Hello - and sorry for the delay! In all the post-invite activities it has been a little crazy this week but I'm forcing myself to sit down and send an update your way.
What a weekend! Our Invitational was perhaps the best one to date. With over 2,000 in the audience and over 1,000 student performers this was one heck of an invitational. If you got there late you know it was packed because you couldn't even park along the street within a half of a mile of the school!
It goes without saying (but I will anyhow) that it takes an ARMY to make an event like this successful - and it was IMMENSELY successful such phrases as:
"Best run contest all year"
"This was my first time at your invite and it will now be a part of our contest season every year"
"Best hospitality room of the year"
Were echoed to me multiple times. So many people to thank that I'm sure I will leave off tons of names but Some of our all start line up for the weekend included:
Laura Nowels - as past booster president she's helped operate many invites but this was different for her as she didn't have to worry about president duties and just made sure everything ran smooth. The bulk of Laura's work came BEFORE the actual invitational. She lined up hotel rooms for judges, help get sponsors for the invite and trophies, begged and pleaded for volunteers, the list goes on and on. She was quoted as saying:
"You know I don't drink but after our invitational every year I think maybe I just might have a glass of wine or two"
The stress adds up that's for sure - thanks Laura for making sure this went off so well!
Ed Gibson - As our booster president when something goes wrong YOU hear about it and it's left to you to find the solution. and there were plenty of "plates that needed spinning" on Saturday. From our drastic shortage of pop, not enough coolers and ice, to making sure everything was set up...and lots of things have to be done last minute - that's just the nature of the beast. Ed was our resident plate spinner and he kept the invite running without any visible problems. The biggest stress I'm sure was where and how to park cars. By the 2nd band of class B our parking lot was full and we were completely out of room - he did a fantastic job of coordinating with custodial staff and our parking volunteers to make sure we utilized every INCH of space we had available! Thanks Ed! - CLICK HERE for a photo of people parking along I-69 to get to the stadium (that is a joke kids...)
Cara Skidgel and Marilyn Miars - These two were in charge of a myriad of things...Cara was mainly in charge of "in field" or "in stadium". A huge role because this is what every spectator sees! If this area isn't running efficiently we leave a bad taste with the parents and spectators that come to our show. Some were already bummed with how far they walked to get into the stadium, it was up to her to make sure that feeling went away once they were there...and it did! They had incredible food to eat! Click here for an actual plate that was served during the game...a little over board don't you think Marilyn? - we got many compliments about how our food was the best of any invitational...we had an army of band parents cooking and serving up food until the last person left the stadium. By the end of the night I think we had 2 hot dogs left over...not too shabby! Thanks you two for all of your efforts!
Cindy Maxwell - Cindy has the daunting task of knowing "this is all yours next year" as booster VP she'll be in Ed's role and she was floating and doing a huge mix of things. She got her hands dirty and was in the trenches all night making sure things got done. I think she'll be ready to take on the task of making next year an even bigger success! Thanks Cindy for playing the human bumper car Saturday!
Denice Evers - Was in charge of programs. She worked a lot of hours on making these programs just perfect. She took this project and ran with it. So many creative ideas on how to reduce cost and maximize profit on this item were implemented...and the first thing she said to me was "I have more ideas for next year on how to make this better". I'm not sure how it could have been any better but I'm excited to see what happens! Oh, and by the way - we made DOUBLE on program sales in comparison to last year!
Pete Moga and Bill Britten - These guys have to visualize how each school is going to fit into the north end of our parking lot ....buses, staff vehicles, AND semis. No easy task. And they have to do it on the fly! With no real idea on when a school might arrive they have to be quick on their toes to make sure every band can fit into this confined area but still have enough room to remove equipment and set up before it is time to go to warm up. Not to mention the "before and after" duties like getting lights for our warm up areas and cleaning up the parking lot after the schools leave. These guys were here from start to finish and they did incredible!
A special thanks to those of you that stayed ALL DAY LONG to make sure the event was a success: Tom Foster, John Pierce, and Christine Smith to name a few....again I know I'm missing many people but I need to move on!
To anyone who helped Saturday: From the depths of my heart: Thank YOU for all of your hard work. I hope you had fun and I know you already know it is for a great cause. Your children will never understand the sacrifices you're making right now for them until they are much older. But I promise they will know eventually and when they grow older and have children of their own they will be incredible parents because they have such great people to model themselves after. Thanks again.
THE WEEK AHEAD!
Tuesday - Practice 3:15 - 5:30
Light the night 6:00 - 7:30
Wednesday - Practice 6:00 - 9:00
Thursday - Practice 6:00 - 9:00
Friday - No School
Saturday - Avon Invite - Itinerary CLICK HERE
That's it for this week! We're pushing the kids further and further and you will see some pretty cool changes to the show this Saturday - don't miss it!
-- Mr. Munoz
I feel the anxiety getting higher and higher already as this morning has gone on...It is the week of our invitational and there is a huge amount of stress added because of it. I could get into HOW MUCH effort it takes to plan something like this but I simply don't have the time!
First and foremost please look on the front page of the website and see what still needs to be filled and VOLUNTEER! THIS WILL COUNT AS TWO OF YOUR VOLUNTEER CREDITS!!
Reasons why this invitational is so important:
1. It is the one and only reflection on East Noble High School and the community that most schools will ever have.
2. It is a successful event that has been running for 35 years and we want it to run for 35 more!
3. It is a chance for our band to receive critical feedback during a crucial point of our season without the concern or burden of a published score.
