This competition had its first event on June 27-28, 2014 at the York Expo
Center in York, PA. It was extremely unorganized and unprofessional. They
did not bring in stage flooring, instead had a very thin marley over
concrete covered with linoleum. They didn\'t seem to follow any of their
own rules. No one connected to the event could answer questions except the
owner himself. Rule on wristbands, just completely ignored. No video;
videographer unavailable at last minute. Event photographers looked very
unprofessional and were using cameras sold for personal use. Rule on
parents taking photos ignored. Very few metal folding chairs were provided,
but they did tell us we could bring in our own camp chairs. Workshops were
on the agenda, however the ones provided were only appropriate for older
teenagers. The younger ones were permitted to bounce around in the mix. One
studio in particular had the most entries and appeared to have a connection
(familial or friendship) with the owner and others working at the venue.
This same studio had a number of people competing solos in 19+ and rumor
was that they were teachers. There was a rule on averaging ages that said
the oldest person in a group could only drop down one age category. That
was ignored. Categories were forgotten when the schedule was first handed
out, put back on, but then forgotten at awards. Owner said it didn\'t
matter cause the groups in them were the only ones in the categories, in
front of the kids. There was only one award ceremony 2 hrs after last
competitor. Old fashioned paper score sheets added by hand. They called all
the Jazz solo, duo, trios back up to return their awards & had a re-do.
More but this review is already too long.