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August 19th, 2006

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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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Date:August 20th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
I'm glad this year is going so well.
Date:August 20th, 2006 12:32 am (UTC)
I was wondering when this the group 1 thing would happen. I had been talking about it to VanDyke since '01ish when I started to realize things were going to get crazy not too long afterwards. (And I suppose you can say it happened in '03.) He always said going to group 1 would be embarrassing considering how large the school is, but I always said that I would provide for a much more competitive product because it would weed out a lot of the people that didn't really want to be there. I've found that it's wishful thinking to have any sort of large-ish band in Waldorf because no one cares about band (or the arts in general) there.

And I'm off my alumni soapbox. :p (Gracious, I'm getting old.)

Best of luck to you guys this season!

Aaron Derencin
Thomas Stone High School '03 (alto sax '99, '00; tenor sax '01, '02)
Jacksonville State University '08 (tenor sax '03, '04, '05; mellophone '06)
Date:September 20th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)


I am now a quasi-professional musician. Ralph Marvin VanDyke nearly destroyed that dream. Hooray for new direction! Go THOMAS STONE BAND!
Date:September 21st, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)


And obviously you're a loser.

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