There was no update with the football game because we got rained out. It was their homecoming, so we were to perform after the game. One of our players got injured during third quarter, so our halftime-third quarter break was greatly extended. We met some really kind and nice band members—the nicest I’ve ever met!
And that’s your football update. This week was our bye week. I spent Friday night with my boyfriend instead of going to the optional practice we had. No lower brass showed up to it…ouch.
This did not impair how we performed at the Ocala Marching Band Festival, however.
At the conclusion of band camp, August 5th, I wrote that Umatilla would have to watch themselves, as we were out for blood this year.
We completed our show a week ago and were cleaning it throughout practices. If you don’t know the plot of our show, Journey Home, here it is:
Soldier (a volunteer from our school’s ROTC) has been away from home a long time. Has a wife (our colorguard captain) at home that misses him. The wife represents him throughout the show as he can’t exactly spin a flag. Intro “Coming Home” has the solider realize he is finally returning home. However, opener “Apollo Unleashed” reveals problems that the soldier will face, and the path created in the intro is blocked. Ballad “Home” further reflects on the theme of wishing to return home after a long journey. Once again, the soldier believes he is very close to home. But just as before, Frank Ticheli cannot let him get what he wants (closer “Profanation”). At the conclusion of “Profanation”, the sun has risen on the soldier’s problems and the path is illuminated, bringing him home at last to the triumphant “Paradiso”.
Our drum major always cries at the end, out of happiness.
I tell you this because we nailed the show yesterday. I have never seen our drum major so proud at the conclusion of a show. She described the show as the best we have ever done at the West Port (Ocala) competition.
We were the first 2A band on, so the odds didn’t really look in our favor statistically. We were the smallest 2A band there, with only 31 horns. We stayed for a while before awards. I ate chili cheese fries twice, had passion mango and root beer snow cones, napped in the grass next to my boyfriend, and talked with some Hernando, North Port, and Suwannee kids (many of whom complimented my Oshawott hat).
We, of course, watched a lot of bands, mostly 3A and 4A. My favorites were Eastside, Vanguard, University, and Leesburg. Eastside (a Wizard of Oz show) had a more traditional band spin, and I ended up enjoying it. Vanguard (“Knight Train”, locomotive themed) had a very creative show and TRAIN WHISTLES and bales of hay with the trumpets and mellophones on it and I really liked it. University High School’s show gave me chills. Leesburg (“Bounce”, exactly what it seems like) really used their budget. So much creative guard equipment, and mini trampolines. I especially loved the saxophone soloist: both soprano and alto. It has to be heard to be believed—this kid was fantastic.
Finally awards came and I went in with higher expectations than usual. We proceeded to get the following: Excellents in General Effect, Music, and Auxiliary; Superiors in Marching and Maneuvering and Percussion; and a Distinguished Superior for Drum Major. We were the only band to receive a Distinguished Superior for DM. We won Best in Class Drum Major as well.
The moments I had been waiting for: best in class and grand champion awards. We were completely shocked when Umatilla received 3rd place. The smug grin on their drum major’s face that I had wanted to punch off since one year ago faded completely. When Eustis received 2nd place, I was completely shocked. By this time I was already faint from screaming for the percussion and drum major awards. I prepared myself and then completely gave myself in these moments: 1st in class, 2A. A 1A band even beat Umatilla for 1A & 2A grand champion.
Lecanto High School, Small Band (1A & 2A) grand champion.
I had to sit down within three seconds as I felt very, very faint.
The tears streaming down Alexis’ face. Alexis, Ryan, and Marlee pointing to us. The cheers and tears. The high fives, the congratulations, the pictures, the Kelly trophy.
Yesterday was a fairytale.
I do continue this isn’t the peak of the season. It surely should get even better.
Santa Fe: 13 days. FBA: 20 days. Last football game: 25 days. State: 34 days.