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[21 Jun 2006|10:13pm]

[ mood | band geeky? ]

Sure, I'll post.

So, uhhh, summer band has started (ok, well it DID start... three weeks ago), and it's been good, I suppose. I'm a SENIOR, so that's exciting. I actually have nothing to write about, so I don't know entirely why I'm here.

I'm just excited for marching band this year, even though I'm almost completely bored with the music already (bad, I know). Uh, that's all. Updates when something interesting actually happens.

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[21 Jun 2006|09:12pm]

[ mood | amused ]

Name: Abigail/Abby
Age: 17
Location: Charleston
What band are you in? the Pride of Capital High!
What instrument do you play? clarinet

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[20 Jun 2006|11:12pm]

Practice today was the best ever. My vow of silence idea worked absolutely perfectly. I managed to prove everybody wrong and I managed to lay a guilt trip on Mr. Scott, which is always awesome. I walked in and said a quick "Hi" to Megan, just because I promised her I would, and then after that I didn't say a word. Right before practice started I wrote "Tell Bob what I'm doing" on a piece of paper and gave it to Abigail. So she says, "Mr. Scott, Gabbi wants you to know that she's taken a vow of silence." And then he started laughing at me. Then after a while we randomly took a break, and he pulls me over and says, "Gabbi you're not mad at me are you?" Me: *shakes head furioiusly* He says, "I'm really worried that you're not talking to me 'cause you're angry with me over what I said about you last week." Then I wrote down, "I'm not talking in general, nothing to do with you." Which, I guess was a lie, but whatever. =P So then I go back to the band room (after trying to dodge a bunch of people who were trying to trick me into talking by asking me a bunch of questions) and Mr. Scott walks up to me and says, "Gabbi I love you, I didn't mean it!" And I had to try really hard not to laugh, 'cause that was part of the deal too. So I actually did manage to go the entire practice without saying a word, but then at the end I thought Mr. Scott was going to explode if I didn't say something to him before I left so I just said, "Mr. Scott, vow of silence over." And then he was happy. And he also said that he's not going to make any more cracks about me not having the ability to keep my mouth shut, so yaay. The only one who doubts my ability to keep quiet is Garrett, but I'll take care of that one later.

But as actual practice goes...I can't wait until mandatory practices start. We really need all the good players back.

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[19 Jun 2006|06:26pm]

Well I just found out I got screwed over in Youth Symphony. They've evidently made a new wind ensemble. This one's a training group primarily for YOUNGER musicians who have never done Youth Symphony before. I found out today from my private instructor that rather than the Youth Orchestra wind ensemble that I thought I had made, they actually stuck me in the training wind ensemble. Plus, I found out that the audition in general wasn't fair. Evidently Ali was promised a long time ago that she could have piccolo this year. So I got stuck in the training ensemble as a consolation prize. I haven't been this mad since I missed out on All County my freshman year. I got screwed out of playing in the symphony AND I quit Community Band for absolutely nothing. Well it looks like she finally beat me. But you know what really pisses me off? She can't even beat me fairly.
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[17 Jun 2006|06:14pm]

It's a bit delayed, but better late than never, right?

Practice Tuesday was awesome. We got a lot more people actually show up, and more freshman is always a good thing. I think? The low brass section kinda sucks without Garrett, but oh well. Hopefully he'll show back up again soon. And I had the crap embarrassed out of me by Mr. Scott....I won't get into that one. Needless to say next week is going to be interesting. I've got an idea for a bit of a wager with him...

Stevi got field commander. That's kinda what I was expecting.

Good news for me, I got section leader, yay! I'm gonna talk to Mr. Scott later (not on Tuesday though...some of you should know why =D =D) and see if I can't get someone else to help me, 'cause there ain't no way I'm doing a section that big by myself. I'll see if Ari can do it.

I'm gonna kill Ali. She told me she got piccolo in WVYSO, but I called up the people just to make sure, 'cause they didn't tell me what instrument they wanted me to play in the letter I got, and they told me they wanted me to play it. Grr, I'm tired of her.

Speaking of WVYSO, anybody else try out for that? Or planning on it?

Until next time!