With yet another stellar performance by our Marching Knights this week will bring a whole new transformation to the show. You will see noticeable changes...not just cleaning! I'm very excited about this show and happy to report so are the judges! The biggest word that keeps recurring is ACHIEVEMENT. The show is a great vehicle for excellence and our students now must focus on how they can achieve at the highest level. It is now, more than ever, vital that every student be in attendance during rehearsals! As I said to most this morning:
It is not that YOU might not get the changes or the clarification (although that is part of it), it is that the others AROUND YOU are affected by your absence.
To keep things short I will move on to the busy week ahead!
Monday - Homework tables (These are required ladies and gentlemen!)
Tuesday - Rehearsal 3:15 - 5:30
Wednesday - Rehearsal 6:00 - 9:00
Thursday - Rehearsal 6:00 - 9:00
Friday - BLACKOUT GAME - dressed and ready to go by 6:00 pm
Saturday - EAST NOBLE INVITATIONAL - Itinerary HERE ; Volunteer list HERE
- All parents are asked to send a dish for the hospitality room (dessert or finger food, or some sort of incredible entree) with their students to practice on Saturday. PLEASE LABEL YOUR DISH!
Email me if you'd like to sign up to volunteer and what for - I will get you on the list.
That's it for me! Have a great week and I'll see you this weekend!
Finally - a few snapshots from the weekend from our resident photographer, the great Doug Nowels!
-- Mr. Munoz
Hello and welcome to week 2 of our contest season!
Last week brought some tremendous results for our kids and I'm happy to share our score was the highest in recent history on week 1. To give you some perspective:
2012 ENMK week 1 score: 56.40
2013 ENMK week 1 score: 62.60
That's over 6 points! Were are clearly launching ourselves at a higher level of excellence this year - and the kid's hard work was rewarded on Saturday.
With that said - now that we have comments and thoughts on our show, you will start to see some small changes and some bigger changes in the show. You more than likely won't hear a completely different musical line or an entirely new form. But you will hear nuances that enhance the show and the performance. But the overall focus will always be how to get our kids to perform better and express emotion more clearly.
With no football game this week it will be all about focusing on our show and how to make an already stellar show more incredible. And if you were at Bluffton you know we had one heck of a performance!
We had an INCREDIBLE parent group last weekend - I would love to see those DeKalb stands FULL of BLUE AND GOLD this weekend!!! Our kids love hearing you cheer them on!
A few items I want to remind you of:
THIS WEDNESDAY - Show shirt order forms are due. If you would like to order and THEN pay that would be fine, but we really need to make sure we get our orders in no later than Wednesday of this week.
Our rehearsal schedule is altered this week - please make sure you know!
Here is the week ahead:
Monday - Homework tables 3:15-4:15
Tuesday - Rehearsal 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday - Rehearsal 3:15 - 5:30 pm
Thursday - Rehearsal 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Friday - off
Saturday - DEKALB INVITATIONAL
A few pictures of the weekend below....
My Apologies for the delay in this week's edition of the Director's Blog, with the long weekend I went to Columbus, OH to see a great friend get married (don't worry I didn't wear the blue suit). On the drive home, as everyone else was sleeping, I started to lose control a little bit and became overwhelmed at how much is happening this week! That being said this is one of my least favorite weeks of competition...and here's why:
1. This is the kids first rodeo of the season...and I don't count football games. I don't count football games because the crowds are loud, and the students know they're not competing. Don't get me wrong - halftime is a great time for us to entertain the audience in the stands and to really get an idea of what our show looks like without the pressures of a judged performance...but there's something special about a football stadium when the seats are packed, there is standing room only, and you could hear a pin drop.
2. What if the judges don't like the show? - I know I've done this enough and surrounded myself with enough talent to know this question shouldn't linger in my brain, but it does...constantly. This is the only show that this occurs - they'll tell you if you're on the right track or not. And if you are, there aren't any worries because you know what you need to keep doing. I've only been told once "I don't get it"....and we spent about 6 weeks of our 8 week season trying to fix and present the show in a way that the judges understood...obviously that season didn't turn out too well.
BUT! here is why I'm excited:
1. The Kids - our kids have simply been incredible this season. They've stepped up their game and forced the staff to step up theirs...and incredible accomplishment! We received so many compliments from the preview show and football game on how impressed people are with how much show we have and how well they're performing it. I can only second those praises. We, day in and day out, continue to push the kids to the max and demand focus and execution at such a high level I cannot wait to see what we produce!
2. The Parents - The best around. Period. They have COMPLETELY reconfigured our semi to accommodate our new percussion equipment, purchased new plooms, sewn uniforms, made lunches, worked fundraisers, the list goes on and on folks..and why? So our kids can have the best possible season without the worries of all the other "stuff". So with my deepest appreciation: THANK YOU!
3. The Show - Our show is a lot of fun. It is very different from what I've been a part of and it really has me excited! We have a new color guard designer, music arranger, show design staff, and even someone new making costumes and flags for the guard. I think the formula this year is really going to turn some heads. Please make as many contests as you can - you won't be disappointed!
ENOUGH OF THE TALK! Let's get down to business and see how busy our week really is!
Tuesday - Rehearsal 3:15 - 5:30
Wednesday - Rehearsal 6:00 - 9:00 - look for show shirt order forms tonight
Thursday - Rehearsal 6:00 - 9:00
Friday - FB game vs. Homestead
- 5:00 pm - color guard pictures and retakes for anyone who missed them
- 5:15 pm - Senior group photo
- 5:45 pm - all students dressed and ready to warm up in the band room
- 6:45 pm - game time!
Saturday - Bluffton Invitational (itinerary posted under marching knights or click here)
I leave you with a picture of our drum majors sporting our new plooms - they look marvelous! Thanks again to the boosters for purchasing them!
SEE YOU SATURDAY!
-- Mr. Munoz
A blog to keep let you know how things are going! Weekly updates from Mr. Munoz, Mr. Cary, or Mr. Haydl