Well it's here - our first home football game. To be honest I'm quite excited, and if you don't mind me starting with a personal story I'd like to tell you why:
You see, I went to a high school where our team would win maybe two games a year and they always happened to be either on the road or when it was raining and the band had called it an early night to save the equipment and uniforms. Our one promising year (so they said) was my senior year and in preseason both our starting AND 2nd string quarterback were injured...so our wide receiver was now our quarterback? Anyhow - you can imagine that the season was less than exhilarating. we were beaten in the first round of sectionals by a modest 72-0...
Fast forward to my college years - well I worked for that same high school and they kept producing the same results...I student taught and I didn't think it COULD get any worse...until I saw that team. AND THEN my first school...well they continued the trend. To be honest I was starting to think it was me and some sort of curse I carried around with me to each school I went. Until I got to East Noble.
Again I say this because the first EN football game I attended was an eye opener. I have never seen a stadium even half full - let alone people waiting in line at the gate for it to open. Or cars lining the road because they can't get in, or a giant scissor lift with a couch on it for the "best seat in the house". I was in awe - I was so excited to see, what to me was a spectacle. And the football team delivered - I don't remember who they played but I remember how they played. It was tough - they were hitting hard and scoring fast. And then.....the cannon. Oh the cannon. At the end of the night when we won the game I was so pumped up for our next football game, and since then I love every Friday night home game when we come to it. I can talk about how hard those guys work and how dedicated they are (just follow Mr. Amstutz on Twitter and watch how many times he'll retweet his kids about how excited they are or focused on what is next) but what really excites me the most is knowing you can't fill a stadium with just the football parents. Mix in the parents of the cheerleaders and band and you still don't have enough to fill half the stadium. The community shuts down and pours into our stadium each home game to root on our kids, our team, and our school...it's inspiring to be honest. I love that I am with a community that gets behind our school and roots on our kids - no matter what the event.
So there is my story and why I love our home football games so much....and now on to the BUSY week ahead!
Monday - Homework tables
- These are REQUIRED FOR EVERY PERSON they will take place in the band room, to be "excused" from homework tables the student must have all A's and B's in their classes and must ask THE DAY OF homework tables to be excused so we have the most accurate grade information.
Tuesday - Rehearsal 3:15 - 5:30
Wednesday - FAMILY PICNIC 6:00 - 9:00 pm
- Check the Marching Knights section to see your food assignment
- takes place at the football stadium - it will be a GREAT time....don't miss it!
Thursday - Rehearsal 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Friday - Marching Band Pictures and Home Football Game
- individual and buddy photos after school
- Section Photos and group photo at 5:00 pm
- Game starts at 7:00 pm (pregame starts about 6:50 pm)
I end this entry with a couple of photos snapped by one of our wonderful band dad's Doug Nowels. He does a fantastic job of not only getting us some great shots of the kids but keeping the tradition and history of the EN band alive! These are from this past weekend at our Car Wash at Aaron's - it was a HUGE success! Thanks to all who came out and volunteered or supported us by getting their car washed and got a pork burger. Also a huge thanks to Cindy Maxwell for being our chair person for the event - thanks Cindy!
-- Mr. Munoz
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