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  1. what schools surprised you the most

    Agree with Romeoville, Providence and Andrew. Also HD Jacobs who came on strong at the end making finals.
  2. How Marching Band is Judged

    I agree, park and blow is hot topic but it wins with the judges in both marching band and DCI. These show designers are masters of when to have the players march and stand still and their staging is outstanding. I don't like it either but there is still a lot of good skilled performance that goes on. The visual body and dance requirements put on the players these days are very challenging. The bands or corps that are marching while playing difficult passages have more trouble cleaning those parts of the show and thus don't score as well.
  3. ISU Results

    Agreed, there are inequalities everywhere no matter what the level. Even LW is at a disadvantage compared to some of these powerhouses in BOA. Look at the budgets of some of these top schools on BOA. Some of them are in the hundreds of thousands and they bring in the best experts from around the country. That makes LW the little guy! I'm rooting for any of our IL schools in BOA against some of these giants. I felt bad for those DGS kids not making finals but they got to celebrate this weekend at UofI and a lot of other schools got to see success at some of the local competitions. Let's celebrate this activity, it gives everyone from the small schools to the large ones a chance to compete and have success. Unlike sports, every kid gets to participate and be apart of something special. In the end, the memories you have as an adult about High School marching band are not where you placed at these competitions but feelings you had walking off the field with your friends.
  4. ISU Results

    Wow so only 2 6A bands are in and all 5 5A bands made finals. Crazy

    I doubt they will beat Morton but it would be nice if they made it. I always thought the way the classes are split for the bands for state (i.e school size instead of band size) was not really fair. Having a 40 piece band go against a 140 piece band is really lopsided. We always had knew going into the state that there was 0% chance of making finals no matter how well we performed our show so for someone like Providence to sneak into finals would be like Hoosiers (my favorite sports movie by the way).

    I agree with Notinband. I have no affiliation with Providence either but I did see them a few times. They only have like 40 or so members in their band but they are killing it for that small of a size. I come from a small school too so I am rooting for them to represent us smaller bands.
  7. Lincoln way invitational results

    I was there for the whole thing and yes the temperature and wind played a huge factor. That field was surrounded by corn fields so the wind was hollowing through there. I have seen these bands at other competitions and they sounded a lot better.
  8. LincolnWay invitational Predictions

    1A/2A results 1A 1. Providence Catholic (Music, Visual, GE) 2. WWS (Perc, Aux) 3. Glenbrook North 2A 1. Lemont (Visual, GE) 2. Batavia (Music, Perc, Aux) 3. Lasalle Peru
  9. LincolnWay invitational Predictions

    1A should be Providence - They just beat Dwight D. Eisenhower and outscored all the 2A bands including Naperville Central at Romeoville. Although it appears that they are coming from competing at Normal West earlier in the day so they may be tired from the travel. 2A should be Batavia - They have went head to head with the other bands in their class and scored higher. 3A Tough to go against Marian but Lockport has a really good show.