After the marching season ends, I am planning on posting about the different competitive organizations like MCBA, BOA, DCI, MCGC, etc. Also, I will be posting about the winter guard's season on occasion. Make sure to check in every once in a while for updates.
Hello readers! This morning as we were gathering our items in preparation for our bus caravan to Indianapolis it dawned on me that this blog would be left behind. During band camp, part of the reason that the blog was not updated until late at night was because I had to use our laptop and there wasn't a chance to do much of anything with it until then. Weebly has a phone app but my phone is several years old and a couple OS updates behind. In short, it cannot handle the app. Due to our intense schedule during Nationals, carrying a laptop around is not practical and there wouldn't be a whole lot of time to use it anyway. So, despite my intentions to post short updates throughout the day, I cannot as I am limited by my technology. I am terribly sorry!
After the marching season ends, I am planning on posting about the different competitive organizations like MCBA, BOA, DCI, MCGC, etc. Also, I will be posting about the winter guard's season on occasion. Make sure to check in every once in a while for updates.
We are off to a great start this season! It is exciting to see our show develop into an ever improving presentation. This is also the time we begin to see our students wear out. As the weeknights are spent at rehearsals and weekends become unavailable for anything but competitions, the enthusiasm begins to wane. Sleep refreshes them less as exhaustion and sickness attempts to grab for control. We encourage and try to help where we can, but competitive marching for Jenison is a commitment that many underestimate. It’s exhausting. It’s time consuming. It tests our student’s physical, mental, and emotional limits.
But it also tests ours – as parents. Parents new to marching band often underestimate the role they are anticipated to play. There are a lot of parents who expect marching band to have the biggest impact on their student and don’t understand the need for their participation in voluntary areas. When people are willing to support our band program as a volunteer, it has an amazing outcome. Every volunteer improves the quality of the band program. We are all receiving weekly emails that are informing us of areas of need. Below are descriptions of the areas of need…
These positions are to help get the props ready for either rehearsal or a performance and to also take them back apart for storage. This is a great show of support for the band. There are three different dates with openings.
Link for 10/9 Rehearsal: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c49aeaa23a02-prop3
Link for 10/12 Football Game: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c49aeaa23a02-prop4
Link for 10/13 Invitational: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c49aeaa23a02-prop5
Jenison Football Games (Consessions)
The football game concession positions are very important to fill and as the temperature drops, these positions will keep you nice and warm. Our next home game is this Friday against the GR Union Red Hawks. They are currently 0-7. We need 9 people to fill these positions.
Grandville Invitational (Feed the Band)
Also this coming weekend is the Grandville Invitational. This is an awesome one to attend since it’s so close to home. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. Performances begin at 2:00 with the National Anthem. Class D/C awards will be presented at 5:00. Classes B/A/AA will begin performances at 6:15. You will want to be seated by then to ensure you get good seats. Jenison will perform at 8:00. Awards will be at 9:30. This day has some volunteer needs for Feed the Band. It will be a spaghetti dinner. There are a few food items that are still needed. At the time of this writing, these items include garlic bread, bag of salad, apples, cookies, plastic cups, and water.
We are proud that this is one of the biggest and most liked invitationals in our state. It is only possible when we all come together to make it this way. It’s also important to understand that the majority of our budget comes from this one day. It reduces the cost of our fee by several hundred dollars. Talk about a good use of your time! I could talk and talk about the benefits to both our program and therefore our students, but I think you all already understand this. I can also talk just as long on the benefits to our volunteering parents. After having served on the Invitational Committee, we have a unique view of these benefits. Planning for and then holding this invitational is a ton of hard work for the committee. They really need and depend on our volunteers to make the plan transform into the magic that is our invitational. An illustration of this would be to watch any of the 44 bands that will perform on our field. After all of the planning by their directors and staff, if one band member doesn’t move to the right location at the right speed, a collision is sure to happen. This can be costly for the band. A similar thread of cooperation is needed to run an invitational of our quality. There are a lot of unfilled positions still. We are counting on your help to make it work.
Feed the Judges
One of the most pressing is for Feed the Judges. There are a few items still needed. As of this writing, they included meat/cheese platter, crock-pot of beef-BBQ, veggie tray with dip, a 9x13 dessert, crock-pot of chicken noodle soup, and a Caesar salad.
We still need a person to help with parking. This is very important because parking becomes extremely limited during the day. It is the calm direction of our volunteers that make it go much more smoothly for our guests.
There are openings for concessions throughout the afternoon and evening. These are critical because the larger bands are here during these times. Being able to quickly serve our menu items will increase the amount of money we bring in.
Equipment parking is a little different than spectator/bus parking. There are still a few openings here. This location is usually between the JCA and the high school.
Thank you for reading this far! Overall, we are doing pretty well for filling these slots, but I think it would be super exciting if we could fill them all! I encourage you to encourage one another to fill a need and help make this invitational the special thing that it is!
Almost everybody likes cookies. In fact, an estimated 7 billion chocolate chip cookies are consumed per year. That’s 7,000,000,000 of only one type of cookie. Half of those were made at home and the other half were purchased ready-to-eat.
Supposedly, we eat 35,000 cookies in our lifetime. This number includes all types of cookies. If we live to the average life expectancy of an American, we would consume 1.2 cookies every single day.
That’s a lot of cookies. So, would you be surprised if you learned there were not one but two specialty cookie stores in Bowling Green? That’s right! The Cookie Jar and Insomnia Cookies are both located downtown, which is about 1.5 miles from the stadium. Their website links are:
THE COOKIE JAR
This small local store has a lot of school spirit. It just turned 12 years old. It’s located in an old storefront with lots of creaks and character. Inside, it has one of the most unique collections of cookie jars for sale I’ve ever seen. The cookies are delicious and best when fresh and warm. In addition to their usual menu selection, they have specialty cookie that changes every day. The Cookie Jar will also deliver cookies to campus and around town.
Literally one block away from their rival is Insomnia Cookies. This store is part of a nationwide chain, so they have chosen to present a more modern looking store front. They, too, have a changing menu item in addition to their usual selection. Deliveries to students and locals are also an option with them. The cool thing about this chain is that they tend to build near college campuses, so if your student attends another university, there may be a chance Insomnia is nearly. You can call in an order and have it delivered to your student as late as 3 am.
So, when you are at the BOA Regional in Bowling Green, look one of these up, and head on over with some friends. Split the cost of a box of cookies and you won’t be sorry. Is one better than the other? Well, I will leave the taste testing to you. Just leave a comment on this blog so we can all hear what you think. Just be aware that these cookies are not priced like a local bake sale. It feels pricey when it’s so easy to make them at home, but it’s a fun experience. It’s okay to treat yourself once in a while, right?
This Regional is the fifth one of the Bands of America (BOA) season already. There are sixteen more to be held after Bowling Green. They occur all over the country but Jenison only attends one of these each year. In the not too distant past, they were held at the Pontiac Silverdome. They were moved to Toledo in 2013 and every couple of years it drifts slightly south to Bowling Green.
The city of Bowling Green has decided to do some work on the I-75 bridge. The exit ramp from I-75 to Bowling Green should be unaffected. The on-ramp to I-75 North is a right-hand circle ramp and was still open a couple of weeks ago. I would expect the only delays would be in leaving town as the bridge will only have one lane each direction. This is nothing to panic about but you should expect to see the orange barrels.
Parking is a premium on any college campus. The parking lot used for the basketball arena (Stroh Center) has been reserved for event parking. It is a short walk to the stadium. To get to this parking lot, review the map in the Music For All website.
This map will direct you around the building to a back entrance. The entrance from the main road (Wooster) will be blocked off. Parking here will cost $10 per space. If you leave the lot to find something to eat you may have to repay the $10. There may be alternate parking at the Ice Arena without having to pay. This lot is not heavily used except during Saturday events. It is shown on the map as well. You can find it in the upper left quadrant. If everything is full, you should be able to park in student, commuter, and staff lots. In the past, the university has allowed this on the weekend for visiting parents and families.
Ticket prices are $18 for Prelim’s and another $18 for Finals if these are purchased separately. If you want to attend both and save a few bucks, purchase the all-day pass for $27. Historically, Jenison makes it into finals, however, this cannot ever be guaranteed.
Within the gates of the stadium there are tables of items being sold. They range from t-shirts and sweatshirts to buttons and patches. There are usually some other misc items as well. BGSU will have table there with some of their band members in case you have any questions about the school.
BETWEEN PRELIM'S & FINALS
After Prelim’s conclude and the bands are announced for Finals, you will be required to leave the stadium. You will also have to take your belongings with you as seats cannot be saved for Finals. You do not have to move your car out of the parking lot – as far as I know. This is not usually required. Plan on returning in time for the first performance because it will take some time before we are informed when Jenison will be on the field.
