Last night, the marching band performed at the annual Andover "Early Bird" Marching Band Invitational in Bloomfield Hills. I was proud of how the band did, especially considering we hadn't met since Tuesday evening.
The invitational was valuable for several reasons. First, we received two audio tapes of comments by two long-time music educators and a video tape from the press box. Second, we got a chance to put our whole show on the field before the ensuing football games. Until last night, we had only performed 3 of 5 songs. Last, we got the chance to see 6 other area bands including Troy HS (http://www.troyhighband.org/), Andover (http://www.andovermusic.com/band.htm), Lahser (http://www.lahserbands.org/), Dakota (http://www.cvs.k12.mi.us/dakota/), and Southfield HS and Southfield-Lathrup (http://www.southfield.k12.mi.us/education/district/district.php?sectionid=1).
What might be most fun about the night is seeing the very different styles of the bands. Our band probably had a similar style to Andover and Lahser in the presentation, music, and marching style. In the same way, the Southfield schools have a similar style, modeling their show on the Florida A&M Band (http://www.marching100alumni.com/home.htm). Troy and Dakota had unique styles, at times approximating DCI (http://www.dci.org/index.cfm) groups.
We have the next week off from football and then follow with our last two games. I'll post soon about upcoming October events, including the trip to UM's Band-O-Rama (October 20), Tag Days fundraiser (October 12-14), and the indoor marching concert (October 19).