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
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