FOOD NEAR STADIUM
When you are hungry, there are lots of places to eat across the street from the stadium. Directly across from the Stroh Center parking lot is:
Buffalo Wild Wings
To their left (closer to I-75) is:
Further left, beyond Speedway, is:
To the right of Waffle House is:
FOOD NEAR DOWNTOWN
Much further down that direction is the edge of campus and the beginning of the downtown district. It is still within walking distance, but is still about a mile away. In this area, there is:
Pizza Pub 516
The Stone’s Throw
FOOD IN DOWNTOWN
Downtown is at the crossroads of Wooster and Main Street. In the map below, the downtown area is where the directions to Walmart turn south onto Main Street. Local restaurants that can be found here:
Call of the Canyon Café
Easy Street Café
Two Foxes Gastropub
FOOD NEAR WALMART
If you turn left on Main, you are heading south toward Walmart. You would need to drive here as it’s about 3 miles away. The map below shows the easiest way. Restaurant’s near this store are:
Pagliai’s Pizza buffet
SHOPPING & FOOD IN PERRYSBURG
If you would like to shop, in addition to Wal-Mart, there is a Meijer near campus. It’s just on the other side of I-75 (upper right corner of map). The nearest mall is in Toledo. To shop in Perrysburg, follow I-75 north from Bowling Green. Continue north past the I-475 exit and the road will curve to the right. Take the first exit past this, US-20/23. Shopping and restaurants are to the right. There is:
and all the other usual fast food places
One more thing! If you eat out at one of the local restaurants, leave us a comment on the blog and let us know what you thought of it.
If you missed the August blog entry on this competition, use the archive link on the right side of your screen to find it. If you have any additional questions, the following link will take you to the website for the Regional.
As we prepare for our first competition this weekend, there are some pretty basic and commonsense rules for spectators. Unfortunately, over the last few years, we have noticed a substantial drop in proper audience etiquette. We’ve seen it everywhere, including theater productions, choir concerts, orchestra and band concerts, and even sports competitions. This is increasingly frustrating to me. A couple of years at a college football game, my family witnessed a fistfight because of this lack of etiquette, which is really a lack of respect for others. An audience is a very important part of marching band. Although each spectator may be there for different reasons, in the end, they are there to watch at least one performance. Everyone deserves the chance to be able to see that one performance without being surrounded by distraction and drama. So, to that end, here are some tips for us all to remember:
It’s really that simple. But these categories can be broken down a whole lot more. The following lists will do this, and the entries are not in any particular order. The first list is a list of things to do and the second list is what not to do.
So, what caused that fistfight at a college game? A sports enthusiast who didn’t give a hoot for the band stood and was stretching during half-time. No big deal on its own, but the guy behind him was only there to see his student perform in the halftime show as part of the marching band. If you respect other people, even a little, this seems like a pretty easy thing to resolve. In the end, neither was allowed to finish halftime as they were both forced to leave the stadium. I wouldn’t want to be the guy having to tell his kid what happened.
Pictures of our kids in costume near some props are bound to get posted to the many social media outlets available to us. We’re proud of our kids and excited for this year’s show. Progress feels solid and our excitement builds with it. Now comes the bad part…please do not, under any circumstances, post audio or video to any website during the season. This may make you bristle but there are very good reasons.
First, there’s the obligatory legal reason of copyright infringement.
Second, and dearer to all of our hearts, is the competitive edge that can be lost. Most bands don’t get the chance to see each other perform much, so they don’t know how hard to work or if drill should be changed. Keeping it this way is helpful for our hardworking students.
Third, there may be some judges out there who might preview shows if they can be found online. This can seriously impact their scoring of us due to preconceived ideas. I don’t think this probably happens, but why take the risk?
This “rule” of keeping video from leaking to the general public is very important to our Directors. They are counting on us to keep it this way. Thank you!
Our first local invitational is almost here! If this is your first year involved in band, then you probably have a lot of questions. It’s good to understand that any MCBA competition (invitational) occurs on a Saturday. Competitions are a lot of fun and very well attended. The schedule below will be generally true for all of them but the times will change depending on when Jenison performs.
Its business as usual with Saturday practice beginning at 9:00 am.
Lunch break is typically the same as other practice Saturdays, around 12 noon. Lunch is not provided to the students for local competition days so they will need to pack one or have one dropped off to them. Students with vehicles can leave campus to get their lunch.
