Hello Irish Guard Family:
Wow! What a wonderful evening. Let me first acknowledge: there MAY have been a "hiccup" or two; a toe stepped on; and even a nose bent out of shape. I get that. HOWEVER, as with life, we choose to look at life through our experiences. So, here is how I will choose to see Saturday:
1. There were probably AT LEAST THREE times as many parents helping as we have had in the past!! Since my first year (2008-09), because it was my first year, I have NEVER seen so many new faces. WAY TO GO. Continue to take these opportunities of being together as opportunities to grow a "community." There are some real needs for our DISTRICT'S music program and those "needs" need a community!! We are building a community - which can be difficult and a joy.
2. Two freshmen parents taking the lead to feed over 140 people!! That is amazing! AND THE AMOUNT OF FOOD LEFT OVER?! Way to go all who helped with feeding your children!
3. A field show that had more "props" than the previous five shows combined!! We need to remember: THIS IS OUR SIXTH YEAR COMPETING IN FIELD SHOWS, while many other bands/guards have many more years of experience. Great job to all the parents who busted "tail" to get that plane built and the sky made. Also, a HUGE thanks to the parents who moved all that equipment.
4. Solid first performance. I received many compliments from other bands' directors - which always feels great! The audience reaction? SUPER! Our parents are realizing how to "play-the-game." The game? CHEER DURING YOUR CHILD'S PERFORMANCE. Get that audience to share your love for your children!!
5. Finally: In TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS OF TEACHING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, I do not remember a time when so many of the students came up to me following the performance to say, "Thank you, Mr. Everts." And the "thank yous" weren't just for receiving the wristbands to get back into the stadium to watch the shows (WHICH THEY NEED TO DO TO BE INSPIRED / LEARN / AND SUPPORT THE OTHER SCHOOLS). No. These "thank yous" were: Thanks for giving us a chance to do this, Mr. Everts. Thanks for your hard work, Mr. Everts. Thanks for being patient with us, Mr. Everts (I know!! That "thank you" nearly knocked me off my feet ...) Very sweet. VERY SPECIAL to receive "thank you" from students while they are currently my students, oppose to, fifteen years later, "Ya know, Mr. Everts? Thank you. I finally understand what you were saying, Mr. Everts." I DO ENJOY THOSE "thank yous." This is a unique group of students this year. I love'em.
BIG THANK YOU TO THE PARENTS WHO ARE WORKING THE FORTY-NINERS FOOTBALL GAME TODAY (October 18th). Most of those volunteers were probably putting in a full day at the band review. AMAZING DEDICATION AND SHOW OF LOVE!! Thank you!!
So, where to next? October 24: FOOTHILL!! There will be more details about that day. For now: 12pm at the school; 4:15pmISH dinner; start the 5:00pm shuttle to Foothill; 6:45pm is their competition time. FOOTHILL SHOW STARTS AT 2PM so it will be a ZOO of parking. You will need to make sure your child has a ride to and from Foothill. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Thanks.
We do PLAN to perform entire field show at the end of the game on Friday night (October 23). Performance during half-time would take the entire half-time and I want to be considerate to the cheerleaders. October 30th is Senior Night - there are 22 seniors (WHICH IS AMAZING - FOUR YEARS OF DEDICATION FOR THE BAND/GUARD!!!!). Please make sure you are there for that special evening.
One final HUGE thank you to all of us for giving our children MEMORIES! I envy all of you for this time in your life. Yes! There are very stressful moments during the "teen-years." But, my gosh, moments like Saturdaynight?? How special for your children / my students. This is only the beginning.
SPEAKING OF MEMORIES: HOPE TO SEE ALL OF YOU AT THE 7PM CONCERT MONDAY NIGHT,OCTOBER 19TH featuring our super string orchestra and jazz band. For the students, I would love to see more than 47 people in the audience!!
Paul D. Everts
Dublin High School Instrumental Music Director