11th Annual Tournament in the Hills (WBA) - 11/15/03

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Rain rain go away

Post by jacjar1 » Mon Nov 17, 2003 7:49 am

Wildbill wrote:Did the rain and field condition have any impact on the final scores of bands who played in the rain or after the field was soaked? I was sick and unable to attend but I understand that some bands had problems with people slipping and falling due to the field condition. Anyone have an opinion or comments from their observations last night?
I dont think so. Etiwanda had to march on wet tarps and they didnt miss a beat. Upland had a (since every one is so picky about my description of the rain) :roll: :? :wink: ill call it a heavier rain than most and seemed to have done well. Mission had a mixture of the wet stuff and they did well Ayala had a more of a steady rain and did well. But it was pretty darn cold as well that made it seem worse.

I think the guard for all groups was most affected. I saw a few slip and slides but I did not personally see any one wipe out.

Thank God (not trying to be dramatic) that could be dangerous. Trabuco did a good job at prepping the bands and pit crews to keep the field in as good as shape as possible. It was nice to see all the people that hung around until the end. The rain at RCC last year and field conditons were far worse than this past weekend. 8-)
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Re: 4A Weather Report!

Post by sabrebatgirl » Mon Nov 17, 2003 9:05 am

Iliketowatch wrote:Actully, this is what I was referring to:
It was cold and wet. Upland went on during a huge downpour.
Sorry for the misunderstanding.

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Re: 4A Weather Report!

Post by jacjar1 » Mon Nov 17, 2003 1:38 pm

sabrebatgirl wrote:
Iliketowatch wrote:Actully, this is what I was referring to:
It was cold and wet. Upland went on during a huge downpour.
Sorry for the misunderstanding.
No problem whats important is that everyone still managed to perform as best as they could and it was a good show. Cant wait until Saturday. I think a few of the AAA bands gonna make some heads turn! :shock:
(especially some of the AAAA bands)
I have heard nothing but good things about them!
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Alan....where are the reviews?

Post by Been Around Awhile » Tue Nov 18, 2003 12:48 pm

Anxiously awaiting Alan Irons' reviews......

Alan.....Alan?
What are those football players doing on the band field?

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Re: Alan....where are the reviews?

Post by airons0678 » Tue Nov 18, 2003 3:41 pm

Been Around Awhile wrote:Anxiously awaiting Alan Irons' reviews......

Alan.....Alan?
I'm still here. The review should be up some time this evening. I am shooting for 9:00 p.m. or 10:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. So...hang in there. :)

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Post by rbv_trumpet05 » Tue Nov 18, 2003 6:07 pm

SoCalBandFan wrote:
GL Falker wrote:I'm personally rootin on Etiwanda. Who says an SCSBOA band can't compete with the WBA heavyweights? Good luck to everyone on Saturday.
who said that?? at the etiwanda tourney, upland (WBA) faced rbv (SCSBOA), so maybe it could be some WBA bands against SCSBOA heavyweights?? hmm...maybe a combined tourney should be in store..
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Review UPDATE

Post by airons0678 » Tue Nov 18, 2003 9:09 pm

It is approximately 9:00 p.m. on the west coast. My review is coming along very well. I am not finished yet. I have eight bands left to write about, plus a summary of the show. I will not go to bed tonight until this is finished. I hope to finish it between 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. at this point. Until then, here is a "preview" to keep you busy:

Torrance High School
Torrance, CA
Program: "A Day in the Life of a Marching Band"
Comments: Ha ha! I love it. When the announcer asks if the band is ready, one of the wind players cries, "Wait! Wait!" After this he fixes the posture of another member. Too cool. I am glad I had a newspaper with me in my bag, because it started to rain! The first movement from this unit was great. They stand still with legs spread, and blend, blend, blend that sound. The band gets "re-energized" after a water break from a couple of coolers up front. This band is showing some superb presence, despite the fact the weather was taking a turn for the worst. Yes...they nailed that triangle form, and the music that went along with it. Alright. I am writing on water right now. I must stop. Outstanding performance.

Pacifica High School
Garden Grove, CA
Program: "Pandora's Box"
Comments: Four auxiliary members are holding white feathered boas on four corners of a box. The maneuvering of the tight box of members that slowly disentigrates convinced me. The first few phrases from this group did not convince me enough, though. Perhaps the balance was awry. Way to back up the brass, synth! The sound just rails the stands. Trumpets...maybe hold back just a tad bit, somehow. I like how you cut through to us with your song, though. The auxiliary member popping out of the box seemed slightly off balance, but perhaps I perceived this wrong. Oh yeah, percussion! Talk about total control in regards to drumming. Ooh, the trumpets sound like they are struggling a bit near the end. I like the criss-cross drill that has one set of winds jazz running, while another set march common, and then one set of winds twist around and lock...lock to form a block. This is a great show, with lots of twists, but no matter what they do they have to tighten the screws on that sound.

Clovis East High School
Fresno, CA
Program: "The Four Elements - Fire, Earth, Wind and Water"
Comments: I like how the auxiliary are situated within the cavities of the band, and then come alive with the sounds of the low brass. The seemingly everlasting rotations on the right side of the field with the brass looks fine. The tuba solo is great, but the brass response is somewhat off. This band knows how to party hard in terms of music. Great freeze of the body, color guard, at the end of that. The melodies this group brings forth are clean...and easy to listen to. The drumline slaps their drums in unison to start "their" show. (Great ducking move by the band during that.) Rifle toss by the guard when the wind players are in swooping arc forms needs to be there. (There was a drop.) Excellent way to end the show, with two tight blocks and the curved forms behind. The end was not as momentous as it could have been. I almost thought they would play another tune, but the drum major turned around and gave a salute, so that is that.

(MORE TO COME!)

Alan Irons
Fountain Valley High School Marching Band 1993-1996
Pacific Crest of Diamond Bar 1997
Nashua Spartans 1998-1999
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Thanks Alan

Post by thom » Wed Nov 19, 2003 1:39 pm

Alan,
Again thanks for the review.
It's always nice to hear that the people in the audience like the show.

Thom Willett
Horns - Torrance Marching Alliance

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