Mid-state…for people who are going for the first time, it should be clearly explained what they need to have with them and what they need to have prepared…for everyone in general it needs to be a better system. Why isn’t “Mid-State” in the middle of the state—MTSU??? Why aren’t kids registered automatically and assigned times to audition? I don’t know, but there are things that could and should be changed. That said…Parker didn’t stand a chance of making his auditions, which is crummy when you practice and prepare, only to find out that you were told to prepare for the wrong things. He wasn’t the only one…we heard from others similar stories. Students rely on their teachers and instructors. Communication is everything. I would take some blame here, but I know nothing about how to get info on what they should have. Four kids shared a snare because no one knew to bring their snare with them. (All bow to Kelsey Wells for sharing her snare)! The MTSBOA people should have it all in black and white for the kids so they don’t have to rely on the adults to know everything. I’m ticked for many kids, not just my own. Can you tell? Everyone should start on the same playing field. I guess life isn’t on the same playing field, either, so I should just get over it. But I’m an advocate for other people all the time,(esp. kids) it’s just what I do and who I am. I believe in things being right.
OK, so Chip was really pleased with his audition. He slipped on a note on his prepared piece, which is probably what cost him, but he soared on his scales and sight reading–made it through two sight reading pieces, which was the first time he’s done that. Second Band, 13th chair. Way to go, Chip. You made it. That’s what you wanted. It’s not 1st Band, 1st chair, but you made it. You are an outstanding trumpeter, and I should know since I get to listen to you more than anyone else. I know you don’t think it’s an improvement over last year, but it is…I assure you, it is.
So, after the lovely nerve-wracking morning, we headed to Adairville, KY.
Geoff and I battled all day with our cameras…….. Chip and Parker with cousin Matt (Parker will be taller than both)!
Chip and Parker are so good with Easton and Baylor…They are the best boys!
Sarah, telling me what the animals say…she is precious!
My personal Favorite…
I love that man!
Of course, I did a Photo Show of the day, which most of you will have no interest in viewing.
It’s on my Photo Show page, though, for my family to see, so please enjoy!
Joy is the will which labors, which overcomes obstacles, which knows triumph.~ William Butler Yeats
Whether you think you can or think you can’t you’re right. - Henry Ford
The best way out is always through. ~ Robert Frost
Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. ~ Theodore N. Vail
Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall. ~ Oliver Goldsmith
You must be the change you want to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi