Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Traveling (Pep) Band

I'd heard of a "Rambling Man", but I seem to have a traveling band. Pep Band that is!

We spent January on the bus hitting up a couple larger venue basketball games. I've never known a school to have a traveling pep band, but it was a lot of fun.

We played at Bradley University for a women's game when the BU Pep Band was still on break. The best part of that was getting to spend some time talking to Dr. Vroman. He was the All-State conductor when I was in the band in 2002. I have so much respect for him so it was nice to get to meet him as a colleague. Not and equal, but a director all the same. He said some good things about the band and is hoping some of them will come to his honor band later in the year.

The next weekend we jumped on the bus to play for the HOIC Championship night. Our band was selected by the area AD's and Principals to play the big show. Here are pictures from that...

Claire and Kory Get serious! The whole band up and ready to play.

We had a great time and even got to feel a little bit special. We had priority loading right at the front of Wesleyan's Sports Complex. However, a van blocked is in so I went to ask the driver to move which he did. I got back on the bus and told the kids that I said, "Sorry sir, you're going to have to move because the greatest band in the conference needs to get out of here after that gym shaking performance." The response from the band was incredible! It's great to see those kids all hyped up!

We are hoping to make the state games next year. It's a good venue for a smaller band and they seem very proud when kids from our basketball teams come back from away games and tell them how great our band sounds.

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