"I just got a text that said pack your bags, we're going to
The title of
Ferguson said she felt confident about the band's chances from the moment they made the recordings to submit.
"When we found out, I don't think we were all crazy surprised," Ferguson said. "Because we all heard the recordings and I think we all knew that they were really good. I think we all thought we were going to get to the state level. We knew we had the potential."
Assistant drum major
"The mistake at marching contest was pretty humbling. You can't get too big of a head," Gerling said.
That marching mistake is behind the band now, but they have a new challenge in front of them. As
The band will perform seven songs, over a half hour of music, for a crowd of thousands of music experts. Some of the music will be songs the band has performed recently, but some will be new to the group. One song will be the world premiere of a work written specially for the
"People are coming out of the woodwork," he said. "Band directors from all over are offering to help us work the band, offering us suggestions, and loaning us music."
In addition, recent alumni from the band have agreed to come back to play, and the school's principal has offered the band extra time to work.
That time is very valuable,
"Our kids are in everything. We've got almost all the cheerleaders, we've got a bunch of the varsity football players," she said. "But at small schools you have to share. The good kids do everything, and everybody wants the good kids."
Ferguson said she knew how much work she would be getting into when she signed up for the class. "Everyone who comes into band knows this isn't just a mess-around band. It's a serious band. If you're going to be in it, you have to put some time into it and work hard at it."
That work is evident. The
Ferguson in turn gives the credit to her directors. "They are really dedicated to us. Every part of their lives is about us, and they put so much time and effort into us. It's insane how much you hear them say 'I was up at 3 in the morning thinking about what we are going to do next,'" she said.
But no matter who got the band to this level, one thing is certain. They don't plan to stop here.
The band performs at the conference on
"And the day we finish that," he said with a grin. "We begin on next year's marching season. That's going to be a great show."
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