Well it begins! Life after marching band will officially start monday with the beginning of pep band! but before I move on to talk about what is in store here are a few post-season thoughts
What can you say when you, without a doubt, have worked harder at something than ever before and get that awesome feeling of accomplishment through your performances? Not much to be honest. I know the season did not finish as many had hoped but as we say many times: One moment does not define who you are. And it certainly does not define our group! This is a talented and very persevering group of young adults we have on our hands and the future is bright!
Pretty cool....I hope the seniors and their parents enjoyed that moment. I know it is a "new tradition" but almost immediately I think we all felt the emotional and symbolic power those lanterns floating away from us had when the seniors "let go". Seniors: We'll do our best to do you proud and push our bands to even higher heights! You were the FOUNDATION in which I installed the philosophy by which we now operate. If it weren't for you buying into that philosophy we would never have gotten everyone on board and risen to success so quickly!
LIFE STILL GOES ON
Saying goodbye is never easy, but I think perhaps it will be a little easier since this isn't our last goodbye. We have much more in store! Here is a run down of what we're getting ourselves into this winter!
Winter Guard - We are really ramping this program up this year and are going to see some incredible things! Commitment forms due by November 15th. extra forms available from Mr. Munoz
Winter Percussion - Will stay the course and keep moving up! Huge strides in the last two years and no signs of stopping! Commitment forms due by November 15th. extra forms available from Mr. Munoz
Pep Band - Sign up list is on my window and they're already filling in numbers! We're going to revamp our playlists and really step up our game so we're more of a 6th man than ever!
Jazz Band - already has music! The kids are hungry and I'm not going to make it easy on them this year!
Solo and Ensemble - We need more Participants! Don't be scared - be brave and know this activity makes you a far better musician than anything else we do
and before you know it...we'll be having our marching band meeting for 2014! Don't blink freshman - you'll be walking down the gym floor with a cap and gown on before you know it...soak it all in and get involved!
November 1st - Hornline and Percussion travel with football team to Leo (buses load at 5)
Color Guard stays at EN to represent ENMK in safe trick-or-treating
November 7th - 7:00 pm - band booster meeting
November 9th - 4:30 - 6:30 THROWBACK ROLLER SKATING PARTY AT THE SKATIN STATION! Everyone is invited! let's pack the place....it's closed down just for us!
November 10th - 2:00 pm - Halftime Highlights, our awards banquet and one last standstill performance for the 2013 ENMK
November 15th - Commitment forms for winter percussion and guard due.
My apologies for not posting a blog last week - to be honest I really had to force myself to sit down and write this one as the hours of open time have shifted now to just minutes! Regardless, I know many appreciate this form of communication and I am doing my best to keep this line open.
Our kids were faced with a tough one last week - the schedule was different, we had a rough performance at the football game on friday, a long practice on Saturday, and not the results we were hoping for later in the evening at Wayne HS. As I read scores aloud I could quickly sense the disappointment in our kids' eyes and tried to assure them things are fine but it didn't seem to appease many. However....we are fine!
We always set high expectations for ourselves, and more often than not our kids see immediate results for those efforts. Saturday was probably the first time in the season they experienced a moment of disappointment as we didn't quite reach the goal we had set in our head. And to be quite honest a 67.85 is an awesome score! That's the highest score we've received at the Snider invitational in 5 YEARS - but I think the disappointment sets in when they know they have more inside to give (which is also a great quality).
All I can tell the students is: if there aren't moments where you are challenged you can never prove your ability to persevere - and that's what was really given to us on Saturday; The opportunity to show how much resilience we really have and how much we can persevere through all circumstances.
So to the students that are reading this: Snider was gift of opportunity for us, a chance to prove this week how much passion, dedication, and perseverance we really have inside of us. It is tough to bounce back when you fall short of your goals - although just because you don't reach your goal doesn't mean you haven't achieved great things! Let's make sure we take a step back and look at all we've accomplished this year in the show and remember how high of a level we really are at! <-- (sorry English teachers for that rain wreck of a sentence). And now moving forward let us test how much of those qualities we have inside of ourselves.
