2010/2010 Looks like another solid showing for Illinois, as has been stated. LWE so very close to making finals, which shocked me, but in the best way possible. Both O'Fallon and VJA scoring Division 1 ratings on Thursday and not too far off from making semifinals as well. I know we tend to bicker a lot on these boards, but I think we can all say it was a solid weekend for Illinois marching bands. Hopefully this trend continues in the coming years.
  2. BOA Grand National Championship Thoughts

    those don't come out til Monday
  3. BOA Grand National Championship Thoughts

    Class A 1-Bourbon County 2-Western 3-Adair County Music-Bourbon County Visual-Western GE-Bourbon County Class AA 1-Marian Catholic 2-Kiski Area 3-Morton Music-Marian Catholic Visual-Marian Catholic GE-Marian Catholic Class AAA 1-Tarpon Springs 2-Kennesaw Mountain 3-Stephen F Austin Music-Kennesaw Mountain Visual-Tarpon Springs GE-Kennesaw Mountain/Tarpon Springs Class AAAA 1-Avon 2-Broken Arrow 3-LD Bell Music-LD Bell Visual-Broken Arrow GE-Avon Grand National Finalists: Kennesaw Mountain Avon Carmel Marian Catholic Broken Arrow Lawrence Central Tarpon Springs LD Bell Stephen F Austin Union Center Grove Cedar Park
  4. BOA Grand National Championship Thoughts

    Congrats to Morton for the bronze in AA, and obviously Marian for the class championship!
  5. Judging discussion

    i suppose anyone from the 1A-4A grouping is free to move up to the 5A-8A grouping, it just wouldn't be allowed the other way around (obviously). So, if Morton or Bloomington or UT want to move up from the 1A-4A grouping and compete against the 5A-8A, then they are free to do so, and they'll all be judged on the same criteria.
  6. Scores for 10/23

    I'll try and make this simple and "constructive," since you missed the main point of his post. "Without us "has-beens" and "fangirls," not to mention "over-involved" parents, there would be no one to watch your shows." He's exactly right. A lot of people on this forum bicker, raise heck, and try to prove their point in many negative ways, I'm just as guilty of that as many others on here. But we're the ones that were in the activity as it grew. We're the ones that went on to instruct, design, or just support those who came after us. And most of all, we're the ones that pay money to watch YOU perform. You're right, students are the ones who made and continue to make what the activity is. Students, who are now what you refer to as the "has-beens", were the ones who set the standard before your time, as those who follow you will push the standards you have set. Ultimately, does it really matter what people on these boards think of your band? If you're so hurt by what people say here, a.) you shouldn't be, b.) stop reading what is put here. I don't always agree with robes, but I certainly respect him, because he puts his opinions out there, backs them up (with facts and speculations, at times, but he backs them up nonetheless), and doesn't really care if you like him for it. It shouldn't be any different for you. What do you have to prove to this board? Nothing. If you don't like what's being said, don't come back, it's as simple as that. Or, if you think something controversial might be said, don't read that thread. It's not that hard to avoid things like that if you just try.
  7. Top 14 Bands in Illinois

    Again, you JUST joined the boards. Most of these opinions have been expressed in PREVIOUS years after ISU. Everyone on here has had great ideas with what to do about ISU in the past. I reiterate, ISU doesn't care what you or I think about their contest. Unless you're a director that will threaten to not go and thus not bring families and boosters through the gates, they could care less what you think about their show.
  8. Top 14 Bands in Illinois

    You act like this is something new that has never been discussed on the boards before. Every year, someone feels that Band A should have made finals because Band B did not deserve to be there, blah blah blah. This gets brought up after ISU EVERY year, you are not the first, and there will be someone else, hopefully not you, that does the same thing after ISU next year. You want the truth? You have NO say in changes to ISU. Unless you're the director from a band that brings their kids there, they could care less about what you think. Why don't you use that high quality U of I education and figure it out.
  9. Judging discussion

    1A-3A one day. Add more bands in each class (anywhere from 5-8 in each class). Take the top 10 highest scoring bands from that class, put them in their owns finals that night. Same panel both times 4A/5A one day. Same concept. Try to get 20-25 bands, fairly even between both classes. Top 10 make finals that night regardless of class. 6A. Have as many 6A bands as you want. Take the top 10, put them in their own finals. This is how Oklahoma does it. It's run by the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association. Each championship is never on the same day, and are rarely ever at the same sight. This way, you can still have your 1A-6A "champions," more kids get to do a prelims and finals show, and you don't have to worry about Lake Park competing for a spot against Eureka. After all, as much as we build it up, ISU is just "another competition."
  10. Top 14 Bands in Illinois

