Please welcome to the field the Marching Chargers under the direction of Drum Major Kayla Josephson....sounded really great from the loudspeaker! Today was Algona Band Day and the L-M marching band was one of the contestants. Sadly though, to put it in Kayla's words, it was an "epic fail". Some of the kids didn't want to be there and it was pretty obvious...but the drum major was fantastic! :)

In my opinion if a kid is going to go out for an extra-curricular activity, such as band, then they need to give that activity the attention it deserves. If these kids don't want to be marching then why are they in band? Granted I am used to Kayla, who gives 150% in band so I can't compare the other kids to her, but still! Why ruin something for everyone just because you don't really want to be there? Kayla was pretty disappointed in how the band performed, as I am sure were some of the other members. I think if you are responsible enough to join then you need to be responsible enough to do your part to the best of your ability at all times.

Anyway...they performed 6 songs...all from the band Queen. There are only 27 kids in the band so they weren't terribly loud, but they did sound good anyway. The marching was a little sloppy, but they looked sharp in their uniforms! It was fun to watch Kayla leading them...she had to make up a salute and did a great job of it. She also conned Becky into coming home to "watch" and then got her to go on the field and set up her stand :) (Becky then conned Haley into helping her too!) We watched the other three bands competing against the Marching Chargers and I wasn't all that impressed with the first two...but the last band was really good. They played three of the same songs that L-M played...crazy coincidence! It was a little chilly in the stands, but fun to watch. Unfortunately they will not be competing next year so this was our last chance to see them. We had a good time and Kayla did a super job!

date October 3, 2009

2 comments to “Under the direction of...”

  1. bluecottonmemory
    October 10, 2009 at 8:53 AM

    I agree! They need to put the time into the activity. I wish some of mine were interested in a musical instrument (we have guitars, drums, and violens at home standing idle). However, the areas they are involved in, they work hard. I asked my oldest son when he as in college, how his high school soccer experience will help him in the future. He did a great job explaining how so much in sports (and probably in the band, too) train you for working with others and providing leadership skill.

  1. Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus
    October 15, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Oh, how I miss that ol' Charger blue and gold. She looks great!

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