Not sure what Mr. Finkbeiner was grumpy about, but he does not look too happy.
All is well at band camp. The weather has been GREAT! Students are continually working hard at their show, and we think that you will be happy with the results. Today is another day of new drill, sectional time and full band in the evening. If you can make it out to watch, we start at 6:30. Kids love to have a crowd when they perform. Thank you to all the parents who are working hard to make the camp run smoothly. We have had no problems. Do not forget, all parents need to pick up their students at 1pm on Saturday.
Not sure what Mr. Finkbeiner was grumpy about, but he does not look too happy.
Day three of band camp is well on its way. At this time, students are in sectional rehearsal. Students are doing a great job keeping up with everything we are throwing at them. We have the first two piece on the field and we started learning #3 today.
Today is also known as "Star Spangled Banner" and "School Song Day". For those of you who have been around the band, you know what I am talking about. :)
We are very pleased with their progress and know that this will be a very successful year for them. Keep up the hard work Grand Blanc.
After a little setback with rain, we are now caught up. Rain moved in yesterday and just would not let us go to the field. Most of Monday was music rehearsal. Today we spent most the morning in visual rehearsal.
Things are going very well and the kids are doing great. Come watch us in the evenings from 6:30-9pm.
Yesterday in my mind's eye, I saw a group of kids. They were about 14 years old and it was the summer before their first year of high school. They were standing in a band room nervous and curious. They were waiting for something that they thought would give them an avenue to new friends and involvement in a school activity. They knew they would never make a sports team and they weren't cheerleader material. Some of them were overweight. Some of them struggled with popularity, because they were shy or different. They made good grades and many were considered geeks. Many of them were bullied in middle school. They stood in this band room as an incoming class of freshmen holding their flute and trumpet cases. Some of them were holding a flag pole for the first time in their entire lives wondering what this "thing" was and some for the first time were about to hit a drum with a pair of sticks. On this special day, their lives were about to change because on this day, they would start their very first marching band practice. On this day, they would start a journey that would lead them down a path where they would meet the people they would spend countless hours with, as well as share their laughter and their tears. On this day they would begin to live a life many can only dream of and this journey will be called...community
Community. It's the gift I wish I could give every child in the world. We are lacking it. We are a world of people fighting our personal apathy and turning a blind eye to a world that is bleeding. We are a world finding reasons to fight and reasons to turn away from our fellow man. Those kids who are starting their first day of practice are about to learn about how to save the world although they don't know it. They are about to learn about passion and learn about community. Marching band is going to give them all of this and it's going to change their lives forever.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I believe that pageantry can change the world. I'm an idealist. I always have been. I'm the person that everyone loves to hate because I really do want to do what the old Coke commercial says and teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. I believe in pageantry. I believe in what it teaches kids and the number of kids we can reach in any given school year is more than any other activity. In many schools, the band reaches more kids than all the other activities combined. More than anything though, I believe in the passion that is generated in a person as they go through the course of a season. The skills they learn are lifelong skills and the people they meet will stay with them forever.
Pageantry ignites a fire in a person. If only for a brief moment in time, it makes a child believe in themselves and the community that supports them. It's a microcosm of the perfect world. In a perfect world, in Shelba's perfect world, community takes precedence over the individual. In my community the adults look out for kids that aren't even their own. The kids have a safe place to "hang out" while getting an education and learning new life skills. The adults in this community are educated and with this education they pass their wisdom on to the youth they mentor. Youth are seen as a participant in this community and not a victim of it. The youth are given responsibilities and held to a standard of those responsibilities. They aren't abused and they aren't coddled. The effort of the individual is meant to support the larger group and not to support one's own ego or self congratulatory personality.
In the microcosm of pageantry, the adults and the youth are one. The failures, the negativity, and the egotistical actions of one has drastic impact on the whole. The counter to that is the successes, the positivity, and the charitable actions of one can change the whole for the good and forever. It's people discovering teamwork and hard work. It's children learning that giving up on the group is NOT AN OPTION.
In our community called pageantry, the kids are learning about responsibility. They are learning how to take care of others. They are planning and creating. Their imagination's are on fire! They are learning to win with grace and lose with a desire to keep pushing forward. Emotions are shared freely and hugs are given often. Adults admit that they have much to learn and the youth are there to teach them. Patience is practiced often and lessons are learned when that patience is given away without thought. In this community; parents, teachers, and children all play a role in the support of the bigger picture and respect for all is the cornerstone to success. In this world kids learn to take care of their environment and "leave things better than they found it." They learn to be punctual with a simple phrase, "Early is on time and on time is late." They will get fresh air and exercise. Someone will care if they go home at night and will work to make sure they keep up with their studies. This community is growing the children of tomorrow and everyone is playing a part.
Diversity is the driving force of this community. Everyone is accepted.
Gay? No problem.
Woman? Leaders rise from both sexes.
Black? Really? We don't see color.
Disabled? We'll find a place for you.
