A quick recap of last week, a little about where we're at, and things to come!
Last week brought us our first REAL week of rehearsals. We have been able to slow down and clean things up. It is a slow process but the process we need, and will work through for the rest of the season. We cleaned up about 3 "chunks" of our show this week with about 4 to go before we can call ourselves "Week 1 ready". Lots to be done, but we'll get to that soon...
Our football game was another success - a quick fun fact: Not only do our kids memorize our contest show, parade songs, school song, and National Anthem, but we also memorize the opposing team's school song! We don't want to spend too much time on this (don't want them falling in love with us...) - we memorize their school song in about 2 days!! a total of about 2 hours worth of work and we go out and nail it! The kids work hard and make sure that everything we do is a success, even if our schedule doesn't allow much time. The game went fantastic - first time in uniforms (modified as well), first time with (some) show flags, and first time without Dr. Beat. Upon reviewing our performance today in class everyone is in agreement that we have lots yet to do, but we are much further ahead than last year in our performances...keep in mind: this Friday would be our first performance LAST YEAR...we've already chalked two performances on the board!
CALM BEFORE THE STORM
Well we have hit that awkward "in-between" time of our season. We are through with camp but we haven't really started competing yet. To me this is possibly the most difficult part. What are we working toward? We've stopped learning massive amounts of charts and we're focusing on just 5-6 charts for 3 hours?!
We're working toward unforgettable experiences through incredible performances. To do this we have to put in the extra effort and really nit pick at details. It is INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT to get through these next two weeks. Once the kids get the addicting taste of performing in front of a silent crowd of hundreds and hear their parents cheering them on - they get ramped up and this feeds them from week to week. So parents and students who have been through this before: keep focused on the future while working today (isn't that a line from a ride in Disney World?) - and keep encouraging those "newbies" who haven't had the experience of performing at a contest yet!
I'm really looking forward to our family picnic planned for tomorrow (tuesday). Bring friends, family, dogs, anyone! A quick reminder of what's going to happen:
5:30 - Tunes start pumping
Directors start dunking
Cotton Candy gets devoured
6:00 - Dinner starts
- 8th and 9th graders: Main Entree (enough for 10)
- 10th graders: Side Dish (enough for 10)
- 11th graders: Dessert (enough for 10)
- 12th graders: 24 pack of water or 12 pack of soda
- EVERYONE BRING YOUR OWN: chairs, plates, cutlery, napkins
6:30 - Rehearsal begins
We'll show you how we go through a rehearsal, perform a bit for you and explain our show so you can follow along as the season progresses. parents are free to leave at any time however we will continue to rehearse until 9:00. We'll have t-shirt order forms for EN band apparel as well as season t-shirts for order (your child gets a season t-shirt at no cost)
No football game this week! Enjoy your long weekend!!
WHAT IS LEFT TO DO?
I'm so glad you asked!!!! Here is a list of items that you can be a part of to help us have a successful season:
- Bus Chaperone
- Food Committee
- Pit Crew
- Uniform Committee
- Volunteer at upcoming fundraisers (ACD this weekend!)
- EN invitational volunteers on September 22
- Attend Booster Meetings!
We're always in need of help. I love this activity because it is a true FAMILY ACTIVITY. If you want to be involved we want you!!!
Finally I leave you with a Trailer for our show "There's No Place Like Home" - enjoy!
- Mr. Munoz
Marching Knights at the first home football game
Well we have started school and we are in full force!! It's time to get you caught up on what is going on around this bustling place because we are BUSY!!
We had our first home football game last Friday and, from the motivation and drive of our students some amazing things happened that you need to know. First of all, the students began making posters in support of the football team. An idea from the students, for other students - and I'm proud to report that this has now become TRADITION. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing our students PUMMEL the stereotypes and bland assumptions that should exist. WE ARE ALL KNIGHTS and we are proud of it - whether we are in band, football, or any other activity we are all in this together and we will support each other to the end!
