Congratulations to every one for an excellent marching season that was capped off by our last game on Friday and a big day in Warrensburg on Saturday!
First, we are done with 7AM practices, Wednesday morning 5th hr practices, and 1st hr Monday night practices! We will be working on concert music from here on though there is a volunteer pep band away game this Thursday night at SM North and we will have to see what happens on Nov. 1st. Please plan to attend the game Thursday. That was a tough loss for our guys Friday night. We want to show them that no matter what the win/loss column shows, Raider Pride is alive and well and there is no better representative of that than YOU, the Rompin' Stompin' Raider Band!
Warrensburg was simply a great day! In a field that turned out to be tougher than expected, we finished prelims with an excellent performance that put us in 3rd place in our division and 4th overall in a field of 21 bands. Prelim scores were not posted while we were at the festival but we now know that we ended up with the high score for music ensemble (basically, how the band plays) and first place for visual (marching style, drill execution, including band choreography). Both guard and drumline got second in our division! That is pretty awesome!
For Finals, we pushed our game up even higher....but was it enough? We were in 4th place going into finals but knew we were close on the heels of the 3rd place band. Only the top 4 places are read at the end of finals. The group announced in 4th place band had come up from 6th. Oh, no! Had we fallen....but there we were in 3rd! The kids had dug deep and moved up! When the final results were posted, we had created some distance over the fourth place band and were less than a point behind 2nd and not far from first. Again, we got the high music ensemble score (I got to say, to me, this is THE most important score...and I'm not just saying that because we came out on top in that category but it does sure make me proud!). We also snagged top score with the individual visual judge (those fundies paid off!). Just a great day!
Enormous congratulations to our students! They were so focused and determined to do their best. The student leadership has been fantastic this year and the whole group showed commitment and drive to increase their skills all season. There are so many who made special contributions but let me single out Kate with her amazing daily positive and inclusive energy that was paired with her clear instructions and very high standards. Also, Mr. President, Brandon K who has constantly taken charge of things that needed to be done! He volunteered to take on daily responsibility of the screens, it was his work that made the senior posters a reality and those shirts were his idea....and there were so many other moments when he just saw a need and took care of it. I think initiative is one of the most important characteristics a person can have and Kate and Brandon exemplify initiative! What phenomenal role models! Also, special kudos to our clarinet speaker patrol and our pit percussion who not only played wonderfully but also moved all that equipment everyday. I got to tell you, some of that stuff is HEAVY!
Thank you to the parents who did so much to make this season go smoothly...or if it wasn't, you took care of it so I didn't know about it! Saturday was a great example. We had parents chaperoning busses, taking care of uniforms, cooking hamburgers, moving equipment to and from the field, pluming and unpluming the kids, passing out water and snacks and a thousand other little things that make a huge difference! Special thanks to our truck crew of Selzer and Herrmann and all that helped them for getting and returning the truck and loading and unloading SOOO much stuff. Our parent volunteers are fantastic and they always seem to be having such a great time doing it. Of course, my co-workers are absolutely the best. Mr. Schapker put together this wonderful drill and concept for the show, Mrs. Szczesny is so creative and giving of her time and talents, Evan is an incredible musician and educator, and Mrs. Hoelscher is the best at getting these students ready in middle school then is there every chance she has to continue helping at the high school. Mrs. Adams is always right there to help out, too. She knew that marrying me meant marrying into the South Band. She is a huge help to me and is always ready to jump right in and work. Add to this, Coach Long and Mrs. Carson from Pace and we really do have The Dream Team teaching staff!
Information about Symphonic Band auditions are posted. On this site, go to "Students" then "Auditions" and check out the information.