For the weekly photo challenge: Green
I recently had the privilege of traveling to Springfield, Missouri, with the Norman North High School marching band for the Ozarko Invitational marching band competition. This was a remarkable experience not only for the band, which has worked long and hard for many months to earn the invitation to the competition, but for me – I’ve been following my daughter, who plays the flute, all these months since summer band camp…taking pictures at every opportunity.
The Norman North colors happen to be green and black, and the green is most prominent, so this photo challenge seems to be the opportunity to brag photographically on the band a bit. Specifically, I’d like to share photos of the trip to Ozarko 2012 where North place fourth – no small feat for a band that competed with no props against numerous bands with many fabulous props.
It actually took 3 tour buses to carry the band, plus 2 trucks full of equipment. I’ll admit, I think it was good that the school board purchased 2 tour buses, although I wasn’t convinced the money was well spent until I travelled with the band. Norman has 2 high schools (Norman High and Norman North…my husband attended “Norman” many years ago, while Trin attends “North”).
I spent most of my time following the tubas, who march to the beat of their own drums everywhere but on the field. They never simply follow the band, but sidetrack anything they encounter – like light poles and driveways. Who’d have ever thought that tuba players are anything but dull?