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Hey, watch it. We're geeks, dangit. :-P

Thanks, though!

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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The Bands of America St. Louis Super Regional is the 2nd largest high school marching band competition in the country. Only BOA Grand Nationals is larger.

56 bands competed in prelims, and my band, the Rampart Regiment, placed 7th overall. The 14 top bands moved on to finals.

For finals we had some issues, and only got 11th. But still, at least we made finals. We honestly had no idea if we would...

After the awards ceremony, some of us stayed and watched an exhibition performance from Broken Arrow, a Grand National champion band from 2 years ago. It. Was. Amazing.

And then we all got on the bus for the 18-hour ride back to Colorado. Fun fun.

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Awesome! Congratulations to you. Sounds like you guys had an awesome time.

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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Other than some issues with some of our less mature members really frakking around in the hotel, and a bus driver falling asleep (repeatedly) on the way back, it was every bit as good of a band trip as the one from my freshman year to the Zia competition in Albuquerque.

Oh, and one of the trumpet section leaders and a trumpet fresh(wo)man may have been doing things they shouldn't have been on the bus ride back... yeah.

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I just met the most amazing oboe player. He sat in with the community band tonight and he is fantastic. He even got out a screwdriver and tightened some of my loose screws that I didn't even know were loose. Then, he took out a lighter and held one of my keys over it to melt the pad under it so he could adjust it to the proper position (it apparently slid too far down). Now my oboe plays 10 times better than before and I'm really inspired to play like he can one day.

What a great night :D

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I just met the most amazing oboe player. He sat in with the community band tonight and he is fantastic. He even got out a screwdriver and tightened some of my loose screws that I didn't even know were loose.

Anything can sound awkward if you add "if you know what I mean" after it. This is one such situation: He even got out his screwdriver and tightened some of my loose screws, if you know what I mean.

See? Sorry, I'm being facetious. :mrgreen:

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You had "some problems," and you still got 11th? Wow...last year, we did a competition called DestinationImagiNation. We placed 1st in the state competition. Then, when we moved on to National, (global, really, since the US accounts for about 90% of DI) we had a problem with a radio transmitter, which was pretty much linked to our main project. 20 minutes before the big show. We placed 44th out of 58. :cry: But, as you said, at least we made it to the finals :wink:

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Well, I see your problem. You tried the clarinet :D

...And trying an oboe would've been better? :D

Well, not necessarily. The oboe is an extremely difficult instrument that takes a lifetime to master. I started out on the clarinet because that's how the school wanted me to, and I hated it. The only nice sounding, mellow notes are from low G to D and they can be easily replicated on a saxophone. So, for startreksuite, I would have suggested anything but the clarinet.

I just met the most amazing oboe player. He sat in with the community band tonight and he is fantastic. He even got out a screwdriver and tightened some of my loose screws that I didn't even know were loose.

Anything can sound awkward if you add "if you know what I mean" after it. This is one such situation: He even got out his screwdriver and tightened some of my loose screws, if you know what I mean.

See? Sorry, I'm being facetious. :mrgreen:

Uh...yeah.

So I was going through my fingerings before band, taking it slow, and then I realized I had to tongue all these sixteenth notes, so I practiced tonguing the reed at a really fast speed.

:D

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