Awesome Performance at the Alamodome

“Finals Performance” San Antonio, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 55mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO1000
“Finals Performance” San Antonio, 2019

So after yesterday’s bus debacle, Koa’s high school band performed at 9:30 am in the preliminary competition, and scored third in their class, which meant they earned a position in the finals, which are held in the evening. It’s pretty impressive that they did so well after waking up super-early (I dropped him off at the high school at 4 am).

But what is even more amazing, is that in the finals, which started at 7:30 pm, they came in third place, which is the highest they’ve ever achieved at Bands of America! They have a fantastic show this year, but honestly, we kind of knew two other bands would capture the top spots. It was just a question of where Koa’s band would end up. All the bands in the finals are really terrific, so when they kept announcing the bands (in order from 14th on up) and Koa’s band wasn’t mentioned, Mariko and I were very excited. And when they announced 4th place, and it wasn’t Koa’s band, I was very happy – a third place finish (out of a total of 64 in all) is awesome!

“Awards Time” San Antonio, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 55mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO1000
“Awards Time” San Antonio, 2019

This is the last marching competition that they will participate in this year and what a finale! Next weekend the drumline goes up to Dallas to compete, and of course there are a few more football games to perform at, but I think the pressure is off for the band kids. Another fun season (for the band parents too) is in the books.

I hope you had a nice day!


Live-stream Viewing

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec, ISO320
“Staying Connected” Cedar Park, 2019

Koa’s band traveled to Midland, Texas, to participate in a competition today and Mariko and I decided to purchase the live-streaming service so we could watch the performances and the awards ceremony.

It was pretty cool to have the all-day event on our TV (using Chromecast) so we could “keep in touch” with Koa. Midland is over five hours away by car which made going to watch in person a little out-of-reach for us so the live-stream service was nice, even though the quality wasn’t great.

Yay for technology!

Happy Faces

Photo info: motorola moto g(6), 3.95mm, f/1.8, 1/40 sec, ISO112
“Happy Faces” Cedar Park, 2019

What a busy day! I volunteered for concession stand duty at the annual Marching Band Festival that Koa’s high school hosts which was so hectic, but fun. I didn’t have time to take my daily photo with my Fujifilm X100T as normal, but I did manage to take a snapshot of Koa and two of his friends who were volunteering as well. Koa helped lead the visiting bands’ front ensemble units to their proper locations in the stadium, which I think is perfect for him, and he’s so social I’m sure he met a lot of people he follows on Instagram.

Anyways, I’m happy with the photo I took – just a simple snapshot of smiling, happy kiddos! Life is good. 😊

First Band Competition of the Season

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/1700 sec, ISO200
“Pep Talk” Austin, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Koa’s high school marching band took part in their first competition of the season, and they did great, finishing 4th place out of 26 bands. Their show this year is pretty good, and of course they spend so much time practicing every day. Mariko and I watched all the finalists’ performances, and they were all awesome! I’m not really very competitive so I don’t get too caught up in the results (at least I try not to) but it’s great to hear and see all the different shows.

Each and every one of these student musicians is really dedicated in order to perform at this level, and it’s really cool to see them all cheering the other bands on. It’s really like a big family, and in this age of social media, they know a lot of the students of the other schools. Band is like one humongous family! Very cool!

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec, ISO1000
“The Finalists” Austin, 2019

I hope you had a great day!


New Band Show

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec, ISO2000
“Halftime Performance” Cedar Park, 2019

It’s true that high school football is a big deal in Texas (just look how big the stadium is), but also true is that high school marching band is huge. Koa’s high school goes all-in on the band, with long hours of practice to give them a great chance to do well in the competitions. Last year, they won the UIL state championship, which was the first time ever for the school! This year’s show is another high-concept piece, and I’m hoping they do great. Not sure if they can top last year, but I’m just hoping Koa enjoys this season as much as last.

On a related note, the football team has started the season undefeated at 2-0 which is a pleasant surprise. Last season they won only two games the whole year, so I’m sure these kids are pretty stoked.

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO2500
“Kick Off” Cedar Park, 2019

I hope you had a great day!