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Yay!! [07 Jun 2006|08:07pm]

Yes, it's that time of year again, w00t! Totally excited. CHS's first practice for the 2006 marching season was yesterday. Only the very dedicated and a few frightened freshman (lol) showed up, but overall it was a pretty good first practice. I didn't realize how difficult JCS would be to play as a group - it's mostly because most people are sightreading, but playing marching music as a group again just feels strange. Going through withdraw hasn't been a good experience for me, lol. Unfortunately we only have one practice a week for a while, but at least it gives me something - other than the pounds of homework I've been given - to look forward to this summer. I can't wait to get everybody back in that band room. I can tell this year is going to be great already!

Pros: Finally being able to suppress my uncontrollable urge to play band music once a week, and a possible position as section leader!
Cons: Having to put up with people that screw around and don't really work, and having to fight a certain person who's going to try to steal my chair every week...surprise surprise.

=D =D =D =D !!

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[02 Apr 2006|01:15pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

All-State with Maestro Grant Cooper was amazing.. marvelous.. breathtaking.. overwhelming... I simply can't describe it. Hopefully someone else can better than I, because even those words can't even begin to muster up the true experience.. :)

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Maestro Cooper was absolutely incredible.. he really shaped us into more adept, au fait musicians.

And his [New Zealand] accent was to die for..

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Marching Season Has Come To A Close... [20 Nov 2005|11:24am]

[ mood | cheerful ]

We lost the play off game agaisnt Morgantown. (Who did not see THAT coming?) And that sadly ended our season.

Which leads me to ask...

What does everyone here do for Concert Season?

Example: Jazz Band, Concert Band, All-State, All-County, Show Choir, etc.

Just wondering...


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[08 Nov 2005|07:26pm]


Yay for long absences. We lost the football game on Friday (21-9 against South Charleston) but we still made it to playoffs. We play Nitro on either Friday or Saturday, depending on the weather. Inevitably, we will lose. But oh well. I can't wait for concert season.

Practice Monday was crazy. I doubt I got anything done. Garrett and Alison were too distracting. "Hey Will, I think Mecca's that way!!!"

Jazz band was alright. I think I played better last week considering I could actually see what it was I was playing. But still funny. "I found a rabbit!!!"

Practice and lesson tomorrow. *whee*

~I'm outie~ <Color's back!

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[02 Nov 2005|08:22pm]

[ mood | bouncy ]

Jazz band yesterday. Not many people showed up for some reason. It was just me, Alison, and Mari on alto haha. But oh well. I could actually play this time, and that made me happy. And I could actually play "Sleigh Ride" correctly, which made me happier. ^o^

We got "It's An American Christmas" today, yay!! It's so crazy, but it's so much fun to play! I get to play "Stars and Stripes" again! ...Sort of. It's an extremely rough variation of the original. But oh well. This'll be really good once we get it together.

Practice...haha, wow. Bob "yelled" at me 'cause I was sitting in his chair (of course lol) and then he wouldn't let me live it down (of course-er). I informed him of my piccolo situation, and all he said was, "...Wow, I bet your mom wants to kill you." Yeah, reeeaallly reassuring. And then I got extremely bored when my mom didn't show up so I went around and put away all the stands haha. Yay. I guess it was kinda like redeeming myself for sitting in his chair.

~I'm outie~

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[27 Oct 2005|07:42pm]

[ mood | blah ]

Well I put my flute in the instrument room again this morning, thinking that what happened yesterday wasn't going to happen again, and then when I go to get it for 8th period, SURPRISE! It's not where I left it. I was late to class because I had to spend fifteen minutes searching the damn instrument room for the whereabouts of my flute. I eventually found it lodged under a rather large tuba case. That REALLY makes me mad. I bought a lock for my cage today. Knowing them, though, they'll probably break the lock, in which case I'm gonna start kicking everyone's asses. Bob kinda forgot about trying to figure out who it was that did it, so I have to remind him to do it tomorrow. I'll do it when I go to tell him that I bought a lock for my cage.

But rather interesting stuff happened during eighth period. Bob for some reason decided to go on a Mr.-Giles-esque kind of speech, which was rather amusing. He was saying things along the lines of, "When you leave this place of higher learning to go to an even better place of higher learning, and when your children go to a place of higher learning, you'll look back on what you did in your time and really start to realize how great the things were that you did for the community." Coming from Mr. Scott, it was rather funny. So I look over at Abby, who's giving me this "wtf" look, and I gesture starting to play the violin. haha We are way too easily amused.

