Well this summer brought many changes to the East Noble Marching Knights and it is hard to believe it is already over. Let me first start by saying this new website is fantastic...a HUGE thanks to Mr. Cary for making this a reality!
With the new website comes new features - one being our Director's Blog: On the Record, Off The Podium. This blog will be geared toward parents and students - keeping you up to date on the events that have occurred and some non-wisdom from the guys that are on the podium (or behind a computer).
So let's get it started!
Believe it or not - we DID start in June! With the Fundamentals/Parade week we saw the first of many changes in our band program and town. East Noble was a pivotal role in the creation of the new "Noble County All-Star Marching Band". With over 90 members representing East and Central Noble HS to say it was a success is a HUGE understatement! We made our musical debut at the Chain O' Lakes parade in Albion. We're looking forward to next year and getting more participation from all three Noble County Schools and perhaps adding a performance!
July is the month where we see a lot of summertime action. After 5 weeks of relaxation we went back to work to design our 2012 production: There's No Place Like Home. It has loose ties to the Wizard of Oz...I don't want to give away too much, but listen and hear if you can spot the following famous pieces that make their appearance in the show: Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Goodbye Yellowbrick Road, and Going Home (from Dvorak's 9th Symphony).
All in all we spent 2 full weeks in the blazing sun to put out over 50 drill charts (formations) on the field and to music. It was a productive and successful summer!
Well...time for school already! We had a few rehearsals in the "down time" between camp and school, but now that school has started we're in full swing! Keep checking the calendar that you received in hard copy, or check out our Google calendar on the main website...by the way for you smart-phone users: you can sync up this "East Noble Bands" Calendar to your calendar on your phone to save yourself from getting onto the website all the time!
This year we've ramped up what we do in student leadership. As everyone knows we have had a program that focuses on student driven leadership...not an authoritarian style type of band from the ol' days. This year we've created our "Three Pillars of a Highly Successful Band Program" - completely made by OUR students we have established three pillars: Excellence, Pride, and Commitment. Within each pillar we have three levels of success: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. At the end of each week we highlight students who have represented these pillars and this band very well. For more info - check out the posters in the band room!
Well that wraps it up for this first installment of: On the Record, Off The Podium. Mainly because I'm getting ready to write the very next one! In the next blog we'll talk more about what has happened with our show and the "Block that heard round the school"
- Mr. Munoz
A blog to keep let you know how things are going! Weekly updates from Mr. Munoz, Mr. Cary, or Mr. Haydl