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Subject:A part of me has been erased.
Time:10:57 pm
Current Mood:crushedcrushed
Trav went down to Galax today to meet with the boys and go over music for the wedding. I wish I could have gone, since I don't see them all at once very often. Well, ever, really. The last time was at Sammy and Lisa's wedding almost 3 years ago.

Anyway, we're having Andrew, Sammy, Brandon, and Rick Galyean (our high school band director, now director of bands at UVA-Wise) play as a brass choir for the wedding. All very close friends of ours, so I love it.

So after they got the musical stuff worked out they were just sitting around talking, and the subject of band came up (haha, no shit). Now, I knew that since Rick left Galax (right after Andrew, Brandon and I graduated) the band had gone to shit. I just didn't realize how far.

The GHS band is now TWENTY (20) people. 3 trumpets, 1 saxophone...probably no euphoniums. At a recent marching band competition, one of the judges (goes to Radford, the best percussionist of all time. period. I'm not kidding.) said that Galax's performance was one of the worst, most embarassing shows he had ever seen in his life.

Now, bear in mind the fact that when I graduated, the Pride of Galax Maroon Tide Marching Band (wow, lots of words) was the largest marching band from a single A school in VA. Yes, that's right, the largest. Galax High School had maybe 375 students in grades 8-12. Our band had over 100 members.

We were a huge band, and we were good. Really good. Like superior at state competition good. Our show was amazing, the band was (mostly) dedicated, and we blew everyone away. I was PROUD of my band. I LOVED my band.

I was band co-president.

I was given the John Phillip Souza award for concert band.

Travis and my big brother Dave both got the Louis Armstrong award for jazz performance.

In the 10 years that Dave and I were in marching band, we were both leaders musically and on the field. The same goes for Trav, Andrew, Brandon, Sammy...the band room was full of trophies and awards that the band won over that period.

Do you know where those trophies are? Do you know what happened to the plaques honoring our music are?

Trashed. They are GONE.

Apparently, getting a "fresh start" for the band involved completely eradicating any trace of the band's history and accomplishments. I'd say that as far as fresh starts go, this one was a total failure.


You know, before today I was just disappointed that the band had fallen so far in the last 4 years. But now I'm just angry and resentful. I just DO NOT understand how anyone could trash everything we'd done. Band was one of the most important things in my life during high school. Jazz, concert, marching...I loved it. I made all-district every year I tried out (6 years straight) and auditioned for all-state twice. My senior year the jazz band won the Best Brass award at a competition in Toronto.

But you know what? Who cares! That was the past, this is NOW! We're moving on to a better tomorrow!

This year the last band members who had played under Galyean graduated. And without any evidence that Galax used to be a powerhouse, it's like all that work never happened.


So right now I'm just pissed as all hell. I'll be ok, I just need to get used to the fact that MY band is gone. *sigh*

How could they throw us out?

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rinabeana
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Time:2005-06-20 02:14 pm (UTC)
This is totally ridiculous! Jennifer and I couldn't believe it when David came upstairs to tell us yesterday. I'm really sorry that the current director/administration are that callous.
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Subject:I'm In The Band Now
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Time:2006-07-23 06:18 am (UTC)
We recently had a new band director by the name of Danny Lloyd come and take over. Over the past 5 years I've been in band, (including middle school), we've had three band directors. Two, were completely horrible, and had no idea what the hell they were doing. Our current band director, Danny Lloyd, is finally bringing back what marching band stands for. We recently have 50 people, and growing. Finally, after two years of humiliating failure, the band is finally proving that we're worth something. During band camp, (Which was this previous week), we plotted all the drill for the opener, (36 pages), the guard, which I proudly state I am in, hehe, has memorized the first song routine, and the band is marching the music. This year is by far the greatest of the three years I've been in band, and we look forward to an awesome season. We're restoring the pride, and bringing home more trophies now than any other team in the school! And if you get the chance, you should definitely look us up this year, because at the end of this year, we're going out with a bang!
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