Then after class Tiffany and I went to talk to Bob about something or other, and Tiffany noticed something on his desk inviting the band to go to someplace. So Tiffany said, "Oh, did you get another offer?" Then Bob said, "I get offers all the time, but I'm married so---Oh you mean for the band." It took a while for it to register but when I finally got it Bob started laughing at me because I'm so slow....:-[ haha Good times.

~I'm outie~

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[26 Oct 2005|08:41pm]

[ mood | angry ]

I could actually remotely play the stuff in Jazz Band yesterday! And that makes me happy. I think I'm the only one who actually wants to practice it at home so I'm gonna see if I can just keep the folder over the weekend.

But everything else=GRRRRR+++.

Complaint #1: Towards the end of concert season last year, the piccolo I was using was starting to suck, so my mother bought me a really really nice one. It's not even six months old, and I already need it replaced. There was a crack in the top of the body that I didn't see, I'm guessing it's from where I had shoved the head joint in there too hard. When I fell during the game last Friday my piccolo came crashing to the ground and was also dragged when I started to slide, and that was just the end of it. I had taken it to the shop to get it fixed and the guy informed me that because of some amount of physical force, that crack had gotten extremely bad and was continuing into the entire body of the piccolo. It can't be fixed. The only way I can get it to play correctly is to entirely replace the body.

Complaint #2: After we found this out, my mother started yelling at me about how it's my fault my piccolo is ruined, how irresponsible I was, and how I didn't take care of my instrument at all. First of all, I didn't know that there was a limit as to the amount of pressure that you had to use to get the head joint into the body. Secondly, is it my fault I fell? No. It's not something I could have prevented. I don't have eyes in the back of my head. But evidently she thinks I should because she proceeded to tell me that until I learn how to take better care of my instruments she is refusing to buy me a new flute, which she has been promising to buy me for almost a year.

Complaint #3: This is just the straw that broke the camel's back. Last year I had to put up with people being absolute assholes to me, and now I've finally had enough. I had put my flute in the instrument room. I went to get it for class today. Wasn't there. I assumed I left it at home and I could just go back and get it before I went to my lesson. I used Tiffany's flute for All-County practice, and then went home to get my flute and go to my lesson. Only one problem: The flute wasn't there either. So I call Ellen and tell her I'm gonna be late, and then rush back to the school to rummage through the band room to find my flute. Wasn't there. So I run to find Mr. Scott to ask him to unlock the instrument room. He wasn't there either. So I run back home, call Ellen and tell her I'm gonna have to miss the lesson 'cause I couldn't find my flute (which she wasn't too happy about), and then run back to the school. Mr. Scott had returned by that time, so I asked him to unlock the instrument room for me. I looked through the entire instrument room. Didn't find it. Brought my mom in to help me look. Didn't find it. At this point I'm extremely upset because I didn't know what I could have possibly done with it. Then I decided to check the one place I hadn't thought to look. There's a cage that Abby had put a sign on, identifying it as her own, saying that it was her cage, no one else was allowed to use it, blah blah blah. So I check in there and sure enough, there's my flute, shoved way in the back so I couldn't see it if I hadn't been looking hard enough. Then I looked on the sign that Abby had put on there. Somebody had written at the very bottom, "Hey Abby, thanks for letting me borrow your cage! Love Gabby." Now that just pissed me off to no end. First of all, if they were gonna do that they could have at least taken the time to spell my name right. Secondly, I had to put up with shit like this all last year because people are stupid immature idiots, and now I've finally had enough of it. So I went and I showed it to Mr. Scott and he said he was definitely gonna see who did it. I missed my lesson because of that asshole.

Today was just not the best of days.

~I'm outie~

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[23 Oct 2005|08:18pm]

[ mood | dunno ]

oh wow these past two days have been great =) i'm sure you've already heard cause Gabbi always posts before me, but here it is anyways

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[23 Oct 2005|03:11pm]

[ mood | SOOO HAPPY!! ]

Wow. Really good ending to the year for us.

The football game was so much fun, but I’m not exactly sure how the band did. When we got there it was raining, so we put on the raincoats and sat up in the stands. It stopped raining almost literally as soon as we sat down, and after a while Pirate Bob decided to let us put our uniforms on. Then halftime was just...I dunno. It’s not that the field was muddy, it was just...wet. We were fine up to the drum feature, and then we had a bunch of people fall, including me. John slipped on the grass and fell, and then I tripped over his body and landed on my back, and then Brianna stepped on my chest....I’m surprised she didn’t fall down. But I just kinda disregarded the pain I was in and jumped up and got back into my spot...that wasn’t fun. And now my arm is in such extreme pain...... But at least the football team one against Princeton (32-24!).

