Hi everybody! Allyson here, your TBΣ Iota chaplain! I am so thankful to God that we have started a new year filled with opportunities to love God, embrace beauty, and live life to the fullest. Although my main function in meeting is to open us in prayer and collect and distribute praises and prayer requests, I am also blessed with the responsibility of promoting spiritual health and growth within the sisterhood. This semester I have started a bible study that meets every other week. Last week we met for the first time and discussed the power of words, and how to speak life. Proverbs 12:18 says that “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” We explored ways to apply these words from the Lord to our lives and our relationships with our sisters. I am hoping that God will continue to use these times to reveal to us how to be Christlike in our sisterhood and in our world.
Hey y'all! My name is Heather McGowan and I am the flute section leader this year!
Yesterday, we just finished with Pre-Season Week 2012, and as a Senior, I must say it was the best one yet!
It all began on Monday when Tau Beta, K-Psi & Leadership assisted in helping the freshmen move into their dorms. At about 12:00, the members of GWB came to McCrary to receive their backpacks and meet their leaders! :3 The backpacks that every member received included their Nike Dry-Fit shirt, Nike Polo, Hat, Water Bottle, Nike Shoes, and name tags/lanyard!
Needless to say, the apparel for this season is soooooo awesome! :3
We're trying something new this year! We were each issued a lanyard with our names laminated and placed inside each of the tag holders. On the back of your laminated name tag is a bar code that will be used to take attendance at each rehearsal! :3 Before rehearsal begins, you just go up to the designated staff member and have them scan your name! So convenient and awesome!
Another awesome thing about this is that when we receive coordinate sheets, they are cut so that we can place them inside of our tag holder! No more lost coordinates! :3 To go a step further, once a show is complete and we have our final coordinate for that show, they will be laminated and hole punched so we can keep them on our lanyard.... I'm super excited about this because I end up being "one of those people" who forgets their coordinate sheet! :3
Tuesday-Thursday, our schedule was as follows:
7:45 Leadership Meeting
8:00 Marching Rehearsal at Edge Field!
10:15 Music Rehearsal in Jones
11:45 Lunch with Sections
1:45 Music Rehearsal in Jones
3:30 Instructional Time
4:30 Dinner with Min-Cons
6:30 Marching Rehearsal at Edge Field
8:30 Commence Night Activities! (Tuesday: Section Unity; Wednesday: Min-Con Night; Thursday: Band Unity)
I think the format of the schedule made band week much more bearable than in the past. We weren't outside very long, and for the 2 hour blocks outside we were super productive! We have already learned all of pregame!! :3
The flute section has a whopping 30 members this year! And get this: there are 16 veterans and 14 newbies!!! We have a great section and I cannot wait to see what my last season in the Golden Wave Band will bring! :3
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Hey sisters!!My name is Leanna and I am a junior :)
I play flute (piccolo) and I am a squad leader this year.
I had such a blast at leadership retreat! Being on uniform staff last year, I was excited to be a part of the squad leader team this year!
We had leadership retreat at Camp Buckner. It was a great retreat place! It's about 2.5ish hours away! Once we arrived at camp, we got settled and had lunch. Shortly after, we had a leadership training session. These sessions were discussion led by our leadership book "Leadership Challenge."
We discussed many ways we can improve the band and how we can effect the mood of the band based on our attitudes during rehearsal and about every day life. Our motto was "Model the Way." and we were challenged as leadership to be great leaders by being the type of leader by whom we would want to be led by. We not only did inside (air conditioned :D) training, but we also did marching rehearsal! (YAYYY!) During that time, we re-learned the marching technique and got comfortable with it. We were able to clean it and ask specific questions that we had not had the chance to answer last season.
Don't worry! One of the biggest things we learned was to HAVE FUN! I am a very bubbly person and I love to crack a good/corny joke every once in a while to lighten the mood of rehearsals. The directors decided that we would have one time a rehearsal that would be dedicate for "Band Fun Time." We are going to take a few minutes to tell funny stories or laugh. Sometimes we are so focused that we forget to have fun and we forget what we love about the marching band! If you have a better name for our "Band Fun Time," please email us and let us know!!!
I am SOO excited for this season as it has begun. I know that this retreat helped me be able to bond with other leaders in other sections and gave us the ability to become a unified body. I am definitely feeling this bond transferring into my section even though it has not even been a week!
This is a picture of the flute squad leaders. There are 5 total l, 3 of which are in TBS :)
Left to Right: Heather McGowan, Kristen Drinkwater, Kim Jones, Sarah Sentmore, and myself( Leanna Mason)
I love you guys!
SIC 'EM BAYLOR GOLDEN WAVE BAND!!!
Hey y'all! Iota and Beta Alpha had the pleasure of working with the directors this past weekend in preparation for the 2012 edition of the Golden Wave Band :)
We all showed up at 9:00am to learn about what our goals were for the day. Granted, it was 9:00 in the morning, so I completely forgot to take pictures of everyone's tired faces... Instead, enjoy this picture that may or may not depict our faces accurately
As I'm sure many of you all remember, the last 2 years we have attempted to put up canopies on Edge Field for some sort of shade during the semester. If you missed our last post about it, please go to this link to read about how we put them up, and this link to read about how sad we were when they didn't last :(
When the directors met us at the couches, they came super prepared with instructions on how to set up these top of the class canopies!
This picture was only the first page of 6 on how to become "Tent Experts"!!
We all loaded up the parts into our cars and hauled them to Edge Field. There, everyone was instructed on how to properly put the canopies together. Unfortunately, I missed putting up the first canopy because I was attending Carey Wallick's law school graduation! :) Sic 'em Carey!
When I returned from Carey's graduation, they had already finished the first canopy! Way to go y'all! :)
We took a lunch break at Vitek's before putting up the second canopy (sorry, I don't have any funny Vitek's pictures, but enjoy this!)
Here's the beginning format of the second canopy.
Here are the directors working hard to get in one of the most difficult and stubborn stakes.
Here, we are deciding what to do next. We eventually decided to put up the "side wall" so that if it was windy, it wouldn't ruin the canopies.
Finally, we finished both canopies with stakes, ratchets, and poles. Don't they look beautiful? :3
Our next stop was Floyd Casey where we had to collect all the hat boxes from the uniform room and transport them back to the music school in preparation for band week. This is Kelsey Way's car full of hat boxes! Kelsey is one of our uniform managers for this next season and took charge of this project since our head uniform manager, Christina, couldn't be there.
After loading up 6 cars full of hat boxes, we carried them inside and lined them up on the ramp against the wall. This way, we could put them in numerical order (all 400 hat boxes!).
We fit all 400 hat boxes into 2 rooms :) This is a picture of the first room which was completely full. We put the boxes against the wall in piles of 5 because everyone who is getting a uniform will be pre-assigned a hat by number. In stacking the boxes, it will be easier to locate the hats :)
Prior to mid-summer, Christina with the help of a few Tau Beta's and K-Psis, had to organize the uniforms from the dry cleaners. The uniforms go to the dry cleaners in no particular order, so naturally we get them back the same way. We had to put the uniforms jackets in their prospective cubbies in numerical order, and then put the uniform pants with the jackets. THEN, we had to transfer the pant & jacket combination onto one uniform hanger. Needless to say, it was a week's worth of work, but it will make life 109% easier when band week comes around.
Essentially the last few weeks have been very busy in preparation for summer band! :3 We're really excited to get to this next season! Please look at our calendar to see what is going on in the life of Iota! :3