Sunday, September 19, 2010

Coming Full Circle

There is a good chance that Farmington, Missouri is really where the equator line sits on the globe...that was one H-O-T Saturday! I have sat a many Saturday's in September on the metal bleachers of Farmington High School, never have I sweated like I sweat yesterday.  When I stood it looked like I had a bladder control problem.  Actually all us moms looked like we needed to invest in a package of Depends.  My hands were sweating and feeling like I dipped them in a pond.  Who's hands sweat?  I guess mine do.  Kids from other bands were passing out.  Even a drum major from one of the schools passed out during awards.  Crazy- humid-sun-beating-down-hot!  Kinda sad though...that was my last first competition of the season.  I've run out of marching band kids.

Guess who was really "hot" on Saturday?

Lindbergh High School's Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band was hot!

Oh ya, they were on fire.  Fired up on the competition field for the Class 6 bands.  For M it was coming full circle.  The first competition of her freshman year color guard won the caption award for best auxillary.  Saturday was the first competition of her senior year and the guard won the caption award for best auxillary.  I must admit I had a lump in my throat as the band performed their show.  Is it because it was hitting me that it was the last time I would be having my own first competition of the season moment?  Maybe.  I had that same lump when they announced the kids won captions for both percussion and guard.  Two sections that have struggled to capture for the last two years.  And dam that lump it was back when I called King Ralph, who is out of town at Bikefest, to tell him the great news.  I know if you would have lifted my sunglasses I looked like Renee Zellweger's character in Jerry McGuire when Tom Cruise's character proposed and he lifted her glasses to expose her eyes.  Yep my eyes were moist under the sunglasses.  Nothing like a marching band to brew emotion.  The band placed second in their class... that's okay, because we know in our hearts they are all first place kids .  Better was when the scores came out it showed our color guard scored the highest of all the guards in all the classes.  They blew'em  away.  So I guess all that hairspray and potential wardrobe malfunction from one shouldered performance uniforms on girls with well endowed chests;  avoided with the use of yards and yards of body tape and safety pins paid off.  And paid off well.  We got the trophy to prove it!   


Even after a much needed shower to wash off the gallons of sweat the feeling of pride for a show well performed...well that feeling can't wash off, it's sticking.

8 comments:

Lin said...

Ah! Congratulations!! Sounds like a great start to the season!!

We started too on Saturday, but we looked a little rough around the edges--well, the middle too. We need to work on our show...still. We placed 1st in our category, took home Best Percussion and Overall Effect. Our drum majors took 1st overall--beating 23 other major bands. That was pretty cool.

Speaking of cool--we froze our hinies off here! And then it rained to make us just a little more miserable. Ugh.

Do you do BOA? We don't--we are too small, but I wondered if you did.

JODI said...

Lin- Congrats to the Marching Astros! Everyone is rough in spots the first time out in public. We still have the fourth movement to get on the field.

I almost think I would have froze some than sweated like I did. Then again we all tend to complain either way the weather goes.

Yes we do do BOA. The last two years we have made it to finals. But when Broken Arrows is there you know you are just a side kick for there big win--again. You aren't to small for BOA there are lots of small bands there. I fierciest competition is a band next door of only 88 kids. They always place in BOA finals.

Lin said...

I think we are small in the financial sense as well. I can't imagine selling one more butterbraid, which is akin to your bandwiches. ;)

JODI said...

Oh good gosh Lin don't tell me you are selling butterbraids 7-8 months out of the year? I am proud to say I have finished bandwich sales FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE! Month after month of 430am wake-up calls stink. That may be my greatest joy of Madison's senior year!!!!!

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