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  1. Could be. I pulled this straight from https://marching.musicforall.org/result/westhouston22/
  2. They are there: 7:15 p.m. – Class AA: Liberal Arts and Science Academy, TX 7:30 p.m. – Cypress Woods High School, TX 7:45 p.m. – Oak Ridge High School, TX 8:00 p.m. – Lake Travis High School, TX 8:15 p.m. – Seven Lakes High School, TX 8:30 p.m. – Foster High School, TX 8:45 p.m. – Friendswood High School, TX 9:00 p.m. – Pearland High School, TX 9:15 p.m. – Cedar Ridge High School, TX 9:30 p.m. – Cy-Fair High School, TX 9:45 p.m. – Claudia Taylor Johnson High School, TX 10:00 p.m. – Stephen F. Austin High School, TX 10:15 p.m. – Ronald Reagan High School, TX 10:30 p.m. – Class A: Franklin High School, TX
  3. General for prelims. Finals is general seating in the lower deck and reserved seating in the upper deck.
  4. As a basic introduction try this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUagU8YrJZc I've also attached one of the images of my current state from a MRI I had done last month. I annotated it (so not perfect). This is a side view of the aorta through my chest. The dissection continues all the way down the aorta into my left iliac artery.
  5. For entertainment, I started following a few chess youtubers. Odd choice as I'm not a particularly good chess player, but I have found it interesting. I followed the recent candidates tournament pretty closely. Other things included reading and playing some slower paced games on my computer. I've also spent a great deal of time learning as much as I can about my condition since it is not well known and relatively little is out there. Had to do some digging... There are other things going on that take my time and attention, some of which are not good (lets just say that I had to hire a lawyer). I've also had a couple short trips around Arizona, one to the Grand Canyon via the Grand Canyon Railroad, and the other was several days in the Sedona area. Sanity has varied depending upon the day, but I and my family are still holding it together. This has been extremely challenging for my wife, and I want to be sure to sing her praises - she is awesome! I thank you for your kind words. I enjoy engaging on this site and hope to continue to do so. If you ever get bored and want to learn about a condition that happens at a rate 1/100th of heart attacks (so 100 heart attacks for each 1 of these) and kills at around a 60-80% rate let me know. Academically I find it very fascinating to learn as biology was my weakest science area (physical science for me!).
  6. Right now it is all the medical appointments, surgeries, and of course bills that are more of an impediment. Health wise I can and have traveled back to Houston a couple times to meet with experts on my condition. My energy level is still much lower than it was, so I have to be careful so I don't get exhausted, but it is slowly coming back from my cardio workouts. I am still improving, and I hope to be able to attend in person in the future, just don't know when yet.
  7. I am still hanging around. No major changes - things are moving in a positive way generally (little ups and downs of course). I will never fully recover, but I can still have a good quality of life. But it is so hard to keep pushing! Such a mental and physical struggle pretty much every day. Thank you for asking about me. Little things like this help keep me moving forward. It is greatly appreciated! I hope you are doing well with your studies.
  8. Breathing is immensely better. Before it was on the order of trying to breathe through a straw - if you aren't very active it is probably OK, but once you start to do something it is a pretty big struggle. I think being a brass player in my earlier years helped - it really increased my lung capacity even now all these decades later, and strengthened my diaphragm. On the less good side, the surgeon is pretty convinced that scar tissue will grow back, once again impeding the airway. So I may have more surgeries in the future. I am not a fan, but prefer to be able to breathe.
  9. Short update. Still kicking around, which is a good thing. Saw a study recently where if you are roughly the 20% that survive to more than 60 days post surgery (yes, about 80% die of what happened to me) then your lifespan tends to go back to the normal ageing curve. I just had a 2nd throat surgery yesterday that is a complication of my original hospitalization. They used a large (9mm) breathing tube during my open heart surgery to repair my aorta that stayed in for the first ~10 days. It caused damage to my airway and created what are called granulomas (non-cancerous). In my case these have grown abnormally large and partially blocked my airway at my vocal cords (both behind and in front), which both seriously impacted my speech and, more importantly, my breathing. Hopefully yesterday's surgery, where they more aggressively lasered the growths, will be the last. We'll monitor of course. My throat is very sore after the lasers and talking hasn't come fully back yet, so more healing to go.
