FMB: Please Read...Contest Options

I received an email from Mike Maynard at Thomas Worthington High School to regrettably inform me that their October 1 contest has been cancelled due to low participation.  Only four bands had registered this year and it was not fiscally possible for them to host the contest.  I have also heard of other contests suffering the same fate, but no others in central ohio.

Hello Folks,
It is with great disappointment that I must share that we are going to have to cancel the TWHS "Preview of Champions on October 1, 2011. For years we have had a full slate of bands enrolled and occasionally even had to turn bands away or start early to get everyone in... However, as of this afternoon, there were only four bands signed up for our event.
We apologize for the inconvenience, but wanted to let you know asap and the decision was just made this evening.

Sadly,
Mike Maynard


This leaves us in a pickle.  All of the other evening contests on that date are over an hour's drive, and the FHS homecoming dance is the evening of October 1, which I promised members they would be able to attend.  All of the 1 and 2 pm contests on the 1st are over two hours away from us in places like Coal Grove and Macedonia.  I really don't want to make that long of a drive unless absolutely necessary.

What I'm thinking about doing is not competing on October 1 and using the third reserved date of October 8 as our second contest at Miami Trace High School, where we performed last year.  This contest starts at 2pm and we would perform betwen 2 and 3pm.  It is a short drive and a well-run and well-attended event.  We could also do the 6pm Westerville Central contest, which is even closer.  So what I'm asking is: DO YOU STILL HAVE OCTOBER 8 OPEN?  Please let me know ASAP if you have a conflict.  If everyone is available, I would like to make this date happen.

Plus, it gives us an extra week to get our whole show polished, and we would still have three weeks to put Senior show together.  Let me know what you think, and also let me know if you have any conflicts with October 8.

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