    You'll rarely ever get a unanimous "great" panel. Someone will always have issues with it. If it's 40 plus bands, you need more than 10 finalists. Have it be like a BOA super regional, put out anywhere from 12-14 and if the class champions don't score high enough, then they can do exhibition. I get the feeling you are from VJA since both of your posts on here are just "VJA got screwed." I really don't think Mr. Iwinski or Mr. Romano would be too thrilled with you posting such things, as I know that's not what they're about. So stop saying things like that, and prepare for nationals with class.
  11. Scores for 10/23

    I don't know if he was referring specifically to this year. I know I have had issues in past years where they bring in college band directors to judge the music captions, specifically when they had so many music GE captions. I like the idea of randomizing the draw. You'll still get complaints, but it at least offers some groups a chance to not go on at 7am, and still could leave a group like Lake Park or Naperville North to go at noon instead of 6pm.
  12. Scores for 10/23

    I think it would be in humanities interest if you never posted again. Are you serious?
  13. Top 14 Bands in Illinois

    First off, scores are relative. It doesn't matter where they are specifically in numbers. Secondly, the panel for 1a-4a had no bearing on what happened in 5a/6a. All the bands in 1a-4a could have scored higher than all the bands in 5a/6a, the only thing that would have changed would have been top half/bottom half for draw in finals, the same groups would have still been in. Look, I don't love this system very much, but it is what it is. You can complain all you want on these boards (and you have), but that isn't going to change anything. We get it, you don't like it, you've said it every post practically. Now either move on, or spend time writing to the people who can actually change things rather than waste our time reading the same post 20 times over and again by someone who just joined this board.
  14. Scores for 10/23

    this year is the first year they are implementing 2 panels for prelims and finals. before it's always been one panel from 7am til 11pm. with the way ISU is set up, scores tend to get higher as the day goes on, giving the bigger schools the "advantage" by going later. a lot of people have raised the issue of score inflation on these boards, so this seems to be ISU's attempt to prevent it from happening as best as possible. we shall see what happens, though.
  15. Scores for 10/23

    emphasis on "in theory"
  16. Scores for 10/23

    it's a different panel for 5A/6A, so in theory, score inflation won't happen. it certainly won't be because of fatigue, though.
  17. Scores for 10/23

    Yeah, it was "froze" out in..... 1991 i think. feel free to correct me if the year is wrong
  18. Who is going to ISU?

    if we all offer Dan $2 a piece, would that cover the money he'd make on his shift?
  19. Scores for 10/16

    Read that last post wrong, my apologies.
  20. ISU - 2010

    I'm not sure I'm a fan of this with the way prelims is set up right now. I'd like this idea a lot more if prelims was simply random draw regardless of class affiliation, negating or greatly reducing any type of score inflation that may happen during the day. We'll see it how it works out, though. Certainly don't want to knock it before we see how it pans out. I'm glad they redid the class list that was initially set out, looks much more familiar now!
  21. ISU - 2010

    I had to do a double-take when I didn't see any Lincoln-Way's in 5A or 6A!
  22. 2010 DCI predictions game

    i predict the Blue Devils will be in the top 3...
  23. Warren Township to march 300 +

    Didn't Warren use to march huge numbers back in the mid 90's? I just remember seeing them as a student and couldn't get over the size of their band.
  24. 2010 shows

    Doubt it, as they did a baseball themed show back before West split from them (or so I have heard. . .) although it would be interesting to see either way That split was back in the mid 1990's, I don't think it makes the big of a difference. Besides, Marian did an Oriental themed show in 1997 and won nationals, and if my memory serves me correct, they used some of the same music from the 1996 (Dan, correct me if I'm wrong.) And then they go an do another Oriental themed show this past year or the previous. It's not like the same students are repeating the show, they're all my age now! I too would enjoy to see what NC could do with a baseball themed show. Pasttime anyone?!?
  25. Marian band article

    I may be naive, but I would think that plenty of top-level educators would be salivating to take over after Mr. Bimm. Plus, with such a large and supportive group of alumni and band parents, I would think the school would want to continue the success of the program. Again, that may be naive, but I think that's probably a likely scenario when it happens.