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lent day 10: origins

all of the drumlines i judged today were competing for the first time this season.  two groups were competing for the first time ever in an indoor arena.

relative to veteran groups, clearly most of them were not very good, but as origin stories for the ensembles, what they're trying to accomplish, and how much they have come with the limited time or resources that they have, they're pretty amazing.  And the nice thing about doing critique with those groups is that they don't care about the numbers, they know they're low-to-high box 2, maybe low box 3 for their first show, they're more interested in just the experience of going to a show and honest feedback that they can give to their kids.  that resonates me a great deal more than the groups that have god-like staffs with god-like students that feel like they got the shaft for getting a 97.8 instead of a 97.9.  points and ranking never meant anything to me even when i was marching competitively in high school and college, it's certainly not going to start mattering now.

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