Don't speak english? Music and dance are the language we speak.
Deaf? Blind? Yep. Join us. You will teach us how to listen to music in new dimensions.
Young? This activity was made for you.
Old? We need your wisdom.
This is a world where acceptance is not just practiced, but expected.
This world of pageantry is the world John Lennon spoke about. It's about people living for the day and living life in peace. When these kids leave their pageantry experience they have learned so much more than music. They have learned what "community" should look like and act like. It is a group of people working toward one goal, struggling together day to day and not leaving anyone behind. To me, there is no question as to why so many of us have stuck around for so long. Many of us have stated that we would rather be on the field or in the gym isolated from the real world, because our world of pageantry is where our souls feel most at home. It's safe and it's the community that we long to see.
Kids all over the country will enter this world of pageantry for the first time in the next few weeks. The doors of life are about to open. Let's make sure to support them and teach them well. Let's reach out to our community and teach those who don't know what it is all about so they see more than just a halftime show. Let us seek to support the families who can't afford the opportunity to participate. Let's strive to educate. We can do more than win band contests. We can change the world.
As we start a new marching band season I encourage all of you reading this to give back to your community. Sponsor a kid. Pay their dues or a partial amount of their dues. Buy the local marching band a set of flags. Buy some drum sticks. Offer to pay for one sabre or the repair fees on one instrument. If nothing else, go to a show and cheer. Buy concessions. Support the kids and support their passion. A donation that is specific in nature lets the music program you are donating to know how important your gift is and allows the kids to see how your kind gift was used for them. Let's give back to them everything that was given to us and re-vision our community.
Posted by Shelba Waldron at Wednesday, May 15, 2013
This is a friendly reminder of activities for the remainder of the week!
Today... Thursday at 6 pm is the chaperone meeting in the auditorium at East campus. It's also the day for pictures. There will be a group shot taken and each band member will have the opportunity to have an individual picture taken as well. Please have your child to the school with enough time to put their uniform on and be out on the football field by 6! Also bring picture order forms and payment at this time!
Friday night is our annual tailgate party outside the band room! (In case of rain, we will be inside the front doors). Please bring chairs, a dish to pass and your place settings! The boosters will be grilling hotdogs for you!! After rehearsal we will load the semi for camp! Many hands make light work!! Also remember to bring any medication your child requires at camp. Thank you everyone for all your help! We look forward to seeing you tomorrow and Friday!!
Congratulations to SEVEN Grand Blanc Students (previous mistake from last post) who participated in DCI Open Class Finals.
Legends (8th, 85.70) was 5th in Brass, 6th in Visual Proficiency and 7th in Music Effect, Music Analysis and Percussion. Color Guard took 8th and Visual Effect and Visual Analysis finished 9th. Legends finished behind 7th Regiment by less than a point and just ahead of Raiders (9th, 84.95).
Pictured from left to right ... Devin Johnson, Robert Sparks, Jessica McCallum, Courtney Misener, Michael Hamilton and Jacob Rechsteiner. Not in this picture, Katy Howie.
Drum Corps International’s World Championships week got underway, Monday, Aug. 5, as 14 Open Class corps came together at Ames Field in Michigan City, Ind. for the first of two days of competition.
Legends’ (8th, 84.10) production “Ichabod” tells the classic story of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” complete with a crowd-pleasing finish depicting the headless horseman’s murder of Ichabod on a bridge set on the 50-yard line.According to Legends front ensemble member Nicole Atkinson, “We did everything we needed to do and put on a great show today. We’ll think of tomorrow as just another run-through, because every time we perform, it’s a chance to win over the crowd.”
I hope you are all doing well, and I hope you are excited for Pre-Camp! This is a busy week for everyone while we do our final preparations for band camp. This email is meant as a reminder to you for everything happening this coming week.
Uniform fitting, shoe and glove sizing schedule:
Monday - 4:00 to 5:30 Students whose last names begin with A-L.
Tuesday - 4:00 to 5:30 Students whose last names begin with M-Z.
If you are unable to attend your assigned day, please attend the other date.
*Shoes will be ordered on Wednesday August 8th. We will have shoes available to try on during uniform fitting.*
Winds & Guard: 6:00-9:00pm
Percussion: 3:00-5:00pm, 6:00-9:00pm
Throughout the week we will spend time reviewing material (music and marching) that we covered at spring rehearsals and summer sectionals, but a majority of the time will be spent learning new material. Not only do we plan to ensemble the opener (winds & percussion) we also plan to learn a few sets of drill as well! Please plan to be on time everyday and prepared to work. Any absence must be pre-approved by Mr. Hutchison or Mr. Finkbeiner. From this point on, all marching band rehearsals are MANDATORY and part of your marching band GRADE.
You should bring the following EVERYDAY:
Thank you to everyone who helped with the GBHS Instrumental Music Can and Bottle Drive. We do not know yet how much we made, but with all the help and activity throughout the day, we are sure we did very well. THANK YOU!