Depending on when they are scheduled to perform combined with the distance to the location and the weather conditions, rehearsal may continue for a bit of time following lunch. However, some of the afternoon will be spent packing up the equipment, loading the trailers, changing into their uniforms, and getting ready to board the buses. For local competitions, school buses are regularly used. The more comfortable coach buses are saved for BOA competitions and State Finals.
The entire band will be fed the evening meal through the Feed the Band committee. Sign-Up Genius has lists of what food items are needed for each meal provided. Please consider helping fill these needs.
Once the buses arrive at the competition, they will be given instructions on what to do regarding equipment, instruments, etc. They will warm up, perform, and then go to their assigned area for awards. After the ceremony is finished, they will head back to their buses and return to Jenison high school. There is no opportunity for interaction between you and your student.
FOR THE SPECTATORS…
WHEN TO ARRIVE
If you are going to watch the competition, be sure to arrive a minimum of a half hour before Jenison performs so there is time to find parking, walk to the stadium, and find a seat. Jenison is usually one of the last two or three bands to perform before the awards ceremony, but you are going to want to watch more than this. Stadium seating fills up pretty fast. If you have cushioned seats to sit on, they have been allowed into these events in the past, so I would assume this will continue.
Ticket pricing will likely be $8-$10 per person. Programs will cost an additional $1-$3.
During a competition, there are only certain times that you can go find a seat. Once a marching band is on the field, you may only have a couple of minutes to sneak in to find a seat. The entry to the seating area will be roped off to prevent unwanted distractions for the band on the field. If you do not allow enough time to get in there and find a seat, please do not take your frustration out on the volunteer parent blocking the entry. It is not their fault. After the band has concluded their performance and begin to clear the field, the ropes will open once again. There will probably be a line to get in and this line will run into a bunch of people trying to clear out of the stands to use the bathroom or get some concessions. Remember to be courteous as you are representing Jenison and our marching band. Other band parents notice when a school representative is not behaving complimentary. When you see the bleachers you will notice pockets of Jenison parents here and there because it’s nearly impossible to all sit together. If the stands look pretty full, then you may have to sit closer to the field and the fifty yard line. This is usually the least populated area since visibility is at its lowest. But, there is no rule that says you can’t move seats between band performances.
The awards ceremony is what we live for. Well, the scores are anyway. Each band will send representatives to the field while the remainder of the band stays in their designated area. These reps will accept any awards on behalf of the school they represent. The scores are always presented from the lowest to the highest per flight with caption awards spaced intermittently. You will notice a few interesting things if you haven’t been to a competition before. Each school has a routine salute that is performed. This is done before each performance begins and also each time a band receives an award. Examples can be seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2uCVL82Geo. Please control your reactions because you never know if their parents are sitting nearby. In contrast, Jenison performs the traditionally respected salute. Another thing to know is that Jenison band members will not break into applause, cheering for themselves when they receive an award. Do not be fooled, as they are very excited, but out of respect for their competitors they will not celebrate in front of them. Parents, however, can cheer all they want.
As you can imagine, getting out of any high school football stadium parking is a nightmare. There are lots of people and some of them have run out of patience. Be watchful while crossing any paved area. Pay attention to the parking lot attendants. They are there (hopefully) to help the pedestrian and vehicle traffic flow. They will stop all spectators to allow school buses unhindered access to the exit. Don’t panic. If the band makes it back before you do, they still have to do some things before they can leave. So, it’s not a big deal. You will be able to pick them up at the pool entrance.
Well, enjoy these competitions. Enjoy the variety of music and themes. Make sure to tell a volunteer parent thank you. They work hard to make it more enjoyable for us.
If you would like to nose around the MCBA website, go to:
For a very detailed explanation of the rules, scoring, and such, review the MCBA by-laws at:
The first home football game is upon us. If this is your first game with a band member, there are some things you need to understand. First, this performance is taken as seriously as any competitive performance. You can see it in the kid’s faces and you can see it in the faces of the parents in the stands. There are real people sitting in the stands so the performance has a very different feel than during rehearsal. Some people are watching, some are ignoring them and talking loudly, and some are walking around. It’s a tough crowd but the band knows where to look. Most band parents sit in the upper deck in front of the press box. It provides a good view of the field, which means you can see the band formations pretty good, too. It is also right next to where the band will sit during the rest of the game. So, let’s go over the general routine of game day.
After school, there will be rehearsal. They will warm up with their instruments, get some instruction and practice a bit. Each game, they play the National Anthem and the Jenison Fight Song.
