Dear band family-
It’s hard to express everything I’m feeling. Last Saturday was definitely one for the books…in so many ways! It was amazing and satisfying to see the kids’ work and efforts over the last three months be rewarded at that level. What an amazing accomplishment.  To my knowledge, that’s the best ranking SM North has had in the 43-year history of the UCM marching festival!
I was so excited to be in the top five for prelims, but then to get second place in finals was beyond anything I could have imagined. It was not only the perseverance, grit and determination the kids demonstrated in rain and 30° weather, it was the grit and determination over three months.  Parents, I’m so proud of your kids, it’s humbling to work with these wonderful young men and women.
I’m also incredibly thankful for all of the parents that helped on Saturday.  At times, the only thing that kept me warm were the positive vibes and energy that the parents brought throughout the day. It was cold and raining on you too, but the kids couldn’t have done it without you.  There are too many parents to thank, but a huge shout out to Michele Keller for organizing everything.  A special shoutout to Corey and Jennifer Goering, for making the beautiful masterpiece, that beautiful rosebush…Thank you so much for the countless hours of making a bold idea into a beautiful, amazing reality.
Long story short, it was an intense marching season that ended perfectly… Thank you everyone, from the bottom of my heart.
Band announcements:
We’re kicking off our yearly fundraiser, those materials are being handed out tomorrow and Wednesday during class.  Parents, please look for these materials this week.
We are taking the varsity marching band yearbook photo this Friday, Nov. 3rd before school. The band room will be open at 6:45 AM, everyone should be in full uniform with instruments in the field house no later than 7:10 AM.  We need to take the picture before school so we can have winds/percussion/dance team together.
Saturday, Nov. 4th– District honor band auditions.  Students who are auditioning for the district band should be at Gardner Edgerton high school by 7:30am. See Mr. Reed with any other questions.
Next Monday, November 6th-
We’re going to have a band movie night! Beginning at 7:00PM, we will watch a movie either in the band room or little theater. Bring popcorn or candy, whatever you would normally have at the movies, and we can all enjoy each other for a couple of hours without any work attached!  Of course, this is 100% optional, just for fun.
Nov. 7th– Jazz band concert at 7PM in the auditorium.  Both North jazz bands will perform.  Everyone is invited to attend, and it will last around 45 minutes.  Jazz students should arrive no later than 6:40PM with jazz shirt and ready to warm up.
And off we go towards new adventures!  🙂
Mr. Reed