The judging community for decades has shown partiality to certain corps. That is common knowledge. Those who have marched know what I speak of. It's not a secret. If you marched in the 70's, 80's, and 90's you know , Corps were prevented from advancing for years because of dislike for whom ever or whatever reasons. I marched with a corps that was constantly slapped down because the judging community disliked the Director and instructors until they couldn't do it anymore simply because the corps had gotten too good to ignore.