Last Saturday's TAG DAY went off smoothly and successfully. Thanks again to the many PARENTS and STUDENTS who participated in this crucial fundraiser. I have not received any amounts yet, but I was pleased with the turnout and the level of participation from band as a whole. Great job, guys.
The same day, The MARCHING BULLDOGS competed in a tough class at the USBANDS Northern VA Regional hosted by Herndon HS.. They won Class VI Open with a score of just over 85-- a HUGE improvement in just a week. They took Caption awards for Best Colorguard, Visual, Overall Effect and Music. Additionally, they won a special award for creativity and overall effect (Dem lights!!!) The Percussion section took 2nd in the class (and 2nd of the day out of the 21 bands) so that is quite a haul. The band brought a level of focus before the show I hadn't seen yet, and a level of energy during the show that was palpable to all. I had TONS of band directors approach me unsolicited and tell me how great they thought the band was. Also of note-- no behavior incidents in the stands. I LOVE how we improved every aspect of our band in a week. Pre, during, and post-show. I am so proud of how you all handled yourselves, and I think its a sign of even better to come.
What a huge day. I hope everyone enjoyed their Sundays and I'm looking forward to continuing some great work in the classoom. Of note: SMARTMUSIC assignments will sart within a week with any luck at all. I will email home once it's all up and running. Woo hoo!!!
Thanks for a great (and BUSY) weekend,
Alan P. Johnson
Director of Bands