When you read the title I'm sure many of you thought:
"Munoz, it's been so long since you've blogged you have no idea where you're supposed to pick up! It's not the last half of the season...We haven't even started!"
Correct. The competition portion of our season has yet to start, but hour wise we are well into the last half of our season. That thought is somewhat depressing, isn't it? So much of what we do (and this is true for all sports) occurs out of uniform, and off the field. We've spent over 200 hours on the parking lot, in the classroom, and in practice rooms getting our show what we now affectionately call "Bluffton Ready". We know that this Saturday's performance will be far from our best, but we have laid out an expectation that we all want to meet. While we strive to continue to exude greatness, we will (now weekly) have goals in our mind of where we want to be. If you'd like to see how we're scored, stop by the band room - the judge's sheets are blown up and posted in the hallway by my office.
With the new season comes new formats, and while Scholastic is not a new format per sey, it will be the first year we see Scholastic being offered at invitationals. Unfortunately that means Open Class B has gotten much smaller...on the bright side hopefully there is now more seating for our parents!
We have lots of people to thank for helping us get up and running, but PETE MOGA deserves a special shout out for coordinating the construction of what is, undoubtedly, the largest amount of props we've ever used! Thanks to all who have helped him accomplish this endeavor!
Two items I want to mention before you go back to reading espn or taking a buzzfeed quiz on facebook:
1. Band Family Picnic - last year we had close to 250 people in attendance...what a great turn out! THIS THURSDAY at 5:30 in the parking lot (where we normally practice), it will be a great time and not only are you invited, but anyone else you can think of! Now that we've started friends and family night on Thursdays some of you will be used to this format, but this Thursday we'll go into greater detail about what our show is about, what and how we learn a marching band show, and other great details that will make Saturday performances that much more special. This is a potluck dinner, so bring your own service ware and a blanket or chairs as well as your food assignment. More info can be found on the front page of the website or by CLICKING HERE.
2. ITINERARY FOR BLUFFTON - Is posted on the front page of the website. Be sure to check it out! We're staying close to home for many competitions...we hope to pack the stands with blue and gold! A competition isn't nearly as special for the kids when they don't hear their parents going crazy for them in the stands. Let's not let them down!
That's all for this week! I'll see most of you Thursday, and ALL of you Saturday :)
-- Mr. Munoz
Hello and good morning!
This is going to be a quick - no nonsense - kind of update to fulfill my pledge of having a blog update every week!
TONIGHT - Christmas concert for the band and choir at Cole Auditorium. Cookie Walk starting at 6:00 with a little pre-show music starting around 6:15! just $5.00 for a dozen homemade cookies! Concert starts at 7:00!
Thursday - Winter Guard rehearsal at Avilla from 5-8 and Winter Percussion rehearsal from 3:15-5:30
Friday - Pep band game - rehearsal starts at 6:15. game should release by 9:30
Saturday - Winter Percussion rehearsal from 9 am - 3 pm with a lunch break (on your own). Also...Mr. Munoz finally picks up Maestro the puppy (anyone good at making blue suits for dogs? he has to look good at those football games...)
Sunday - The Flamtastic Cheesecake Twirl-a-looza at the ENHS cafeteria. for $5.00 you get some incredible cheesecake and some even more incredible entertainment put on by the winter guard, winter percussion, and jazz band...come out! 3:00-5:00 pm. a raffle will be held for a 51" big screen tv as well! (tv raffle tickets also just $5.00)
That's it for me! Just 13 days until Christmas and I have YET to purchase a Christmas present for my mom....any ideas? I'm really struggling here folks!
- - Mr. Munoz
Good Morning everyone,
I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving break - I know mine was filled with family, friends, and fellowship. I find this break to always be the most exhausting. I rarely find time to just "veg" and relax, instead I'm cramming as much as I can into an extended weekend. It's certainly rewarding but I'm not sure how refreshing! The Christmas/New Year's break is always much different: A little bit of down time between the holidays allows me time to sleep in, catch up on housework, and just slow down life for a short period of time. Once the new year hits the band program is beyond busy. In fact the next "free" Friday night will be the first Friday of March!!!
These next 3 weeks are sort of a "prequel" to what will ensue. We have a ton going on in the band program, and I'll give you the week by week "run down" from here to break, but be sure to check the Google calendar to stay up-to-date. For downloadable activity calendars: those can be found on their respective links on this website.
A few important upcoming events that are NOT this week:
December 11th - Cookie Walk and Christmas Concert
December 13th - Pep Band Game
December 15th - Cheesecake Fundraiser
December 20th - Pep Band Game
ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK!
Monday - Winter Guard - 5 - 8 pm (all rehearsals at Avilla Elementary unless otherwise noted)
Tuesday - Winter Guard - 5 - 8 pm
Winter Percussion 3:15 - 5:30 (all WP rehearsals at ENHS)
Thursday - Winter Guard - 5 - 8 pm
Winter Percussion 3:15 - 5:30 pm
BAND BOOSTER MEETING 7:00 pm - Small Band Room
Saturday - Winter Guard Rehearsal 9 am - 12 noon (AT EAST NOBLE HIGH SCHOOL)
CHRISTMAS PARADE - 12 noon - arrive at ENHS and change into unifrom
12:45 pm - depart for parade route
1:00 pm - parade
2:00 pm - return to ENHS
Pep Band Game - 6:15 - Call Time
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE - Attend the booster meeting! Lots of information regarding next year and Winter Program fundraisers will be given...this is your chance to not only be involved, but have a say in the direction of our programs!
Thanks everyone....The next three weeks are going to go fast....hang on!
-- Mr. Munoz
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!
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