2008 Marching Band Competition

Here it is … what you’ve all been waiting for … cyber drum roll, please ….

The Chaparral High School Marching Band is officially the 9th best band in Colorado!

Their final score was 73.25, only 0.6 points behind eighth place. The also took home a plaque for the most improved band. That award is given to the band that increases their score the most from last year’s state competition.

I am exceedingly proud of all of them … especially my fabulous tuba-playing son. If you’re paying attention — and, really, why wouldn’t you be? — you’ll see a close-up of him doing a happy, shiny tuba flip. It comes right after my extremely bad camera work. In my defense, I hardly ever use the video camera anymore so I couldn’t keep the camera from jiggling, find my son, AND remember where the zoom was. So sue me.

They work so hard — sweltering through summer band camp on the hot asphalt of the student parking lot where they rehearse … trying to convince non-band students to move their cars off the 50-yard line so they can practice after school … marching in every kind of weather … late nights, early mornings — all for a ten-minute production.

In the summertime when the band was rehearsing, the football players came over and marveled at how much harder the band kids work than football players work. If you ever want to get a band kid all blustery and righteous, point out that football players get PE credit just for being on the team, but band students don’t. Then stand back!

I’ll apologize in advance for the woo-hooing in your ear in the video. I tried to control myself, but, alas, could not. But it’s not just me. The whole crowd does the same thing. And just so you know, videotape does NOT do this band justice. When they play to the backfield then turn and blast that wall of sound right at you … well, it’s pretty darn close to a religious experience. Definitely not an exaggeration to say it can give you a full-body shimmy.

Enjoy ….


Did it give you a full-body shimmy? Goosebumps? Lump in your throat? Do you love the marching band with every fiber of your being?!

0 thoughts on “2008 Marching Band Competition

  1. Jessie

    Mama – excellent camera work! And what a great tuba flip that was! Even this little recording gave me shivers and goosebumps. I love marching band! More and more I wish we had one at Pacific so I could cheer them on!

  2. beckycc

    Normally, we have several different videos of their performances, with lots of close-ups and good shots. But this year both Wes and I were working on the Pit Crew — the parents who help roll in the marimbas and xylophones and such that stay stationary during the show — so we weren’t up in the stands working the video. If I would have screwed this one up, we would have been scrounging around for a video someone else made.

    So much stress for one Tuba Mom!

  3. Vicki Clark

    Super cool Tuba flip. Kudos to the kid. Yes, our family seems to have goose bump inducing love for marching band. Genetic? Pathological?

    And is that Martin Mull introducing them? Sure sounds like it. Maybe he’s a band geek too.


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