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  1. Anyone at this contest and may be able to tell me how my alma mater did this morning?
  2. Thanks for the kind words on my alumni program! For some reason they aren’t posting videos of their shows this year compared to usual so all I’ve seen are small clips here and there. Been wanting to see the show but can’t unfortunately. Sucks to be in Nebraska and not be able to just go to the show myself haha.
  3. Don’t feel bad for posting frequently, after all that’s the purpose of the forum! We love hearing everyone’s opinions here and discussing our thoughts and analyzing shows together. A lot of us have become great friends because of this place that even translate away from the forum. So please, feel free to enjoy your time here and don’t feel like you shouldn’t be contributing to the conversation just as much as the rest of us. Some may not be as active as we used to be, but there will always be someone here to talk to. Most of us alumni will circle back here rather frequently even when life gets in the way too so you’ll never know who you end up sparking a conversation with.
  4. I was more referencing the fact that they recently had not one but two major director changes and went through a period (albeit short) where they reshuffled design choices and simplified a bit compared to their normal design choices. I had thought it would take them another year or two for the now promoted head director to build the band and flesh it out a bit more in his vision and have a full class under his direction before they really started to take off again (I had full confidence that he’d do well with the program, just didn’t expect it to start clicking this fast). I was pleasantly surprised with the ramp up in design difficulty for this show. After watching the show I just felt the urge to proclaim that they were back.
  5. I have come here today to proclaim Reagan hath returned!
  6. Our band worked with her for years. Her writing for our 2018 show was awesome, especially the closer and opening impact were just sublime. We went away from her my senior year under new direction and I dearly missed her writing. Was also cool knowing her husband. They are BOTH legends in this activity which is truly awesome. Sounds like their son is well on his way to do the same too.
  7. Mr. Lipman posts all of the time on social media with the DR band so I wouldn’t be surprised.
  8. Knowing the new head director’s history with the competition I knew it was only a matter of time before my Alma Mater started showing up on this list again.
  9. That is a totally new Cedar Park. Wow. As you said in the video, they are really pushing air. Great sign for the program and the drill work is pretty cool too!
  10. I have been wanting to ask about your condition for a while, I just felt like it wasn't my place, so of course I would love to learn about it. Chess is fun, and though I am also not very good at it, I have definitely found myself watching chess matches a few times when going down rabbit holes on YT. When I had my medical scare last month (still working through it) and didn't leave my bed for two weeks I found myself binge watching lawn care videos to fill my time. I am sorry about the lawyer thing by the way, I hope that issue is or can get resolved swiftly. You already have too much on your plate to deal with as it stands. I bet your wife is a champ, you certainly found the right person to be your wife it seems! Arizona is a beautiful state. Much better in the late fall/winter. The heat must be tough on you though texas isn't faring much better right now as it is.
  11. Interesting scores over the last week, and even though you can't really compare scores across shows well I think it is interesting how Blue Stars and Mandarins are really starting to come on strong. I can't wait to see all of these guys go head to hear this season. Finals is going to be so much fun after so long away. I am already electrified by it. Wish I could be there in person this season.
  12. I am super glad that you are still making progress in your recovery, even if slowly. Hope that you soon get to come to a show again. I know that would probably do wonders to your morale. In the meantime as you recover what do you do to keep yourself entertained/sane? You are a treasure of this site. I think about you a lot. Definitely going to keep checking up on you.
  13. Just got done watching the Tourney of Roses standstill performance they did in ponchos...good lord bass trombone. I could hear you in the State Finals performance video and you just sound even more meaty up close.
  14. You know, this is random, however I really love when people make these threads literally as soon as the previous season comes to and end. It warms my heart. Love the enthusiasm. This season is going to be fun to watch, first full competitive season removed from *the event*. A lot of director shakeups at a lot of top programs in the last few years. Interesting how a full season works out for a lot of these schools experiencing a lot of change right now. Go #TeamTexas!
  15. I have an odd feeling that there is a Brass instructor who is going to probably have a lot more time on his hands to work with a certain corps during the summer relatively soon (unless he decides to leave the industry in the entirety which could happen) and if he does I see him starting to become a big time mainstay for the program and soon they'll be competing for Ott's right alongside Harloff and Crown year to year.I think he is cementing himself as one of THE best brass instructors in the country, bar only Harloff. But it depends on if he is losing his love for the activity itself, or his love for teaching where he is during the year. From what I have seen on recent posts with social media and what I know about him personally, I think it is only the latter.I am being intentionally vague because I don't know for a fact if this guy is leaving his program right now, but it is pretty obvious he is very close to it. One of the premier programs in the country, and unfortunately I think they are about to lose their shining star. Has nothing to do with the students or anything he did, thankfully.
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