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Congrats Moore Band! Here's the prize winning show! )

I am so proud of Piper and the rest of the band. They placed 9th out of 64 bands here. What an amazing season! It's such an honor to have been able to help lay the foundation for such a respected and successful program, made even more special by the fact that my daughter is now a part of that same wonderful program.
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Semis or not, the kids worked their butts off and they should be so very proud of what they've accomplished this season. As long as they marched the very best they could at that moment and left the field with no regrets, then not making semis shouldn't matter.

Piper, I'm so proud of you.
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They've just finished marching and are headed back to their hotel for much pizza and gossiping and telling of lies and horror stories. They were amazing!

I just found out Piper officially has her first boyfriend. He asked her earlier today.

God, I feel so old now.

Band stuff

Nov. 11th, 2010 08:02 am
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Band itinerary/day 2 )

Send good thoughts today, my loves. Piper and the Moore High Band take the field for competition around 6:15 CST this evening. They're going against 90 of the best bands in the country and have worked so hard for this day!
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Itinerary for Day 1 )

They've arrived and are very tired after a 12 hour straight drive. My house is very quiet and I'm already missing her.
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Today's the start of Piper's Grand Nationals trip! Everyone, give some positive thoughts to Miss Piper as she and the rest of the amazing Moore High Band takes Indy by storm! If they march like they did last night, semis are in the bag!
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Today is Piper's first big band competition. She's nervous, there's no doubt, but there's also no doubt of just how much she's changed since she started with the band. I still see glimpses of the lack of self-confidence and timidity, but now, those are rare. Now, she stands up for what's right. Her eyes are always lifted to the crowd when she's marching now, the confidence shining.

I'm so very proud of all of the kids. They're all amazing. They'll show Indy just what the Moore Band is capable of.

Be Beast, ladies and gentlemen.


Oct. 4th, 2010 08:07 am
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I'm still tired from this weekend.

The band did great after a VERY rough start. They were supposed to pull out on charter buses @ 10 AM on Saturday, but when I arrived to meet up with the carpool caravan to Tulsa, they were all still there and looking veeeery pissed. Come to find out, the charter company had taken down the wrong date and had no buses available for the day. Needless to say, we were all starting to stress, but after an hour or calling around for possible bus ideas, drivers and up to the contest to let them know what was going on.... we ended up sending the kids on a two plus hour drive on Yellow school buses. It was a veeery long trip. Once they got there, they had just enoguh time to get into their uniforms before they had to go to their assigned practice field and start working. Most of the kids hadn't been able to grab a bite since before they got to the band room earlier in the morning, so they were all starved once they'd finished prelims. Eating before 8am and then not until close to 5:30 does NOT make for happy teenagers.

That said, while the prelim show was a little shaky (due in no small part to rushing and stress) they earned a spot in finals. The finals show...

It was amazing. They played with passion and heart and really hit each and every set they were marching. The judges complimented them on how one of the smaller high level bands in the state was playing enough to make them seem like they were at least twice their size.

The evening (while freezing) was topped off with a top ten finish (YAY!) and high Marching and Maneuvering scores (we were third for those scores). We didn't end up walking into the apartment until after 2am Sunday morning, but it was so worth the tired dragging butt feeling the next day!

For all their bitching and moaning, the kids did a great job trying to keep themselves up and going even in the face of possibly not even getting to go. I think it was a good lesson for them to learn, especially the freshmen. Things happen, and not always in the good way. Learning to be adaptable is so very important.
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Well, it's officially the busy season for marching bands around here. Football game tomorrow night, followed by a major contest (Renegade Review) on Saturday two hours away from here. The ninth is a free weekend, but after that, it's either a contest WE host here (the Saturday after the 9th Oh God why is my brain not working ;_;) or the big statewide contest for bands in MHS' division (6A) which is in Tulsa again (OBA on Oct. 30th). After all that, they leave for Grand nationals on November 10th and won't be home until the 14th @ 1PM.

I always thought marching was hectic for the kids (I remember it all fondly) but it's a logistical nightmare for the boosters.

On a lighter note, I made the new icon all by myself with Gimp! Don't ask me how.. I just played with it... a LOT.

Also? Have some pictures of my girl marching!

Isn't she awesome? XD


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