After the National Anthem is played, they will file into the furthest section of the upper deck. Their bleachers are usually covered with a green pad to designate them as reserved. They will be required to remain in this section to be available to play the fight song when called upon. Parent interactions should be restricted to taking pictures from your own seats. Late in the second quarter, the band will file back down the stairs and begin warm-ups near the fence that separates the track from the residences nearby.
As soon as the football team has cleared the field, the band is mobilized. They are timed as if it was a competition: prop setup, performance, clearing the field. They will be introduced and the performance will commence. They perform the same show each game because this band is focused on competition instead of creating a new halftime show for each week. What makes it exciting for the parents, is that we get to see what changes each week, what gets added, and witness how their skill levels increase. It’s never truly the same show each week.
After they finish and the parents wildly cheer like the crazy people we are, the band will take care of the props, some of the instruments, the flags and costumes, and finally retake their seats in the stands. However, the third quarter is a little different than the others. This is the quarter where they have some freedom and can greet their families, friends and the concession stand. Most of the band members have worked up an appetite and are more than happy to greet their families if it means they can get some cash for the concession stand. FYI: They don’t accept credit or debit. It’s cash only. Be advised that the third quarter goes pretty quick and your teen will not stick around long to chat.
END OF GAME
Just like at half time, the band will file back onto the track late in the fourth quarter. They will line up in formation and await the time to run out. After the game ends and the sidelines are mostly cleared, the Drum Majors will lead the band down the sideline and to the school. If you happen to be walking down the ramp to leave when they begin marching through, the band has the right-a-way and will probably march right over you. They will continue to march until they get to an area of grass by the “band’s back door entrance”. They will gather around the directors and listen to their feedback and instruction. Parents may gather nearby this group, but please do not interact with any students and try and keep noise to a minimum as it is very hard to hear the directors talk. Following their comments, the band will play Lobe Den Herrin before being dismissed. Again, as parents, it is important to stay out of the way as they hurriedly make their way back into the band room. At this point, it’s a waiting game. Sometimes they play back a recording of the half-time show, but not everyone stays to watch it. Your student may leave the school anywhere from a few minutes to nearly fifteen. The upside is that the parking lot is pretty empty by the time you get to leave.
I hope this information certainly helps you understand what to expect during game days. This is not a rigid schedule but you will find it holds pretty close to it. All I can say is, come to the stadium early to get good parking and good seats; come with cash, be prepared to leave after the crowds. This is a great time to talk to other band parents and get to know people.
Also, when at the game, please make an effort to speak only positive and uplifting words about the band members, cheerleaders, and football players. I know there is a great discussion about which activity is more difficult, but on game day, we are all on the same side. All of these students work hard to do their best. Let's not just talk the talk but do the walk.
There was an exhausted yet excited feel to the air this morning. The end was near! The community performance was in 12 hours. There was a lot to do to get ready. Since the morning dew had been pretty heavy on the grass the last several mornings, warm-ups were started indoors. Following the indoor warm-up called the Clap-Clap (if you attended the community performance you know what this is) the band walked to the field for their daily run around the track. During this time the chaperones were busy unloading the instruments off the trailers and while the students were running, we thought we’d have a little fun. The band was finished with the mine carts and they were about to be loaded onto the trailer. Before we did this, we linked them all together, hooked the train up to a Gator, climbed in one to a cart, and took a tour around the track. The band was still running at this point, so our intent was to encourage them, but it seemed to be more distracting. We probably should have seen that coming. One thing we know for sure is those mining carts are fantastically built. They are looking really good, too. For those of you who have been working on these: Thank you! These carts are so awesome that we cannot wait to see the finished product being used on the field.
Morning rehearsal went smooth. As did lunch. As did the afternoon rehearsal. So, now it was time to pack up the trailers to return to Jenison. This is a big undertaking. There is a certain order and method to packing up the instruments. Those of you who have done this for competitions understand. Some of these items are heavy and have to be lifted pretty high to be stored properly. Immediately following this was checking the band’s rooms and loading their luggage and fans into other trailers. This is a busy time that feels pretty crazy. Each chaperone has about 16 rooms to inspect, including their own. When this is done, the band can load the buses and return to Jenison. Once back “home” we get to unload everything: luggage, fans, instruments, mining carts. There are a lot of helping hands for this part, which is a real blessing!
