Or should I say well fucked?
So as not to keep you in suspense, we came in third. Yup, not even second. But we did win high percussion so… At least there’s that.
The judging was just so completely biased that I’d be laughing if it didn’t hurt so much.
I knew we were in trouble when the judges once again had the Bucs ahead of us by 1.3 after prelims and the Cabs only like .5 behind us. I could smell what DCA was cooking up, but didn’t want to believe it.
Our score actually went DOWN from prelims to finals. At our level of the activity, going backward in scores is basically unheard of. But the judges needed to so that they could move the Caballeros ahead of us at Finals.
I mean, we scored a 19.7. / 20.0 in our Brass caption at prelims, and at finals we were dropped to 19.2. Five Tenths!!
And the worst part is– our show was absolutely on fire at Finals. By far our best performance of the show. Best performance by Minnesota Brass EVER actually. For any year. By leaps and bounds.
Yeah, I’m still a bit raw about it. And our staff is so pissed, and upset, and disheartened.
Here’s a clip of just our intro:
See the clarity of forms and lines hit. The spacing between people. The musical crescendos to the releases. The speed at which the drill evolves. We jazz run and play the company front when the front splits for fuck’s sake!
And that’s just our first minute. 3/4 of our show is that tempo and faster.
From all accounts, I hear our finals performance was absolutely killer: emotional, passionate, and CLEAN. And the hardest brass and percussion book in DCA.
The horn triplet licks at 189 bpm at the end of our show alone were worthy of a horn title.
And we got third fucking place.
It especially hurts because there is such a clear distinction in performance quality between the Bucs and us, versus everyone else. And yet we lost to the Cabs– a group that has members marching out of step and company fronts that look like zig-zags.
I’m still going to get the DVD and CD, because I want to show others and say “Look what the judges placed ahead of us.”
Meh. It is what it is and it’s over. Not quite the way I wanted to go out, but there you have it. We know our show was absolutely tits, even if we didn’t get the credit.
I guess that will have to be enough.