Monday, November 2, 2009

It was so worth the soggy hot dogs...

This Halloween I played the part of the proud band parent. (Although I did wear a halo, it wasn't that much different from everyday life since I'm always a complete angel. Right S?)

On Saturday the teen's marching band competed in their first USSBA State Championships and...

WON!


The teen is on the end in the red uniform.


Our show this year is called "Phobias". At first I wasn't in love with it, and it's still my least favorite of all four seasons the teen has done marching band. (The first year we did Disney's "Fantasia"; second year was Frank Sinatra; last year's show was the music of Blood, Sweat & Tears.)

But it's grown on me. This little snippet of their opening is one of my favorite parts. (The sound isn't the best so turn up the volume to get the full effect.)

video

This year we have props that are a huge pain in the ass, but pretty cool looking on the field.



This one is my fav. That's claustrophobia if you were wondering.

For those who may not know what a "band competition" is basically several bands perform their show and they are judged on several different criteria. Typical categories include music, marching, percussion, drum major, general effect, and color guard. Those scores are then combined to determine overall place.

Saturday we took 1st in every category except percussion.

Who's your daddy?!

18 comments:

Kat said...

Congrats to the teen...that is great! I can't imagine having the coordination to march and play at the same time :-). Actually I can't imagine having the coordination to do either. Alone.

Candice said...

Congrats to the teen!

shortmama said...

Awesome! Congrats!

Jen said...

that is awesome!

Lauren said...

Yay! That's great! Congrats!

I actually really liked the into. Wish I could see the whole thing!

Alicia said...

awesome!! and i love that intro! creepy!!! congrats to the teen.... so exciting!!!

Shannon said...

Congrats!

Ah, brings back memories of my high school days...

The only show theme I can remember from my marching band days was the one from my sophomore year. It was Robin Hood... and at the end, there was this HUGE flag that had a shield on it that was flown over the whole band, from back of the field to the front.

Mary said...

Pretty cool!

Stopping by from SITS roll call.

S3XinthePantry said...

Hey they look & sound great!

Congrats

(found you from SITS!)

Christina said...

Congrats to the teen! That intro is pretty cool.

Tammy Howard said...

Nice! Congrats!

blueviolet said...

That was awesome and coming from a former band mom, I know how wonderful those state championships are!!! I SO miss those days!

CaraBee said...

I'm with Kat. I can barely walk most days. Can't imagine trying to do it with an instrument, while worrying about all the other people walking around, too. So, great big YAY for the teen!

Too Many Hats said...

That is awesome! First time at that competition and got 1st place - way to go band teen!

Lula! said...

Woooooooooo! Congrats to y'all!

Our marching band was in some competition on Saturday...wonder if it was the same? All I know is some of the band teens told me there was a school from SC there that had almost 300 marchers. WOW!

Jody said...

You know the whole soggy hotdog thing made my mouth curl up and nose quiver. BLICK

The Royal Family said...

congrats! Thats awesome!

Veronica said...

That is amazing! Congrats!

I love watching marching bands. My brother played trombone and we used to go to the football games just to watch him play. I always hung out with the band when I was in high school, though I didn't play an instrument.