|Posted on November 11, 2011 at 6:40 PM|
Wow it has been a long time since I updated my blog. I have been swamped. I guess that's a good thing, right??? I now have a few weeks to relax before indoor percussion design starts up. I'm really looking forward to working on a few new projects.
Anywho, I am considering myself extremely blessed. I have had the opportunity to work with a number of great programs over the years. 2011 was definitely the best season yet. The year started off early working with Music City Drum Corps and then went right into moving up to Concord to teach The Blue Devils. Wow that drum corps has come a long, LONG way. The corps grew a lot over the course of the summer. So proud of all of the members. Just today I was watching my 2007 Blue Devils behind the scenes dvd and I must say I'm in pure amazement at how far the Blue Devils have pushed the marching activity not only in show design but also in the level of excellence that members are now asked by their staff to achieve. The Blue Devils are definitely in a class all of their own in the marching world, hopefully my obvious bias doesn't way too much into my opinion of that :-p
The fall season was another great experience. I was able to work with 2 bands and bring them both to higher levels of excellence. One of them went from 14th in the state the year before I started teaching to .2 of a point from 4th in the state this year and taking a grand champion status at a show, and beating a band 3 times it's size!! It just goes to show that planning on the staff's part, and a commitment by the students to the staff's process can bring a band a long way in a short amount of time. The next step for this group is for the members to have a higher understanding of the commitment to having a higher level of excellence every single rep.... once that happens, you better watch out!!
I'm really excited for the future as I already have 5 more bands from last year already interested in my designs!! I'm going to keep working on my craft and hopefully make 2012 a better season! Thanks for stopping by. I'll try to update my blog a little more often now!