Always love an adventure!
FYI If you never use public transportation, plan a trip, and do it. Ideally, involve a train, light rail or otherwise. In that regard, the various Metro light rail lines cover huge amounts of distance, in very short time, for minimal cost. Your only real expense is a little planning time and a willingness to do some walking.
Saw a parent today I’ve not seen in well over a year. She was working the tournament today as a volunteer. Her son was in the battery 2016. We talked briefly, she was very busy. Lovely, lovely woman. Miss her consistent communications. She is a great reminder of what youth activities are all about.
Giving students great opportunities to learn, grow, achieve and providing parents good consistent communications.
Also met two 2017 vets tonight. Andy and Carlos. Andy’s dad was the contact that worked with Mrs Baba in getting the booth at today’s event. Both students seemed like great kids. Carlos and Trevor shared a few laughs 😀
Los Angeles Valley College was today’s recruitment opportunity. A somewhat different crowd than the prior 4 events. For those counting at home, Impulse has five more opportunities to do some recruitment in 2017 for the 2018 season:
Tuesday, November 7 West Covina HS (Thank you, Mrs Hetrick ❤)
Saturday, November 11 Savanna HS, at La Palma Stadium
Saturday November 18 Colony HS
LAUSD Championships (tentative)
December 29, 30 Rose Parade Band Spectacular (Thank you, Mrs Baba ❤)
In the morning, Mr Mac Tavish and I spent a few minutes planning who and where to send out 100 postcards announcing Impulse’s Open House. 100 turned into 238. I like how he rolls 😂 He also suggested we follow up with another round of postcards for auditions. Depending on various factors, with varying degrees of importance, this could become an on going campaign. Much more to discuss on this topic.
One of the great things about doing the recruitment booths is getting to spend time with Mrs and Mr Baba. During each time we spend together, they each will share a new perspective on their love for Impulse, or new story about the joys and challenges of parenthood, or give me something for me to think about regarding myself; what I say, what I do, how I say what I say, or.how I do what I do.
Martha suggested to me that I should start writing stuff down.
Specifically, a personal timeline regarding Impulse.
That is something I can start with Aaron, and he and I can present that to instructional staff for more discussion. We are still on track to get music submitted for copyright approval by early December, but lots more to schedule. Horn Line number cut off, or if we even want a cut off date, and if not what plan is in place for the alternative. Same for guard. Both critical to drill writing goals. Other show production goals, show instruction goals. Etc.
Had a long end of the recruitment chat with Trevor, 4 year vet during probably Impulse’s roughest stretch in our history; the roughest in many ways. He said something I’m going to think about a lot, and I believe he has said it before, that he and I are a lot alike. I think he even used stronger terms like, we’re the same kind of people.
I think people will agree and disagree with his statement. My opinion? I hope he’s right, and that others agree ☺
Matt Fawcette was at the show also, visited several times, and sat for a spell. He’s another vet (2010-2015), coming in, coming back to help. He suggested, and I followed through, with contacting another former vet/staff member.
She lives out of the area now. She returned my text right away and we exchanged several more. She’s going to make it down to the meeting November 19th. Not sure where we go from there, but there will be plenty for her and I to talk about.
Good, great actually, phone chat with Jen tonight. We talked show music ideas, in general, and timelines. I will be updating all design team by Thursday. I need to get more discussion with Aaron on more ideas with our staff communication formats, in general, and design team communication formats, and the ways we are moving forward with this process. As a group, we are definitely moving up on our learning curve.
Phone chat with Marti. She’s got a new uniform prototype she wants me to see. Plan is to meet with her and view the prototype on Monday.
Honestly, I still feel behind. To do list: Vet meeting agenda, equipment truck inventory, contact Burroughs high school director, other on campus recruitment this Wednesday, recruitment video progress, equipment needs for open house, alumni meeting agenda, director’s report to board, website, calendar, staff meeting agenda…
and, probably not remembering like six more things 😢
But…I’ll figure it out 😂