2014 Impulse Auditions #1

Welcome to a new season πŸ˜€

Glad to see a lot of Glendora kids at auditions #1, all of them battery except Daniella. Only saw Devon at auditions #2? Hope they try for AUX or maybe want to learn to play brass (we can teach anyone that wants to learn) Only 2 from Monrovia, Isaac is back and Josh looks like he is going to give it a shot this season πŸ˜€

Would like more students to come out from both schools, but I don’t really push it. I figure they either want to do it or not πŸ˜€

Well so far the attendance has been modest, but I am highly encourage by who has been coming! We’ve had double digits for guard turnout at each event so far this season!!!! The kids seem like another good group and we have three solid vets returning!!! Peyton didn’t come back but two of her friends from South (so far) are joining this year. So glad for that πŸ˜€ Thanks to a great 2013 summer learning with us, I think is what helped at least 3 other girls make world corps this year πŸ˜€

Pit gig looks like it is going to be off the hook again. Jaymi is actually going to have to CUT 4?! We only have 10 keyboards, that’s all we can really fit on the sideline, along with two synths and two AUX racks. All of the pit kids that probably won’t make keyboards said they will switch to another instrument! πŸ˜€

Speaking of… πŸ˜€

Battery gig is the best ever in all the time I have been here. Again, like last year, it’s not the talent level, although that is good too, it’s the eveness in personality type. You can feel a cool vibe among the auditioners already. At one point during a break, all the percussion instructors agreed they could make a solid battery out of any of the kids trying out. I was asking an alumni who has been helping out this year if it was just me. No, he said. Something special is already happening πŸ˜€ Several of those that werent going to make the cut have already switched to brass and I expect to get a couple more this coming weekend

I know a lot of the new kids are still figuring stuff out, but they know, inherently, that something very unique and cool is going on here (me! hahahahaha) πŸ˜€

Same with the visual gig πŸ˜€ I have had Charlie Groh coming out and working the first hour every block. The guy is a first ballot DCI Hall of Famer (if someone could get their act together and get him on the ballot) Phenomenal instructor. I take notes every time I watch him teach πŸ˜€ Hopefully I am doing some good role modeling also

We have really good instructors. I know I am biased, but anyone could see, every time we run something, give some feedback, run it again, it is always significantly better. Credit smart kids too! πŸ˜€

Horn kids this season look and sound sharper then ever. Huge vet turn over this year, after having the brass line about half vets the last couple of years. Lots of strong rookies both in the smarts and in knowing their horn. I am going to spend a lot of time addressing mental discipline; the physical part is an automatic part of their training. Again. Our good training hurts us when we lose another handful of kids to world corps. It’s all good. Kids have to make choices that are best for themselves.

All who leave us, regardless of caption, I wish well. I love that every one that does leaves with fond memories as they always come back, visit, and say so! πŸ˜€

And no other Drum Corps has me!!! Heeheeheeheehee πŸ˜€

Also, although every organization similar to ours has its group of volunteer parents, I think ours are the best. They provided drinks and treats at open house, drinks and PB&J at workshop#1, and a taco lunch (2beef tacos, beans, rice, salsa, a treat, and a drink – $5) for auditons #1 and are making bacon wrapped hot dogs for auditions#2!!! I think they way they work together and communicate with each other really gives Impulse a family feel that makes kids feel comfortable. As much as I love all the people on the instructional staff, I love these people even more πŸ˜€ And they are lot of fun to do fundraisers with too!!! πŸ˜€

It is going to be a great season. Looking forward to helping create a unique, experience of a life time for many young people. They have no idea, but this summer is going to change their life in so many ways and will be something they will remember forever, with friendships that will last a lifetime

Amen

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