For my band heads, what matters most? Who won to the trained eyes/ears or who won to the untrained eye/ears like myself and 90% of the people watching?
I think those two perspectives are closer than you think. When I was in the band we knew when the other band won. You get this sinking feeling when you know they just played something that nothing in your book can match, or when they just sound like HD or their marching is so much crisper. In my day, SCSU and NSU were the bands we loved to hate (I remember fights with both). By the same token you also recognize when the the other band just can't hang with you and you just want to keep pouring it on and then your stank face gets stankier. But the best is when you know it is a back and forth battle. God, I loved those days!