Saturday, October 22, 2005

UIL Marching Contest

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This is my last year as a band parent. My last year to attend UIL Marching Contest. I will experience a lot of these "lasts" this year because my youngest is a senior. Today all the band's hard work came under the scrutiny of three judges in one performance. It was an important day.

I suppose everything started as it usually does. A run-through of the show on the home field before loading the buses to head to Victoria two hours away. Needville's band marches 120 which is large for a AAA school. It takes three yellow school buses and an equipment truck to transport all the students and gear. Before the band even got out of town, the truck loaded with the instruments broke down. My husband and I were already on the road and kept getting updates from our son over the phone. "We're trying to locate some trucks and trailers to haul the instruments." Then, "We're on the road. The instruments will come later, so our performance may be delayed." And the last phone call, "We're almost there. They say we will perform at our regular time. We have to head straight to the warm up room as soon as we get there."

I know the kids, the directors and everyone involved were feeling rushed and stressed. I was nervous for them. But when they took the field, they looked sharp.
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Normally I watch the band perform as a whole, but today my eyes were on my son. I watched as he directed the band and hardly noticed anything else. He was awesome! The band left the field after the performance and we went to wait with them for the judges' scores. No one in the band was smiling. Did they mess up or something? I wasn't really paying attention. Then, I realize they are just nervous. It's hard to smile when you're nervous.

Finally the band director delivers the news...straight ones. An unanimous superior rating!
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Congratulations Bluejay Band!
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Friday's football game: Needville 36, Palacios 9. Could this be a play-off year? Two games left.

6 comments:

  1. Well done, Bluejays!

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  2. Hooray for the band and Hooray for your son! Congratulations on being the parent of a Superior rated band member! I know how exciting it must be for them. My kids have been participating in UIL the past few years and they really enjoy it a lot but my oldest band member is only in 7th grade this year. Congratulations again! :)

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  3. Yippy! What a great time to be a mother. Enjoy! PS - I LOVE the tuba picture!

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  4. Wow! How incredibly cool! I marched in band both in high school and college. Unfortunately, I came from schools where band participation was very low, and we really couldn't do much. I just get the chills looking at your pictures of the band on the field! To this day, I love going to games and watching the half-time show. My kids just don't understand that. Very sad!
    Congrats! What fun!

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  5. love the tuba photo. Congrats to the band.

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  6. Yay for your son's band! Your tuba photo could be inspiration for a wall hanging! The colors are stunning and the curved shapes are very artistic.

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~Tracy