Comments: Bigger than Ourselves

I wasn't expecting goodebumps and tears at 6:30 this a.m. so thank you for that. Mr. Slayton was a genius and thanks to him(well, maybe not his yelling "hey Bailey, you've got a monkey on your back") and all the friends we had, band was absolutely the best part of hs. I remember the night we won, where my placement was on the field (at the end of our performance) and the certainty in my heart that "surely we've just won. You can feel the electricity of "us"". Thanks for finding this. I am excited for your Number 1 son and his future with band. It's going to be magic.

Posted by pfb at September 11, 2009 05:53 AM

I do beg to differ, I would have to say my high school marching bands was the kickassest marching ever!!!!

5 Grand National titles since the 80's and placed in the top 10 in Grand Nationals every year since the 80's and State champs every year but one since te 80's.

They have also been invited to perform at a couple college bowl games.

They rock like no other!

Posted by Quality Weenie at September 11, 2009 08:38 AM

That brought back a flood of good memories. I was in Marching band all four years. We had 180 in the band in a high school of 500. Good times.

Posted by Jerry in Indiana at September 11, 2009 09:47 AM

Band changes everything, man.

Posted by Toluca Nole at September 11, 2009 03:13 PM

And at the same time as this, I was at the high school across town...with the smallest band in town. The band director's name was Kibbler...they called themselves 'Kibbles and Bits'. They so dreamed of being in Tate's band.

Posted by Mrs. Who at September 11, 2009 07:44 PM

As a fmr band parent, I recognize the quality of your sound (even with the crackles and hiss for the album transcription).

Love that drum line ... such clarity.

My eldest daughter was a flautist too. I do not miss chasing all over the state going to band competitions.

Posted by The Thomas at September 12, 2009 12:45 AM

Let me just say ... Farookin' WOW! I have never heard a high school band play that well. Is it a rural thing? I know that my high school band (I wasn't in it; I was playing in a rock band) really stunk. Hell, that was better than the Rutgers band, at least when I went there.

And yes, the drumline was fantastic.


Posted by Jim - PRS at September 12, 2009 08:36 PM