Monday, October 27, 2008

UIL Area B Champions - STATE BOUND!

This past weekend was probably one of the hardest yet. We had a football game Friday night against Keller and won! Then after getting to bed about one a.m., we were up again about 6:30 because the kids had to be at the band hall at 7:15 for warm up and off to the UIL Area B Prelims. The weather was perfect performing weather. It was sunny and cool and the band did very well for the time that they had to work with. Out of 23 bands, 10 were chosen to go on to the Finals. We came in first, beating the second place team by 4 points, which in marching competitions is huge! Five of the ten finalists will go on to State in San Antonio next Tuesday. They are Hebron, Haltom, Richland, Marcus and LD Bell.

Friday night we will have another football game, get the kids out after half time, take them home to sleep (hopefully) and get ready and back to the school by 3:30 a.m. to head to San Antonio for Bands of America competition. We will come back on Sunday, leave again Monday night for San Antonio, UIL State Competition, back on Wednesday and collapse.

The color guard has their final costumes for competition. We are still working on the flags but they should be ready by Saturday. The show is amazing and gives me chills every time I see it!

Now, I am not really supposed to say anything negative about other bands and their parents, but I promise not to name names, but I do need to vent and this is my blog - so I will. There are several bands in the area that seem to have a sore spot on their hinde side because Bell continually wins competitions. If you don't like it, you need to understand - it's not about you. You know the saying "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all"? Well, this would be a good time to remember that. Honestly, I do not understand why people can't just say, nice job or good luck or something other than the negative things I hear about our shows. The LD Bell Band doesn't do froo froo shows. We don't play show tunes or use large props shaped like inanimate objects. We play "grown-up" music that is very dramatic and heart stopping, the kind that will give you goose-bumps when you hear it. If you don't do that, sorry for ya. But please don't cut down what we do. All the kids - ALL BAND KIDS - work very hard to do what they do. Mine, yours, theirs, every kid on the field works very hard. I understand that you can talk about us behind our back, but it shows a lot of nerve when you say it to a parent after their child just did an amazing job on the field. I am afraid that I may not be able to hold it in anymore if someone says our shows are "dark and depressing". They are dramatic and emotional and are much harder than most high school bands and if that makes it bad in your eyes, sorry for ya.

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1 comment:

Andy Baker said...

Good job - on the post. I can't stand those sour grapes. Wish I could be there to see it. Maybe next year.