We’ve had jam-packed, non-stop days since last Wednesday.
Four days after the marching festival October 12, the band performed at a regional competition in Lafayette, Colorado. Winners at regional earn the privilege to compete at state on Saturday, October 26; Legacy did well, placing second.
And if that’s not enough to keep them busy and out of trouble, the kids returned home that night to finish start packing for their Bands of America trip to St. Louis the next day
because we all know they’ve waited ’til the last possible minute and if they go to bed too early, they might miss a critical text from one of their 387 friends telling them “Hey.”
Our four days of grueling travel (35 hours on a bus, not including travel while in St. Louis), taxing schedules, sleep deprivation, physical torture inflicted by the most non-ergonomic bus seats EVER—you get back support or leg support, but not both; I chose back support and my knees are slowly starting to recover, crowd control, loads of music and marching, and a whole lot of fun began at 5:30 a.m. Thursday.
Four charter busses pulled out of the high school parking lot at 8:15. Everyone settled in for what was estimated to be a 14-hour trip to St. Louis, Missouri, where the band would compete for its first time at a Bands of America event known as a super regional.
Fortunately, there was no pressure to load Big Blue, Legacy’s band trailer, as it had left the night before right after the regional.
Unfortunately, the amount of time estimated to travel the 857 miles was off by more than three hours because we didn’t arrive at the hotel in St. Louis until after 1:00 a.m. The adults on our bus were wondering how the kids would be able to wake up at 6:30 for breakfast and be ready to leave for practice at 8:00 after 4½ hours of sleep.
Fortunately, bus drivers are not permitted to drive without eight hours of sleep between shifts, so the kids got to sleep later than planned.
Legacy did not perform in the finals but did take fifth in music and, according to the band director, “…they dumped on us pretty hard for visual.”
Still, we were proud of the kids for their performance against some exceedingly talented and mostly huge bands (some with 250 to 300 members) from at least 10 other states whose performances border on professional…like, do they do band full time for four years running and then go to high school?
Congrats to Legacy marching band for a great show! Up next: State.