October 29. 2016
I wish that I could bottle up this feeling and relive these moments every day. All of our hard work had been rewarded. One week ago, our band did not have the full show put together. We learned the last movement in the week leading up to this area competition, which meant that we did not have time to go back over and refine the other three movements. One week ago, we were not sure if we would get a superior rating at UIL competition. One week ago, we thought that our band was bad enough to break Plano East’s streak of getting superior ratings. Today, we found out that this band will be Plano East’s fifth band to move on to the state competition.
Our prelims round performance went terribly. The sun was roasting us as we performed and my feet felt like they were on fire as I moved across the football field. I was optimistic that we would make finals and hoped that we could get a chance to redeem ourselves. Out of the ten people that make finals, we placed ninth. Our director told us how unlikely that the ranking after finals vary very differently from the prelims rankings. We would have to jump four spots to make fifth place and qualify for state. The chance of making state seemed nearly impossible, so I decided that for our finals performance, I was just going to have fun. I did not even imagine that our band would actually jump four spots and become state bound. At the award ceremony, the drum majors and color guard officers represent the band. When our name was announced for fifth place, my jaw dropped. I could not believe it. I did not care that the whole stadium was looking at us, the Plano East representatives, I could not contain my shock. I am extremely exuberant and I can not wait to compete at state with the Plano East band, a band that I am extremely proud to be a part of.