Lookout Papa John's Stadium this weekend...here come the bands!! Louisville is about to be inundated with the best that Kentucky has to offer in high school marching bands. On top of that, no less than 21 of these bands are from right here in South Central Kentucky! (Do we know how to rock or what?)
It's been a while since I've been directly involved with high school marching bands and I really miss it. If I weren't out programming weather radios this weekend, I'd probably be in Louisville. When my two daughters were part of the Marching Purples at Bowling Green High for almost seven years, I was band booster chair, concessions manager, prop walker, instrument hauler (roadie) and occasional drum line instructor-wannabe. When Mr. Briley couldn't get the band's attention during practice or just before a competition, I'd often step in and get their attention or give 'em a pep talk.
It's all about discipline. While the football and basketball teams...even soccer teams get lots of attention during the sports segments, I want to do my part in recognizing the hard work our area high school marching bands so greatly deserve. For those of us who were once marching band geeks back in the day, it's always cool to watch your sons and daughters march out on field for the first time. Yes, I lived vicariously through my daughters when it was their turn. They made me want to get back out there and do it all over again.
If you're a music lover, you'll enjoy going to the competitions. It doesn't matter if you have a vested interest (son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, etc.) in a particular high school band, just go anyway. You'll love the music, the pageantry, the precision and the athletics...yes, athletics our students have to offer. For those of us who can walk and chew gum at the same time, we love the technical side of all this. The glides...the shuffles and the syncopated steps in perfect posture while still maintaining your instrument and looking straight ahead. This is not for the faint of heart.
To those of you that are band parents...been there, done that...God bless you! Band instructors and assistants...thank you for your patience, not only with our kids but with us parents as well. Good luck to all of you this weekend and don't forget to GLIDE WITH PRIDE!
Here is the schedule for this weekend's KMEA/SMBC semi-finals in Louisville with the finals at Papa John's Stadium (U of L's campus) along with ticket information...
KMEA Semifinals - Louisville
A - Butler Traditional HS (map)
AA - Pleasure Ridge Park HS (map)
AAA - Meade County HS (map)
AAAA - South Oldham HS (map)
AAAAA - Papa John's at U of L (map)