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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000911.txt from 2004/10

From: "Nicholas Yip" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] adjudication at festivals
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2004 00:59:34 -0400

Which leads back to my point, that it seems to be a waste of time to attend
these festivals. They tell you how good your group, then all the negatives
and then your rating, which is all the school district cares about. Good for
the band director, bad for the school group.

Nicholas Yip
Clarinetist and Music Teacher

>From: Adam Michlin <>
>Subject: Re: [kl] adjudication at festivals
>Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 22:37:28 -0400
>Band adjudication is a staggering political game I'm really not willing to
>take the time to expound on.
>I will suggest, however, that you take a moment to consider what it would
>be like to be a judge at one of these festivals. Consider that you would
>have to make comments, on the fly, which can help the band and band
>director but hopefully not offend anyone. Consider that you get exactly one
>shot to listen to this band. And, most of all, consider how difficult it is
>to explain to anyone who is open to constructive criticism how to "fix the
>problems" never mind in a one way tape where you have to take into account
>(again, on the fly) that you may offend the recipient of the tape.
>OK, I guess I was willing to expound on it.
> -Adam
>PS: If you really want to someone to explain how to fix the problems, you
>should hire one of the judges to come work with your band. Preferably the
>one who was hardest on you.
>At 06:17 PM 10/29/2004 -0700, you wrote:
>>On a separate topic but probably related, I just came back from having my
>>band judged and was listening to the tapes. The tapes were discouraging to
>>me. All they talked about was first how wonderful the band was and then
>>came all the negatives. Absolutely no constructive criticism. They
>>basically didn't explain how to fix the problems. This sucks! LOL! What
>>have been your worse nightmares with festival judging?
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