The second week began with more hot weather and good retention from the band. While we were able to get three songs on the field by the end of the first week, things were still in a rough state. We needed the second week to clean up the first three songs, attempt the following 1 and 1/2 tunes, and work on pregame and stands tunes.
"Cool," our third song, is just flat-out hard. But I love it for its substance. Considering its a 1:30 long marching band arrangement, it keeps its integrity and style intact (most arrangements of its kind are dumbed-down). I'm proud of the kids for working hard on it. I believe its intricacy (and our hard work on it) will translate into how well we play for the December concert and beyond.
In fact, "Cool" was difficult enough that we were not able to get to cleaning up "America" or to even charting "Tonight." This was expected, however, and we'll have those on the field for our September 15 invitational performance.
By the time Wednesday and Thursday (August 29-30) came around, the kids and myself were overheated and exhausted. So we finished a little early on Wednesday and slept in a little on Thursday. The performance Thursday evening was successful and received well. I can't wait to see what we are able to put together this Friday...