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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Cassie's Journal - April 5, 2016



The Ridge River Raiders Marching band is born today!

We had a great turnout for our first practice, with sixty-three musicians and fourteen teens – mostly girls – for the color guard.  That also included a few van loads of teens from Maple Valley; and they’re just as fired up as we are – since they’ve never had a marching band at their school either.

Our practice started out with a meeting that included handing out the forms for the fruit and vegetable boxes promotion that starts today too; along with a chat about everything else that we need to deal with right away – whether that’s ordering uniforms or getting volunteers signed up for some of the other fundraisers that’ll be coming up over the next two months.  Since Michael and I were in on all of the planning for that, it wasn’t news for us; but we were drafted to help out – including modeling or showing the different uniform options.  We had all of that out of the way within a half hour; and then moved on to the real practice – which for tonight was all about learning to march.  If you’ve never done that as part of a large group, that probably sounds very simple, but while basic marching is easy-enough; getting seventy or eighty teens to do that in unison is another matter.  Since we also plan on moving well-beyond basic marching; we have our work cut out for us.

For a first practice, the marching went well-enough; though that wasn’t exactly exciting for me.  Michael and I did have fun together, and while we were with the rest of the saxophone players while doing that; it was great getting to hang out with our friends too.  That included Tim, since there was no way he was going to miss out on a trip to Florida while Rowen would be going there.  He’ll likely end up as a third or fourth-part trumpet player, since there are some really good players from both schools; but that’ll just make it easier for him to keep up with the marching band in addition to his football priority starting this summer and into the fall.

Tim is far from the only teen interested in the marching band for the trip – and that includes Rebecca, Lucas, and Jenny.  Lucas will be playing percussion; while Rebecca and Jenny will lead the color guard.  Most of the Maple Valley students are more serious musicians, since they’ve needed to get teacher approval to join, but I’m glad of that; since we need the extra good musicians to make sure we’re good-enough for a Disney parade.  We’ll start working on the music next week along with ongoing marching practices; but all we did today was hand out the music so that everyone can start learning it where that’s an option.  We’ll still need to work out quite a few of the placements – particularly with percussion players; but we’ll start in on that next week too when we split up for first section practices.  I’ll write more about that next week, but most of those small group practices will be student-led; and most of those student-leaders have already been chosen.

There isn’t much else to report from marching band practice, so let’s do a quick review of the rest of my day and then I’m going to crash and get started on my nap.

Tai Chi was by the river today; and I was glad to be out there again.  We’ve had a dash or two of rain; but most of the wet didn’t get here until I was home and in bed for the night – even if that hasn’t included any sleeping yet.  The rest of my morning was fairly normal; we were able to be outdoors for lunch; and the weather was just about perfect for our marching band practice.  Michael, Rowen, and I had our concert band practice first; moved straight into the marching band practice after that with only enough time to eat a quick sandwich and have a drink on our way outside.  Our teen praise team practice is being pushed back an hour to allow for our marching band practice – at least for now; but Michael and I – and most of the other members of the praise team – needed to go straight from the school to the church.  That’s going to be a lot of music every Tuesday night for us, but it’ll be worth all of the work!

On the not so great side of things, Michael and I still had our homework to do once we were finished that last practice; so he came back to my house to do that – and so we could get some more food too.  Add in a bedtime chat with my parents, Ethan, and Ehlana while we ate and studied; and a Magi lesson with Mom because she could do that while we were together; and my ‘real’ work and studying didn’t even get started until a bit after eleven-thirty.

That was also after I took care of getting Ethan and Ehlana tucked in for the night once I’d seen Michael out and on his way home; and I multi-tasked the first part of the work with some Jacuzzi time because I was seriously in need of a soak in the tub by then.  I could have fallen asleep in the tub, but resisted the urge; kept working; and then got out of the tub and ready for bed when I started to get too tempted to forget about the work and go to sleep anyway.  Maybe I should have done that, but it just makes things harder when I have to play catch-up; so I’m glad that I didn’t – even if the extra sleep would have been really nice.

I’ll have to settle for some self-healing in the morning, but it is our mid-week work night up next; so I might be able to get ahead of the game and even head off to bed early for the next night – or even two if I skip game night again and work at home instead on Thursday night.

That sounds like a great plan.  I’ll let you know how that works out for me, but that’s all for tonight; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!