Friday, October 14, 2011

School Daze October 10, 2011

Did you miss me? I missed writing my stream of consciousness called Mr. B's Blog.

Let's step back a little and reflect on last week, more specifically last Saturday Night - the Salem Band Show, or what TJ called the "Super bowl of Marching Bands in New Hampshire". Our day started out with everyone getting to the band room around noontime. Students and our great FOM pit crew moved everything down to the football field in preparation for a 2 hour rehearsal that focused on fine tuning the 2011 marching show "Salute to the Big Hair Bands". If you didn't know the title I'm certain that you have seen our tee shirts and sweatshirts with the show design on the back by sophomore Nick Iannaco.

We went through the paces, thank you Kelly, Matt and Heather, with yours truly stopping the band and colorguard after every set. Yes, think about this- there are 41 sets or designs. I know you have seen these designs because our local access TV station did a fantastic job filming the show when we played at Gillette Stadium on October 1. Oh, did you know we marched at Gillette stadium? Just kidding. Anyway, after the intense rehearsal, not without a few curve balls (taken from the Gillette blog) it was time to pack the truck and get something to eat. 

The student performers were treated to a buffet of pasta courtesy of our parent support group and Uno’s of Nashua. Then they put on their uniforms and their awesome dinkle marching shoes. Boarding the busses for Salem we arrived at Salem High School, Grant Field around 5:20 p.m. and were greeted by Salem H.S. Band members who were our runners. The equipment truck headed toward the "staging area" thank you Bob, Mimi and the entire pit crew plus a few extras. Off to our seats whereby we were greeted by our good band friends from Spaulding High School. It didn't take long before (under the leadership of our drum majors) the Alvirne High School Bronco Marching Band and Colorguard were getting their counterparts all wound up with the chant "Hey Band" to which the other band kids answered "Hey What" and the rest well.... you needed to be there to feel the camaraderie and energy that came forth with 1800 band and colorguard students from: Nashua High School North, Merrimack High School, Marshwood High School (Me), Spaulding High School, Burlington High School, Dover High School, Londonderry High School, Concord High School, Nashua High School South, Manchester High School West, Pinkerton High School, our host Salem High School and UMass Lowell featuring our own Anthony Condo on Sousaphone ( former AHS Drum Major) and Fallen Lenzi on Alto Sax. Now you realize I'm kidding about the featured part but as their former high school band director I am wicked proud (oh, so New Hampshire) of these AHS Band Alum.
Our student performers watched the other bands do their show routines, then intermission and it was time for us to prepare to enter the field in exhibition. This year, the Alvirne Band and Colorguard were scheduled at the 9:00 p.m. slot. Personally, I found that to be quite the honor as we followed Pinkerton but we were before our host Salem and the "featured" act UMASS Lowell.
During the warm ups I had a chance to extend my appreciation to the seniors and their dedication to the music program at Alvirne. What was said to them was personal and from the heart and to say the least emotional. Yep, I maybe tough at times but these kids know how to make me melt!
If you attended the show, you know "we rocked the joint"! This was one of the proudest moments for the Alvirne High School Bronco Marching Band and Colorguard. Every year I get to relive this fantastic event and for this I give the biggest kudos to all our students and parents. Yes, each and every one of you is part of the legacy!
Reflecting a little more I would like to thank Selectman Coutu and Selectman Jasper for the sincere and kind words that were spoken about these young performers. Hudson has a lot to be proud of.

OK, so I've blah, blah, blah, about the band well let me tell you about some other good news.

Bob's Store was having a contest in regards to supporting the arts in our school. I would like to take a few words to thank Mr. Mike Hardy for sending us the link with the contest rules. Guess What?  Mrs. Vickie Soto wrote about the need for a decent facility for our student performers and WE, yes Alvirne High School was the recipient of a $5,000 grant towards the fine arts. Mrs. Soto wants the money to be put towards a Performing Arts Center (PAC). This area would give us more space for rehearsals, storage, classrooms, production studios and an auditorium. NOW, $5,000 probably will help with the foyer but it's a start for the educational leaders of Hudson to really discuss the future of Arts Education.

Whew, I don't know if it's the pitter patter of rain but my stream of consciousness has some more to say.
October 15, the Jazz Band will be performing at the PumpkinFest at 2:00 p.m.  come on by and support our "Euros for Europe"  fundraising endeavors.

 I need to share the following with my readers.  After reading this I felt like a little kid on Christmas morning (Sorry, if  I'm not PC).

 I received the following today and now have realized why I love what I do unconditionally.

Hi Gerry,
I am not sure if you remember me or not, but I had great time hanging out with you and the other NHMEA officers at your fall conference shortly before I took over the office of MENC President. During the banquet you told a story about having your marching band play for one of the moms who was battling cancer. Your story and the life lesson you provided for those students in the band really touched me and I have included it in my book. I hope you are comfortable with me sharing your story
At your convenience, I would appreciate chatting with you on the phone to make sure you approve of me including your story and also to make sure that I remember it accurately. I hope you and your family are having a great fall with the beautiful foliage there. I look forward to talking with you.
Have a good weekend,

Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer

Director of Choral Music Education

Texas State University, San Marcos

School of Music

Mr. B