  10. Copied from Hornrank forums: Finals Schedule 7:45 p.m. – Class A: Murray H.S., KY 8:00 p.m. – Ronald Reagan H.S., TX 8:15 p.m. – Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN 8:30 p.m. – Vista Ridge H.S., TX 8:45 p.m. – William Mason H.S., OH 9:00 p.m. – Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX 9:15 p.m. – Blue Springs H.S., MO 9:30 p.m. – The Woodlands H.S., TX 9:45 p.m. – Broken Arrow H.S., OK 10:00 p.m. – Marcus H.S., TX 10:15 p.m. – Avon H.S., IN 10:30 p.m. – Carmel H.S., IN 10:45 p.m. – Flower Mound H.S., TX 11:00 p.m. – Class AA: Norwin H.S., PA
  11. Also not a Texas band, but props to Murray, KY for being the first class A band to advance on score since 2015. Huge accomplishment for them!
  12. Not entirely.... The top 22 scoring bands will have performance slots 5-26. Bands that scored 23-30 will have performance slots 1-4 and 27-30. Any band that makes semifinals as a class representative, but not on score, will perform prior to (read very early in the morning) slot 1. All class representatives will perform prior to the first band that advanced on score. Does this make sense?
  13. I have to chuckle as the last 2 comments are copy/pasted from Hornrank! Great job! 😁
  14. I fail to grasp this. As a performing band you go out and do the best you can. Doesn't matter who goes before or after you. Relish the challenge of having CTJ going before you or TWHS going after you. Both are great programs with great shows. Nothing to be nervous about at all. Just do your best!
  15. I think part of what drives the variances is that, while they are looking for the same things, they aren't synchronized where they are specifically looking or what they are specifically listening to during the performance (i.e. what aspect of the sheet are they evaluating at a specific moment). Each judge has his/her own method and can therefore come up with very different opinions. UIL judging is very notorious for this. The real key for Area is getting the right bands to State, which they probably do a decent (certainly not perfect!) job of doing even with the variances.
  16. Same sheets for each judge within category. So they are all looking for the same things.
  17. I can't speak to the why, but my memory tells me they drop the 8 minute (I think this is the correct number) performance time limit for finals. I haven't dug through all the rules, and it could have changed of course. There is still a "total time" to get on the field, perform, and get off the field which I believe is 15 minutes.
  18. I suppose it could be taken that way if you wish to do so. I really think he was letting those of us not able to attend know how TWHS did in the prelims run. I know TWHSPercDad, and "flexing" is not his style.
  19. IIRC, state finals has no time limit, so they will be able to perform the whole show (assuming they make it, and I do very much expect them to).
  20. He means that The Woodlands was first place in prelims, but chose to not participate in the state contest, so they did not perform in finals, allowing another band to have the opportunity. Top 5 advance to state - so College Park, Klein Oak, Tomball Memorial, Oak Ridge, and Klein Cain will be representing Area F. Congratulations to all the state qualifiers!
  21. They might be able to - IIRC they can start playing at any time (don't have to wait for the announcement or anything like that). So they could start early and get the full show completed within the allotted time. I'm pretty sure they did this back when I was a band parent for longer shows, but I could be wrong.
  22. Here is The Woodlands show from after the football game on 10/22. Full show this time. https://youtu.be/bx_l2gPnQTE?t=12683
  23. After seeing DB and Wando on Box5 today, my opinion is that they are better than Wando right now, and have a great shot at taking a finals slot. Wando can come back, but they need lots of cleaning in their show.
  24. The HornRank forums have lots of info and many of us grab info from there to share here (and vice versa). Especially for non-Texas programs and contests (but pretty good Texas content too, but with a different tone over there).
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