Something new you (hopefully) saw was the well received "BLOCK EN" on the field as we played our school song. The pregame activities will ramp up even more next year, but this little addition certainly adds some college flair to our home football games. Once again, something many bands don't do because they simply don't have the time due to their own competition show. There is HUGE truth to that...but what are we if we don't spend a little bit of extra time to make Friday nights a little more special for everyone? We also now cadence out the football team for some added adrenaline. But my favorite change? It came at the end, so if you didn't stay for the full lashing of Northrop you missed it. It came when the band took the field at the EN in the center of the field and played the school song with the football team...but in reality it came after that - it occured when all of the marching band and the entire football team were giving high fives, fist bumps, and pats on the back for a job well done. An incredible sight to see teenagers support each other so much. East Noble is a pretty special place!
Next up: THE BOOSTERS!
Ladies and Gentlemen....this is the life blood of our band program...the heartbeat if you will. These people go to EXTRA-ORDINARY length to make sure our season is a success. Kids - if you see a band parent you BETTER thank them!! Here are just a few things the band boosters have been up to as of late:
I could go on and on, but the simple fact remains that these parents will do just about anything for them! It's true...I saw Bill Britten trying to put on a uniform last night and march in Bryanna's spot...Don't worry - we got the trombone back before he could hurt anyone!
So thanks parents for all that you do!! Your kids don't say it enough but they DO LOVE YOU!
We're in action tomorrow night at the football game vs. Northridge and we'll be ready!! We've got the same amount of show for you but a little more clean and with uniforms on. Also that annoying tink that is DR BEAT will not be in there!
- Mr. Munoz
Well this summer brought many changes to the East Noble Marching Knights and it is hard to believe it is already over. Let me first start by saying this new website is fantastic...a HUGE thanks to Mr. Cary for making this a reality!
With the new website comes new features - one being our Director's Blog: On the Record, Off The Podium. This blog will be geared toward parents and students - keeping you up to date on the events that have occurred and some non-wisdom from the guys that are on the podium (or behind a computer).
So let's get it started!
Believe it or not - we DID start in June! With the Fundamentals/Parade week we saw the first of many changes in our band program and town. East Noble was a pivotal role in the creation of the new "Noble County All-Star Marching Band". With over 90 members representing East and Central Noble HS to say it was a success is a HUGE understatement! We made our musical debut at the Chain O' Lakes parade in Albion. We're looking forward to next year and getting more participation from all three Noble County Schools and perhaps adding a performance!
July is the month where we see a lot of summertime action. After 5 weeks of relaxation we went back to work to design our 2012 production: There's No Place Like Home. It has loose ties to the Wizard of Oz...I don't want to give away too much, but listen and hear if you can spot the following famous pieces that make their appearance in the show: Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Goodbye Yellowbrick Road, and Going Home (from Dvorak's 9th Symphony).
All in all we spent 2 full weeks in the blazing sun to put out over 50 drill charts (formations) on the field and to music. It was a productive and successful summer!
Well...time for school already! We had a few rehearsals in the "down time" between camp and school, but now that school has started we're in full swing! Keep checking the calendar that you received in hard copy, or check out our Google calendar on the main website...by the way for you smart-phone users: you can sync up this "East Noble Bands" Calendar to your calendar on your phone to save yourself from getting onto the website all the time!
This year we've ramped up what we do in student leadership. As everyone knows we have had a program that focuses on student driven leadership...not an authoritarian style type of band from the ol' days. This year we've created our "Three Pillars of a Highly Successful Band Program" - completely made by OUR students we have established three pillars: Excellence, Pride, and Commitment. Within each pillar we have three levels of success: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. At the end of each week we highlight students who have represented these pillars and this band very well. For more info - check out the posters in the band room!
Well that wraps it up for this first installment of: On the Record, Off The Podium. Mainly because I'm getting ready to write the very next one! In the next blog we'll talk more about what has happened with our show and the "Block that heard round the school"
- Mr. Munoz
A blog to keep let you know how things are going! Weekly updates from Mr. Munoz, Mr. Cary, or Mr. Haydl