And the Ripley Festival was just.....Wow. It was raining when we got there, and I started getting flashbacks from the last festival we had...I just wasn’t getting good vibes. I walked around for a while (it was SO COLD), talked to KC, sent our section leaders an air gram (we had like a million of them lol) and then went back to get dressed and warm up. So after we warmed up our section leaders came over to give us a pep talk, and told us how this was their last festival and how much they wanted it....So I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard. And talk about good signs...as soon as we go to get on the field the sun started shining.......Our diagonal at the beginning looked kinda bad, but I think that was mainly because the stupid saucer was in the way...But oh well. I was scared to death that I’d fall during the feature again, but I didn’t, so it’s all good. I think that was by far the best we’ve ever done. It didn’t feel nearly as good as the Daily Mail, but it was still awesome. But I do think I was more nervous yesterday than I was at the Daily Mail. But when we try that hard, there’s no stopping us!

1st – Auxiliary
3rd – Drum Major
2nd – Class A Percussion (which I think is bull......)
1st – Class A Outstanding Soloist (GO JOSH!!)
1st – Class A Band

We lost Show Design to Princeton, but I’m not too upset by that one.

We finished our season 4-1. I think that this year’s show might have been better than last year’s...and last year’s was awesome.

We went out with a bang!

~I’m outie~

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Newbie!! [22 Oct 2005|07:48pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

I would be glad to "fill you in" on your newest member. ^_^ If you accept me that is...

Name: Natalie (Gnat)
Age: 16
Location: WV??
What band are you in? Saint Albans High
What instrument do you play? Trumpet basically...but this year I am the Drum Major.
Pics(of you? your band?): I will post some as soon as I can figure out how...sorry. ~_~

I have never really posted about what my Band is doing, it seems...arrogant.

But I am just TOO proud of them! I am so excited!! ^_^

We are playing 'Pandora's Box'. And on November 5th, I believe, we are traveling to Pittsburgh to perform in the Chapter 8 Semi-finals for TOB. And if we place in the top 25 bands in our category (there are 72), then we get to travel to Scranton the following week for the ACC Championship!! AHH!! ^_^

I think we can really take it. We won Grand Champions at the Greenbrier East Shriner...and if we can do that...wow. What are we capable of?

But that is actually NOT what I am so proud about...

I am estatic because...at our pep assembly on Friday for Homecoming...the seniors randomly, and voluntarily, started chanting, 'WE WANT THE BAND!'. O_o That has NEVER happened. We NEVER get recognition from the school. That is SO COOL! AHH! ^_^ ^_^

I love it!!


Well...TTFN. ^_^


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[20 Oct 2005|09:27pm]

[ mood | crazy ]

Today was great. Last practice of the year. It still feels weird to me. But oh well.

We had an awesomely good week. We go to Princeton tomorrow (what fun) and then we have our last festival of the year at Ripley on Saturday. Wish us luck!

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[19 Oct 2005|08:50pm]

[ mood | groggy ]

Well we went to talk to Mr. Scott, but not with the number we had hoped for. All six of us were going to go, but then one of them went home early and the other just chickened out...so it was just four of us. So we went in there after class and told him our piece...and he told us that he thought it was stupid that they were taking it so far, but just to go along with it and humor them and not worry about it because in the end it's his decision anyway. It's not the way I thought it would turn out, but at least we know that he sees it our way.

I guess now that it's happened, the marching test wasn't so bad. I just think it was kinda pointless.

Damn. One day left.

~I'm outie~

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[18 Oct 2005|08:27pm]

[ mood | crappy ]

Rather amusing thing happened in band today....Pirate Bob wasn't there, so we just had to put up with Casey conducting. We've worked the end of "Jupiter" to death, trying to get the right cut-offs and stuff, but there are still people that aren't paying attention. So we were playing "Jupiter," and as soon as we play the last note, we hear Bob's voice just scream out, "YOU STILL DIDN'T GET IT RIGHT!!!!!" So we all turn around and he was just standing at the door......It was the funniest thing ever.

