Marching Bands in public schools cannot continue to compete in such a way as to assign and support educationally incorrect labels like “winners” and “losers”. We don’t tolerate that in our classrooms, so why should it be acceptable in marching band or any type of competitive music (jazz festivals, concert band contests, show choirs, solo & ensemble, etc)? Bands should follow the academic practice – mainstreaming players into average ensembles, thereby reducing the emphasis and focus on special or gifted performers. Stop emphasizing the win. Crowds should cheer improvement, not excellence (because not everyone will make it to that level) or the final score. Instead of waiting for a government mandate, all public school marching band programs should implement no-bandster-left-behind common core standards.