Today was my first day back to RCHS since my surgery. I saw a lot of truly great things at today's rehearsal - especially since we have 78% less rehearsal time than on a normal year. Big shout out to Mr. Vaal and Mrs. Deimel for their leadership, and instruction!
As I see it, we have two major objectives this season: OBJECTIVE #1 - prepare the first movement (music and marching), & OBJECTIVE #2 - prepare for Fright Night on 10/30/20.
Fright Night is just for fun, and a way to give back to the community. Our patrons will stay in their cars, much like a drive up theater, which should make the experience safe for everyone. We will social distance, eear masks, and utilize the new bell covers. There will be three short performances covering the following times at Trust Bank on Main St. 6:00-6:20, 6:30-6:50, and 7:00-7:20. We will perform The Nightmare Before Christmas, Thriller, Avengers, Harry Potter, Ghostbusters, & Star Wars. The music does not have to be memorized, but it does have to be learned. At this point, I am not sure if we will have a video compilation to accompany the music. The music is coming to you soon.
As for Side Shows, Rides and Grant Entry, this is our only focus for a field performance for the 2020 season. As I said before, we only have 22% of practice time that we would normally enjoy. That is why we are focusing on just the first movement this season. For that matter, the drill is written very simply to make it attainable (While the music will stay the same for next year, the drill will be more difficult). You are also welcome to retake a test anytime.
That being said, we need you to practice the music with a metronome every single remote learning day. That equates to 3 hours and 24 minutes a week. There will be an occasional playing test to check your progress. I will hold you to the same standard for playing tests that the music judges at competitions would expect. This will only help us next year! Please make sure you are practicing.
TIPS FOR PRACTICING:
1. Don't forget about dynamics!
2. Always practice with a metronome
3. Practice slowly, with accuracy in mind. Gradually speed up the tempo
4. Practice regularly. Remember, remote days equal 3 hr. 24 min. a week
5. Don't forget about dynamics!
Keep pushing! You are doing great things!