Let the Games Begin

Marching season is upon us!!!

I know I get insanely excited about marching season, but I can’t help it. I see how much Jazz loves it and it just warms my heart that he is in an extracurricular activity.

The program is ten times better than last year, in my opinion. We only get to see bits at a time – we saw the first two sets marched at the August parent preview and they added another set when they marched at half-time at the last football game – it’s good, it’s really good.

The name of the show is “No Strings Attached” and it’s about dancing marionettes. The kids start out the show on the ground, in various discarded doll poses and then begin their program. There is one section where they all come together and march really fast, narrowly by-passing each other in formation. It’s quite impressive.

They haven’t blocked the fourth, and final, set yet, so we’re not sure how it ends, but we’re loving what we see so far. Unfortunately, I haven’t really heard the music. It’s so noisy at the football games that I can’t hear it, but I’m sure it’ll be beautiful and challenging – the band director is sort of known for picking that sort of music.

I think our kids have a real shot at winning this year. It would be so great if they actually made the finals at Band Over America this year. (They didn’t make finals last year. And I can see why. Their show, though beautiful, just wasn’t flashy enough to compete).

Jazz has the same uniform as last year. I am pretty sure this will be the last time he’ll be able to wear it, it’s pretty tight. In fact, I can’t believe he’s able to breathe in that jacket. He’ll definitely have to get a bigger size next year.

His first competition is next week in Tulsa Oklahoma. The week after that, he has another one in Oklahoma, but in Broken Arrow. We plan on driving down there and watching. It’s only about two hours away – I can handle being on the road for four hours in one day.

I’m excited. I love these competitions. It’s so fun to watch the formations, to marvel at the costumes and listen to the music. It’s an uplifting experience.

Here’s to a successful 2010 marching season!