We didn't do the marching test today......*And the entire flute section heaves a collective sigh of relief.*

Now to a completely different tone.

Anything positive that I've EVER said about this marching test thing....FORGET IT. Forget all of it. It just hit me today: It's the stupidest thing in the world. All it is is a result of my section leaders going power hungry and deciding that they can do whatever the hell they want with us despite the fact that they aren't gonna have a thing to do with us next year. Are any of the other sections having tests to see who would be the best section leader? No. Just us. Coinsidence? I think not. And they've already started narrowing down the people who they think would do the "best job," and we haven't even done anything yet. That is ANYTHING but fair. And in addition to that, they don't even have a say in making the stupid decision. It's MR. SCOTT'S CHOICE, NOT THEIRS. There is absolutely NO POINT in doing this if Mr. Scott's gonna be the one deciding who the section leaders are gonna be anyway. If it's gotten to the point where they're telling us to take tests...then it's just gone too far. People are being stupid about it, it's tearing the entire section apart, and everyone's beginning to hate it. I've finally just had enough of this whole damn thing. I've put up with poor leadership from my section every since DAY ONE, and I had convinced myself that it was gonna get better. Well, it hasn't. If anything, it's gotten A LOT worse. We've put up with their crap for two months, and this incident has just pissed all of us off. Well, the sophomores got together and we all came to the same decision: Enough's enough. We're not gonna take it anymore. We all decided that tomorrow right before class all six of us are going to talk to Mr. Scott about this. This is something we should have done a long time ago. We're all going to tell him about what they've been doing and how they've finally pushed us too far. If this doesn't put a stop to it....then I think he's gonna lose a hell of a lot of flute players.

~I'm outie~

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[17 Oct 2005|09:04pm]

[ mood | sleepy ]

Wow. Only three days left of practice. That's so...weird. It didn't really hit me until today. It still seems like we only just got back from band camp.

Stacy and Joanne decided that we're gonna have that "basic marching repetitiveness to see who will be the best choice for next year's section leaders" test tomorrow after practice....perfect. I hope to God I can pull this off...

~I'm outie~

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[15 Oct 2005|11:23am]

[ mood | accomplished ]

I haven't updated in quite a while 'cause my good computer has been out of commission...I'll give a quick run-through.

Saw the tape of last Saturday's festival...it wasn't nearly as bad as I expected, but it was still..........not Capital. I hope to God we never have a performance like that again.

Only two marching band practices! Tuesday was Jazz Band. WAAAAAY too many saxophones. And considering it's my first year in there I doubt that I'll be playing very much during performances...but oh well. I can live with that. We don't practice again until the 25th, maybe I can get myself up-to-par by then.

The marching band practices were just like any other practices, nothing too out of the ordinary. And Thursday Pirate Bob decided to make us go into sectionals again. I wasn't particularly looking forward to that. But this is the first time I've ever walked away from sectionals and not be completely depressed over something that Stacy said or did. We've gotten SO much better at marching straight lines. I was even among the people that Stacy told to sit out at one point 'cause we were actually guiding right. ^o^ And Stacy and Joanne finally realized that I CAN march 8-to-5 because we were practicing marching from the back sideline to the front hash, I was leading the line, and I actually hit it when I was supposed to. Then Stacy told us that sometime next week she was going to give the entire section a test on basic marching to see who they think would make the best section leaders for next year. Out of the twelve of us, they're only gonna pick two. I'm not holding my breath, 'cause anything can happen, but I'm pretty optimistic.

The game was crazy! Football team did great (CHS vs Parkersburg, 17-16 -- kinda at the last minute but it was so great!!), and the band was so much better. Marching onto the field scared me to death. I'm the right guide marching into the second song, and we had to do exactly what we were practicing in sectionals--marching from the back sideline to the front hash, completely 8-to-5. I know I can do it on our practice field, because that actually has high school hashes...Laidley doesn't. Laidley has college hashes. So me and Jamie were trying to figure out how many steps were to the stupid hashes....I hit the first one perfectly, but I hit the second one like a beat early, but Joanne said it was close enough anyway lol.

So now we have a weekend off, another week of practices (LAST WEEK GUYS!!!! That's so freaky...), going to Princeton on Friday, and then a festival at Ripley on Saturday. Let's make this year go out with a bang!

~I'm outie~

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