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
A blog to keep let you know how things are going! Weekly updates from Mr. Munoz, Mr. Cary, or Mr. Haydl