So the Minnesota Brass journeyed all the way to friggin’ Jamestown, New York only to lose to the Empire Statesmen.
It really shouldn’t have been that big a surprise since we have never won this show (which is basically right in Empire’s back yard). But still it left my stomach feeling oogy. I wanted to win, damnit.
Here’s a pic from our show:
The good stuff? We only lost by 0.3 point, and we managed to score highest in Visual, Colorguard, and Percussion. But we lost in the General Effect categories and Brass.
I’m particularly bummed about losing in Brass, as you can imagine.
And I suppose it’s not a bad score for being our first show that was judged correctly by DCA sanctioned judges. It was also the first time they had even SEEN our show, so between the politics and the familiarity thing, our score isn’t half bad.
In general we all felt like we had a pretty damn good show, and personally I thought I had a really good performance. I had one or two things that I can improve (as always), but overall I was pleased.
Except with the score and outcome.
The bad news is that the Buccaneers (aka Vocal Adrenaline) scored an 89.0 at a different show. Nearly 4 points higher than us.
Other interesting things that happened on this trip:
Our equipment truck broke down in Chicago. So we had to scramble to find a rental truck that could get our shit to Jamestown. And as a result, for our rehearsals on Friday we had no colorguard or percussion equipment.
It’s always something.
And of course the weather was as charming as ever. One of our rehearsals was cut short due to lightning, and on the day of the show two storms rolled in and threatened to cancel the whole thing (which would have royally sucked).
The rest of the time it was just 90 degrees and humid. And we were practicing on astroturf.
As for the busrides? Well– my body doesn’t handle sitting for 18 hours as well as it used to. I am quite stiff today and have goddamn “cankles” from my legs and feet swelling from sitting for so long.
But I’m home, and it’s good to be home. I’m looking forward to an evening of not doing much of anything other than relaxing…
…And practicing my baritone.
Because the horn line has our work cut out for us, and I’ll be damned if I’m gonna lose to the evil Empire again!