We are heading into the most important week of our season and the schedule is a little different so here is your reminder (always on the Google calendar):
Tuesday: Rehearsal - 6:00-9:00
Wednesday: Rehearsal - 6:00 - 9:00
Thursday: BAND EXTRAVAGANZA - students dressed by 6:00 pm concert at 6:30 pm in main gym
Friday: Rehearsal - 3:00 - 5:10 pm
Football Game - Dressed and ready by 6:10 pm
Saturday: ISSMA REGIONAL AT LAFAYETTE JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL
One more thing : We did draw a home game for our first round of sectionals - This means we WILL PERFORM next Friday at the football game on October 25th!
Have a great week and I'll see you soon!
-- Mr. Munoz
Hello! Again my apologies for the tardiness of the report, but we're in the heart of marching season and with the two hour delays these last two days have flown by!
Well we're already on Wednesday and we are heading to Plymouth this weekend. This is a new site for us, at least for me. It's always exciting to go to a new school to see all of what "they" have. Last week at Avon I got to see their new band room (keep in mind this is their 3rd band room in about 20 years...incredible!!). To be honest it reminded me of a cafeteria it was so big!
But they clearly thought through everything. It has a different color tile marking a 60 X 80 section so the winter percussion and winter guard can practice their spots without using a tarp all of the time. The practice rooms are inside the band room but on a second level - the second level is also used as a crows nest for viewing the winter groups as they rehearse.
In addition to the incredible band area let's just say they really have a "complex" - a uniform room AND a uniform repair room. A costume room complete with washers and dryers, an instrument repair room with ice machine, prop storage, and they even have a 2 port garage accessible from the band room where the dad's can work on props as well as store their two semi trailers during the winter months.
NOW - that being said, this phrase echoed many times from the mouths of our staff: "You know, we still have incredible facilities". And we do! We may have one of the nicest facilities in Northern Indiana to be honest with you. While we are looking ahead and noticing that we'll be growing we are finding that our space is not becoming over crowded but is fitting us perfectly. We have two band rooms with 5 practice rooms, a conference area with library, multiple storage rooms, and a room just for electronics to keep things safe. Our area is fantastic! And while going to a school like Avon makes us drool - that is actually the rare event when travelling to other schools. Most schools we see have old dingy carpet, lockers for instruments (maybe) that are broken and in disrepair, one or MAYBE two practice rooms that are used for storage and not their original purpose because for some reason a lot of contractors forget they're building a facility and not just a room. That is what we run into most of the time - however whatever we see out there it always reinforces how lucky we are at East Noble to have such fantastic facilities!
Alright - let's move on to the week ahead and even further so you have as much notice as possible:
Wednesday - Rehearsal 6:00 - 9:00 pm in stadium
Thursday - Rehearsal 6:00 - 9:00 pm in stadium
Saturday - Competition at Plymouth (click here)
NEXT WEEK IS HOMECOMING! While this is always a fun week it's tough to keep everyone focused on our season. Students: yes you are expected to be at rehearsal no matter what the event!
THURSDAY of homecoming is the homecoming parade at 7:00 pm. We will break from rehearsal to do the parade and then after the parade dismiss....so a VERY short rehearsal indeed.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 17TH - is the Band Extravaganza with the middle school bands. The marching band will be performing in the gymnasium with the rest of the bands...concert starts at 6:30 - make sure you're there!
FRIDAY OCTOBER 18TH - because we are losing a rehearsal to fall break and it is the week of regional the STUDENTS have elected to rehearse on Friday before the football game. Practice will be from 3:00-5:30 with a break for dinner and then we will continue on with our football game as normal.
That's it for me! I'll leave you with a few photos Doug Nowels shot over the weekend....see you all at Applefest!
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