Monday, September 29, 2014

September 29

What a great result from Saturday!  Our score of 80.8 was the highest we've scored at the Kenowa Hills competition, and the kids did a nice job.  HUGE congratulations to the color guard for winning the guard caption in Class AA.  That felt pretty good, and they have worked very hard to achieve that - an extra rehearsal night each week plus extra time in the summer as well.  The drumline also stepped up, narrowly missing victory; they were only .5 pts behind EK.  Nice job!!  We still have lots to clean up in the next eight days, but we are well on the way to a very successful performance at MSBOA next week.

I will try to keep this as brief as possible, since there will be plenty of stuff that is the same from the last couple weeks, so here goes:

TONIGHT:  Rehearsal at the stadium, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.  There should be nothing keeping us from starting and ending on time tonight!

Tuesday:  Color guard 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Friday: No pep assembly!!  Game report time 5:45 (a bit later than the last couple weeks - we have had ample time to rehearse).

Saturday:  Pumpkin Fest parade.  The parade begins at 3 p.m.  The original calendar has a report time of 1:30, which assumed a 2 p.m. step-off.  We will report to Cityside at 2:30 p.m.  The equipment trailer will be in the back parking lot.  The parade will take about a half hour.  Students will be dismissed from Cityside after we are done.  There will NOT be school transportation from the HS to Cityside; students must meet us there.

NEXT WEEK!!!  We are wrapping up the "regular" season next week with our biggest adjudicated performance.  MSBOA District Festival is TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7.  Once again ZHS is hosting this event.  We perform at 8:30 p.m.  Following that evening, Friday, October 10 is the last regular-season home game in which the entire band will perform.  The last couple will be Track Band only.  That means that October 10 is "Senior Night," where we will recognize seniors and their accomplishments.  Following that, things will calm down considerably (whew!!), and we will begin the transition into "sit down band."  More details to follow!

That is all for now, BUT:  look for another email from me asking for volunteers for MSBOA Festival.  We need about 30-40 people to make the event a success, from band guides to folks providing some meals to parking lot attendants, etc.  Please help us put on another successful event by signing up!  We are usually able to work it out so that all parents are able to see ZHS perform, so no worries about that one.  A sign-up form will follow in an email from me momentarily.

Thanks so much for your support so far.  Here is what I told the kids on Saturday; I thought I would share it with you - as we were entering the stadium for our performance there was a break on the field between Class A and AA.  A couple of bands were using this time to go back to their buses to load equipment, etc. before the awards presentation.  I heard students from BOTH of those bands saying, as we came in, "wait, we can't leave now.  We want to see Zeeland."  Scores don't matter when you hear that from another group of kids!!

Questions?  let me know - kwalker@zps.org