Fresh from our very first competition of the season, The Marching Astros placed second overall in the Wheeling High School Contest on Saturday! The drum majors and the colorguard won first place awards for their categories and we narrowly missed first overall by one-point-something, so everyone was pretty hyped up. The first contest is always a test for most bands, as most haven't performed their full show until probably the night before. The field is full of anxious performers, the sidelines are lined with nervous band directors and assistants galore, and the stands are jam packed with a crowd excited to see their bands (and their offspring) perform some fine music and marching.
It felt good to be back in the action of Marching Season and we were decked out in our finest orange-wear. Thank goodness the weather was downright marching-band-balmy considering we've been at far too many competitions fashioning winter parkas, boots, hats, gloves, and numerous blankets. Anything above freezing is a blessing in this sport.
We sat for 6 hours on our stadium chairs, whispering and commenting on our favs and our not-so favs. We saw incredible precision marching and lovely colorguard flags. There were crazy nutty parents hooting and hollering like it was the Superbowl and tons of really talented kids. I'm stiff from the damp and the sitting in bleachers for too long, but I can't wait for next weekend and the Western Illinois Marching Contest in Macomb!