Well it has been a whirlwind couple of weeks and there is a lot to get caught up on...so I'll get right to it!
DEKALB - It seems like a century has gone by since we performed at DeKalb doesn't it? Never-the-less we were there and we were there in full force. We gave a strong performance but the kids described it as "timid". This was a word that stuck with us throughout the following week as we entered our invitational. But let me tell you - the odds were stacked against us leading up to our invitational -
- Build a yellow brick road out of a tarp (check)
- Paint the tarp (check)
- "brick" the tarp (check)
- build a prop 24' wide by 9' high (check)
- paint the prop (check)
- repaint the prop because Munoz SCREWED UP! (double check)
- Work the "change to yellow" (check)
- learn Norwell's school song (check)
- learn "Happy Birthday" in various forms for community performance (check)
- put on 3rd movement to perform by Friday (check)
HOLY COW!!! - looking at that list I honestly cannot believe how we got through it all! The kids were absolutely incredible. And our show was too! On Saturday we hosted 17 of the best bands from our area and it went off without a hitch. With the threat of rain we were ready to use our rain plan but luckily did not have to.
I am always amazed at the efforts of our parents - There are so many things that "just get done" without me even knowing. To be honest the entire day was a whirlwind...that was about the quickest 16 hours have gone by!! Our parents were running the invitational with such ease (from the outside at least) that I was able to focus on our kids and simply thanking people for attending. It is very comforting to know we have such a strong support system in place to help this gigantic program run. If you haven't gotten involved yet YOU SHOULD!! I know there are many parents getting ready to graduate with their students and they will be leaving BIG shoes to fill (and that's coming from a guy who wears size 14!).
Our parents are so incredible, in fact, that after the monstrous undertaking that was the 35th EN invitational they are now gearing up for Apple Fest this weekend!
What else is this weekend? Well SENIOR NIGHT for one tomorrow! I'm looking forward to being able to, if even for a quick moment, highlight what an outstanding senior class we have. They are the few, the proud, the seniors...and they have contributed so much and certainly deserve an evening where we can recognize them for all of their efforts.
Saturday is the big one though...DISTRICT! Parents and fans - you'll notice a lot of changes in our show - we are working on refining the show and creating a true "production". you'll get a sneak peak tomorrow night, but certainly to get the full effect you will want to be at Homestead on Saturday. Check the itinerary on the front page for times!
I'm very proud of this group - what incredible attitudes. To be able to work with such positive kids makes this show all the more special. I know the staff has been working fervently to make sure this show is as incredible for the kids as possible. Ladies and Gentlemen of Blogville - this is when the show starts to get really fun. Remember the family picnic? When we tried to do SOME of the third moment? Well if you do, keep that image in your head when we step off the line on Saturday - to say we have come a long way is an UNDERSTATEMENT, and I can't wait to show off what we have on Saturday!
Alright - that's it, I have about an hour until rehearsal so it's time to start focusing in on making this show as incredible as possible! I hope to see lots of Blue and Gold Saturday!!
- Mr. Munoz
p.s. - thanks to the Nowels family for the picture above (I stole it from facebook...better give some credit!)
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