Workshop number two was yesterday. I showed up early and do what I do, lining the field – threw down gaks – painted some sets. I was going to put the horn line back on the circles like workshop #1, but changed my mind and put them on the sets that I had designed for the battery, and put battery on the circles. It turned out a lot better. I liked watching the battery move in the curvilinear and liked watching the horns do mini-drill. The field I painted was WAY better too than workshop #1! 😀 The last workshop, I eye- balled the lines. I forgot my string and stick. My pace size was consistent, though, and I could see with accurate measurement I was only off 6 inches after a hundred and 60 feet from front sideline to back sideline. But like I tell the kids, you get better because that’s how you get stuff done 😀
This ensemble has a long way to go, but I like where we are starting. We are back at Huntington Marina HS. I think we’ll get more local kids this year; although a surprising number are coming from one school at the end of the 57 on the 210 end, and I met a few already that are coming from the desert. Beno magic is still working for us out there. I am noticing too lots of smart kids, their general awareness is slightly higher at this point this year than in years past. I like smart kids 😀 I like smart people 😀 All sections will be larger this year than last year and there is an even distribution of smartness, although I am anticipating the battery to be ahead of the horns the first few months. I will address that issue with the horn line during auditions.
I talked with battery about it already. It’s because of WGI. The battery kids get that much more rehearsal time, reps, performances. They are a more experienced group of kids because they get to drum in front of people more than the horns get to play and move in front of people.
I wasn’t happy with the vizh block during the time I was running it because I always expect them to do exactly as I ask and nothing less. Afterwards I realized every rep was better, every comment I made they responded positively. It got better, they got better. In the end that is all I expect. I have not detailed a lot of anything yet. I want them to move and see how quickly they figure things out. Speaking of, I noticed more kids looked more comfortable yesterday than workshop #1. That is a good sign for us and them 😀
Moms showed up at lunchtime and brought meatball sandwiches, chips, juices, and cupcakes and cookies! 😀 Love the moms! I forgot they had said that I last time we were together. I was sitting in my car eating the fruit cup that I had brought when one of the dads came over and asked if I was going to get a sandwich. I told him I wasn’t planning on it, leave them for the kids. I was informed that one was waiting for me.
As I am making my way over, two of the best parents are manning the food table; awesome dad1 is packing meatballs in a roll on a plate and hands it to me. Awesome mom1 is stuffing goodness into the sandwich and rookie mom hands me a juice and chips 😀 It’s like being 12 years old all over again with these people sometimes 😀 I declined the cookies and cupcakes. I man has to know his limitations!
All the sectionals looked and sounded good. I rotated every few minutes from section to sections, talking with some of the instructors not instructing and observing with them our performance and the kids’ performance. A few rookies were already looking outstanding. We will have strong leadeship from some of our rookies this like we did last year. The staff were all excited during their sectionals. I am excited. We have a lot of work to do, but we also have a lot to look forward too! All the kids seemed excited at the end of the day.
A was a little disappointed that some people that expressed an interest were not here today. I said something bad, in a joking manner, about them. I will clarify those remarks next time I see them. They laughed when I said it, so they knew I was joking, I want to make sure they understand the motivation for some of my humor. It’s all good.
Now that we are getting to the nitty gritty with who is going to be in the battery, I am excited that I get to know my brass people better during auditions. Like I said before, not a lot of detailing early since a large chuck of the kids coming out for the battery are going to disappear during auditions. I did talk to one snare hopeful that quickly added he plays mellophone also 😀 Cool, he drank the Impulse Kool-Aid. Oh yeah. I don’t know if they understand that expression either. I do use it from time to time.
I was noticing earlier when I spoke with and watched our color guard lady that she seemed more girly than I remember the last time I saw her. When I had the chance at the end of the day, I made that comment to her and asked what she has been doing different to change her appearance. She told she had lost 15 lbs! I was like, oh damn! I told her she went up a few notches on the “hawt” meter. She blushed and said that remark made her day 😀
Oh yeah, so the kids are hyping on the sexy beast remark I made last time, and I am going to use it every time, because I honestly mean it. I want the word on the street that Impulse is a maker of sexy beasts!