Sunday, September 20, 2009

Cloudy With a Chance of Marching Band

Panic.

I ironed from 10pm to 1130pm, all those darn white blouse. Oh let's do talk--white blouses.

Disaster!

Not the ironing, that was smooth and crisp. The blouses on the other hand; when I got to the competition warm-up area and saw the girls I freaked--skin, where skin should not be visible. And lots of it, every time they lifted the arms. Like duck tape safety pins are also color guard's best friend. So we moms pinned the tails of the shirts to the waist of suit pants. Then as they did the little dance in the third song (which for now is the end of the show) I saw skin. Safety pin failure. Not good! When the rain came and shoved us into the back end of the band trucks for dry cover--we talked new layer (and I learned my new cellulure device cause two point five hours is a long time in the back of a band truck). We have to have body suits. Just when I think I can stop being hassled and taxed by color guard performance uniforms, wham!, I am thrown back in the search again.

Rain.

I mentioned rain and I tell you a lot of it. Never ending rain. Enough to post pone prelims and cancel finals. We took second, tied first in drum line and the guard got third (one point away from second). We are happy. BTW all this info was relayed via a text message since we high tailed it out of there before awards. God only knew how long that rain was going to last. It may still be raining in Farmington for all I know. In my seven year history as a band mom this is the first rain out of a competition. Bummer.

Let's back peddle for a minute. I stopped to get M and the neighbor friend a Starbucks coffee since being at band for competition on Saturday by 7am is jolting to the system--caffeine infusion required. Only to back out of a nearly empty parking lot for my car to meet another. Crunch goes the little blue Toyota. Has NOT been my week! Just another to add to my list of I wish it wasn't so's. So, from now on girls it is Folgers and flavored creamer from the frig.

Now I will treat you to a band performance since I forgot my camera. Be kind to us. The show is still evolving. This week we add the fourth piece, the clock flags and the clock tarp to the field. Lindbergh's field show is never the same show twice.

7 comments:

thehappyhunt said...

thanks for posting the video...very cool stuff! I'm gonna try to make it to the Homecoming game and see them perform!

Lin said...

Ooooh, that's a good show! I loved the colorguard--the clock hands in particular. Very cool! Sorry about the rain--bummer. Congrats on the awards!! Second, wowee!!

Oh, we were born ready too. :)

JODI said...

Lisa- You better make it, it's Homecoming. The parade is going to be in the dark, steps off at 715pm...what is Helms thinking??? If you come to the parade bring a flash light LOL

Lin- Thanks! There was some phasing in there but this week hopefully the first time nerves are eased. The instrumental parents have been so good to the guard this year making props. For so long the guard was the step child to the band. They must have heard my moan last year. Next competition is a road trip to Tulsa in two weeks.

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