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August 19th, 2006

10:03 am
So I though I'd let you all in on how the band was doing A.L.(After Liz) haha.  Anyways, the real reason I'm coing this is that Vandyke told us not to think about band this weekend and its just impossible.  So this year the show is La Nouba from Cirque Du Soleil, the show was originally chosen by our DM Phil last year.  We are opening with distorted, A la lune is our "ballad" and closing with Urban.  The music is a lot harder than Carmen and our band is a lot younger.  We will be competing as a group one, which Vandyke is not happy about.  There is a percussion instructor named Jessica Whalen that used to be in the band.  WE have learned the drill to Distorted and A la lune, though Vandyke is on a "If you always do what you've always done you'll always have what you've always had" phase.  So we learned all the drill to distorted in two hours, 14 sets in a little over two hours, without reviewing at all until we were done, so most people forgot everything.  Most of our clarinet section from last year quit and about half of our band graduated.  So we are left with a brass section of 8 four trumets, ones mellophone, and three trombones mayhaps 9 if Aaron Simon(tuba) actually does it, and a six person drumline and a six person pit, as well as a three person fulte section and six sax-o-phones.  This is definitely a building year, but we plan to do well and hope to go to Scranton this year, or at least win stuff, becuase the theory is that if we wing as a group one this year, people would want to join a winning band, and that well get many new members next year.  Vandyke hasn't broke out into any yelling fits this year, but the rookies still dont understand him, because theyre not used to him yet.  He just brought out the ladder and unfortunately Chris Prairie was watching us from the roof as well, grr.  Next week bandcamp continues from 3-6 so, three hours with barely a break if one at all, so, we shall see...

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March 16th, 2006

06:27 pm
I've come out of livejournal dormancy to make a post about recent information concerning the dismantling of the KRB Jesus Fish in the TS Band Room:

I'm not down with it at all. It's a travesty. The KRB Jesus Fish--especially the one on the exit sign--was a symbol of the social and talent juggernaut that was KRB, and should never be tampered with.

The culprit, he who claims to have talent in the brass region (I assure you he does not), needs a swift kick in the ass.

That is all.

Thank you.

Hugs and kisses,

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June 6th, 2005

05:38 pm - Clarinet
So... any clarinetists out there?
We love the clarinet:
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

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May 28th, 2005

12:37 pm - Lookin for a flute? lol
Hey bandies... the like 10 of you here...

I am selling a Yamaha YFL-461 Flute, if anyone is interested or knows anyone that is.
It's in perfect shape. It's an open hole offset G with low B w/ gismo key. Sterling silver, with good pads.
The pics are here:
Yamaha Flute
It's also posted at Usedflutes.com
This flute sells for $1600 new, I'm asking $900.

Yeah... just email me.
Current Mood: chipperchipper

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March 3rd, 2005

04:33 pm - Kevin Goad Song
If you know nothing of the Kevin Goad song, here is a short history.

The Kevin Goad song was established by a few of Thomas Stone Marching Band's members during their fantastic 2002 season, the first year Kevin Goad graced the marching band with his presence. The song became an immediate hit, and was sung by many of the band members on the way to and from competitions each week. With its techno-esque bass renditions of the two words "Kevin" and "Goad", many of the band members found the song particularly easy to learn, if for no other reason than the fact that they needed only to come up with an interesting rythym in which to sing "Kevin", "Goad", or both. And if they were really dumb, they just copied someone else.

As the season ended, the Kevin Goad was not forgotten, making appearances throughout the school year.

In the 2003 marching season, the song reached new heights, as additions were made in the form of the "Chris Prarie Song", the "Chris Rick Song" (which was soon after banned, for obvious reasons), and the "Kevin Goad Song Bridge Ballad." With the exception of the Bridge Ballad, each addition followed the formula of the original--background rythyms created by the use of only the name of the person the song discussed, and rhyming couplets sung as lead vocals by the self-proclaimed Kevin Goad Song Emcee.

Further interest into the project of the Kevin Goad song allowed for the addition of specific song breaks and chorus lines, all of which were easily assimilated into the ever growing repetoire of the Kevin Goad Song Devotees.

In a special Halloween version of the Kevin Goad Song, a small transition was made into recreating such sounds as one would expect to hear in Friday the 13th, and it was dubbed "The Scary Kevin Goad Song."

Well, for anybody who misses the Kevin Goad song, or anybody who missed their opportunity at either year of the wonderful song, there is a website for you.


Enjoy, and remember not to download it too many times. It eats up Blake's bandwidth.
It is the most marvelous thing you will see all day.
Current Mood: giddygiddy
Current Music: The Kevin Song

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February 7th, 2005

10:59 pm - "Oh, it's you again?"
Well, hey there kidlets. It's your favorite converted Southerner reminding you why my school is ridiculously awesome.

Here is the production announcement for the 2005 Marching Southerners. If you are a brass player and you like drum corps, Southerners is heaven. If you're a woodwind player like myself ... it's still a lot of fun.

If anyone has any questions about why I say it's so awesome, ask away.

For those of you that wonder what I'm doing these days or who the crap I am to begin with, you're about to find out. My name is Aaron Derencin and I play tenor saxophone. Poorly. I graduated from Thomas Stone in 2003. I hated it.

I am a sophomore majoring in music education at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. I am also persuing a jazz certificate. I am studying with Mace Hibbard, who looks really funny in the picture that is linked. To those that knew me, you will be surprised that I actually have a very active social life and am having a freakin' hard time fitting everything in because of it. I currently serve as the secretary for the great Epsilon Nu chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, to which I was initiated on April 5, 2004. We are a social music fraternity with professional ideals and we don't suck. At all.

How is everything looking for the spring with band stuff?

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December 19th, 2004

02:53 am - winter concert
i'm not in band. i was at the winter concert though and i just want to say that VD is really dumb or lying or something if he didn't realize that a 22 song show would be painfully long. didn't he write the program? doesn't he teach all you people? yeah i think he does. i know the spring one won't be that way and if my band geek wasn't graduating this spring, i would boycott the winter show if it was going to be that long again. and, sorry but the strings sucked really bad.

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November 13th, 2004

05:09 pm - hah
No one posts here... So Lonely.

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October 6th, 2004

01:14 pm
I'm not in band.
I was at the homecoming game, however.
Just wanted to say that was some sweet stuff goin' on out on the field.
Keep up the good work.

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August 26th, 2004

04:30 pm - Greetings from down south.
Hey kids. I just wanted to see how everything is going up there. Please tell me things are better than last year, 'cause that would be great. Sadly, I don't think I'm going to come see your show this year. So you know, spite me and have the best season ever.

As for our show ... yeah, it's just that good.

To read about our show and other fun goings on the past two weeks, go
here. To learn about the best collegiate band ever in general, go here.

Lots of fun is in store for us this year, including fun and frolic in Atlanta's Georgia Dome as we host and perform at BOA's Atlanta Super Regional on October 22 and 23.

We'll be playing at BOA Grand Nationals in Indianapolis next year, and talk of our return to Macy's is in the works. As much as I (and all of you) hate parades, that would be awesome.

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