Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Saturday 9/24/11

Our first contest is this weekend. Actually, it is two performances. The first will be the WTSBOA Marching Festival. This will not be a contest, but a ratings festival. This means we will not receive 1st, 2nd, etc. Instead we will receive a rating of I if we are superior, II if we are excellent, III if we are good, IV if we are poor. The second will be the Liberty Invitational. This will be a contest. There will be 6 bands in our class, and 4 in our division. A class is made up of bands close to the same size, and they usually give awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place band in a class. A division is made up of 2 or more classes. They usually give awards for 1st and 2nd place percussion, guard and field commander in division. Then they give an overall grand champion in a division. With 6 bands in our class and 10 in our division, we will have to perform at our best to receive a trophy.
1) Report time is 9:15 for guard 10:15 for band. We will depart SGCHS at 10:45. WTSBOA performance time is 12:45 pm. Performance time for Liberty Invitational is 6:25 pm. We will be arriving back to SGC around 10:30 pm.
2) I have a few parents signed up to chaperone and help with pit crew/props. It would be great to have 4 or 5 more. The people who travel with the band will get in for free. All others will have to pay the gate fee to get in and watch the events.
3) We will be cooking hot dogs after the first performance for the students to eat lunch. They will need to eat supper in the concessions area in the stadium. We will need a few things to go with this lunch, and I want the kids to help provide some of the food. I will need all woodwind instrument players to help bring hot dog buns and some fruit (bananas, apples) . All brass players are responsible for Chips and Little Debbie dessert cakes. Percussion need to bring some type of drinks (water, cokes, gatorades) Guard need to bring paper plates, napkins, and condiments.
4) Uniform reminders: No jewelry, no make-up, hair needs to be tucked into the hat. We will change out of our uniforms between performances, so they need to bring (or wear) a change of clothes to wear while watching other bands. They may need a jacket that evening.
5) The chaperones job during the competition is to keep an eye out and make sure that no student is behaving improperly, or walking around by themselves. They have been instructed not to travel anywhere alone.

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