Monday, October 3, 2016

Week of October 3

I am not a superstitious person.  Seriously.  Not at all.  I promise.  But I AM beginning to wonder just a little...At least Friday night's rain was gentle and not a soaking deluge like Sept. 23.  And Saturday's rehearsal (in which we accomplished a lot of really good things) was just fine.  When the band left Zeeland for Hastings Saturday afternoon I even thought maybe we'd beaten the whole weather system, since it was raining behind us, and Hastings looked clear.  Until we arrived.  Of the 24 or so bands that performed on Saturday, only the last six were rained out.  The stadium was evacuated due to lightning and the crowd and the competition were moved inside.  It's almost like the storm found us and was angry that we tried to get away...

Due to the competition being inside, all of the judges scored the bands for music only; we ended up with a 77.7, which is right about where I figured we would be.  I really wanted some marching scores, but more importantly a video of the performance so kids can see where things are going wrong and can be fixed.  We desperately need to perform in front of a dry, quiet audience at some point, but alas, that may be next Tuesday at festival!

Anyway, this week we are putting the final touches on the show for next Tuesday, which is MSBOA Festival already, and we have plenty of things to do in order to make that a successful night.

TONIGHT: Monday, October 3 - Rehearsal at the stadium 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 4 - Color Guard practice 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 6 - West Homecoming pep assembly (daytime)

Friday, October 7 - West Homecoming Football - FULL BAND required performance

Saturday, October 8 - POSSIBLE rehearsal 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. at the practice field.  This may or may not happen - we definitely need the work, but there are many athletic events, etc.  I will make a concrete and final decision after tonight's rehearsal and let folks know.  (Please do not reply regarding schedules yet; I know there will be conflicts.)  If we do have a rehearsal, I will schedule a bus or two to take us to the parade route after we are done.

Saturday, October 8 - Pumpkin Fest Parade - 3:00 p.m. - FULL BAND required performance

FUTURE:

Monday, October 10 - FINAL Monday rehearsal of the season

Tuesday, October 11 - MSBOA District 10 Marching Band Festival at Zeeland Stadium
 - There will be plenty of opportunity for you to volunteer for this event.  Look for a SignUp Genius email in the next day or so.

REMINDER...  The East/West football game on Friday, October 21 was originally INCORRECTLY scheduled as a track band night.  Several weeks ago I sent a calendar correction - that night will be FULL BAND - REQUIRED.