This is also a good time to review our competitive philosophy.
We want to be the best performers that we are capable of being.
We can't control how many hours or how much money other bands spend in their desire to excel. Some of them are highly competitive and will do anything to try and win. We never tell our students that they "need to beat so-and-so band" or that "2nd place is really the first loser" (thanks Will Ferrell/Ricky-Bobby!) We tell the to set high standards and do everything they can to achieve them.
Our approach has always been that the PROCESS is more important than the product. We might do very well, we might not. All we can do is give our best effort. We will on occasion point out that we are trying to achieve the same levels of performance as bands who might spend double the amount of time rehearsing...but we always point out that we rehearse as efficiently as possible and still strive for the same high standards. We also remind them of the caliber of bands we will see...because they need to have some idea of the level of performance to expect and strive for. We always try and give the best information and teach the best techniques so that they can achieve quickly.
What else do we learn along the way?
Some learn how to set and pursue goals. Some learn to better manage time. Some learn to overcome fear of being in front of an audience. Some learn how to work together as a team. Some learn that they can exceed their pre-conceived limits. Some learn that they are a good role model. Some learn that they benefit from physical activity. Some learn that they can be responsible for large quantities of information. Some learn that they can multi-task. Some learn how to be better musicians.
Bottom line... the placement at a contest pales in comparison to the life-lessons learned in rehearsals and the joy of performing.
Come out and see the results of our hard work at McEachern on Sept. 17, McEachern (again) Oct 8th, or Sprayberry on Oct 15th.