Show shirts were handed out to the band members and lunch was provided at school by our Feed the Band committee before rehearsal continued. It felt good to be on our own field. It pulled this week’s experiences all together and “brought it home”. The community performance was drawing near. The excitement continued to build. When 6:00 rolled around, the stands were already building an audience. The band continued to rehearse. By the time Mr. Zamborsky began introducing the marching band, the stands were very crowded. The band then performed two times. The first was done with the students standing in rows, more like a concert setting. This was to allow some of our students who have injuries that prevent them for marching right now. The second performance was to show the progress made from learning the drill. The performances sounded great and looked pretty good, too. Everyone in the band will tell you it needs work but, when the rest of us watch it, we see what they’ve accomplished. But, that’s the difference between our jobs as performers or supporters.
I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to share some of what camp is about. Hopefully you have gained a little insight into the mystery of this week. Thank you for reading this blog and a hearty thank you for your kind words in response. This entry concludes the dialog regarding this year’s band camp. More pictures will follow as I gather some of those taken by our crew of chaperones. Keep checking in for future entries.
The morning began with the threat of rain. It was supposed to be only during our scheduled breakfast hour. Despite the frequent incorrect weather predictions this week, we decided to take the “wait and see” approach. It turned out that the forecast was right. Most of us made it to breakfast before the rain began and it ended before we left. That was a great way to begin the day. Warm-ups were started in the indoor facility to give the weather a little extra time to move clear of the area. The routine used today is often part of the color guard’s stretching exercises. It has proven to be effective for the rest of the band as well. After they ran through it twice, the band moved to their morning locations to finish warm-ups. The morning rehearsals did not have any surprise visitors today. The lunch period came quickly.
Following lunch was a shortened section time of rehearsal. This was due to the need to prep a little bit for the upcoming performance of Lobe Den Herren, the official hymn of the marching band. The sections met on the grassy knoll in the middle of campus. This is a beautiful, shady area that provides a nice area for the band. After a little bit of practice, they formed lines and silently marched to the chapel. They circled the auditorium in single file, except for the front ensemble, battery and color guard, who lined up in the back in additional rows. The auditorium is a special place to play this song as it has wonderful acoustics for it. After an explanation by Mr. Zamborsky to the band as to why this hymn is important and has become a tradition, they were poised to begin. With a simple movement of his arms, he invited them to fill the room with melodious harmony. The beauty of this song was hard to ignore. Many students and spectators left with a tear in their eye. The band exited the chapel just as quietly as they entered. This was the last time the Seniors would perform this song at band camp. Although it happens only once a year, it leaves a lasting impression. The impact of this reality presented many moments between band members as they hugged and congratulated one another.
The band now had a couple of hours of free time. Students were able to walk freely around campus, use the indoor swimming pool, play games, or take a nap if they felt like it. This particular year saw a massive interest in the swimming pool. Out of approximately 160 band members, 86 of them decided to go swimming. It was very entertaining for the chaperones that accompanied them. The boys performed a few rounds of “wave diving”. They would line up along an edge and then dive in one at a time in consecutive order but quickly enough to have the appearance of a cresting wave. Then they decided to see how many of them the men’s sauna could hold. This cycle happened a couple of times. They ended up getting 41 boys into the sauna. To celebrate, they began a belly smacking contest. This eventually got the attention of the girls, who joined in. There was a lot of laughing, encouragement, and fun going on. The lifeguard on duty later complimented our group as exceptionally well behaved. Despite being loud and very active, they never caused any trouble. This is a prime example of what Mr. Zamborsky and our entire Jenison Fine Arts programs strive to instill in their students. You can have fun while remaining respectful and within the boundaries. This made us all very proud. As a further example of the responsibility these students are expected to exhibit, without any reminder from the chaperones, they abruptly left the pool as a whole to return to their rooms and get ready for dinner and the next scheduled rehearsal time.
The evening rehearsal was done on the football field. Many parents came to watch the latter part of this time. The band worked hard during this time and was really trying to make good progress. The run-through went very well and you could tell they were excited to perform it in the stadium.
After this performance, they quickly cleaned the equipment off the field and hustled back to the residence hall to shower and dress for the annual pizza and dance party. The building this is held in is air conditioned which is a welcome treat as well. The music was loud, like it’s supposed to be, and the room was filled with bodies. As happens with most dances, there are some who prefer to tune out completely, some who prefer to watch, and some who like to dance. A second room was provided for those who preferred to be in a quieter place. Some of the more popular songs were Dancing Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody. Most of the songs were more contemporary and all of them were student selected. The dance continued later into the evening and we finally headed back to the residence hall just after 11:00. Today was a long but satisfying day for all and it was time to rest.