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Archive for September, 2011

It’s SO Fun to be in Band! Photo Gallery of UW-UH Game

Posted by glennled on September 30, 2011

Charge!

On 10 September, the University of Washington Huskies football team improved its record to 2-0 with a 40-32 victory over the University of Hawaii Warriors. This was the 59th Annual High School Band Day, attracting more than 2400 participants.

Most of these photos were taken by Louis Figueroa (on the field) and Garry Nakayama (in the pressbox), and a few were by me, as a trumpeter in the Husky Alumni Band.

Click on any of these 28 photos to enlarge it.

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On High School Band Day, UW Huskies Take Big Win Over Hawaii Warriors, 40-32

Posted by glennled on September 29, 2011

Melvyn Poll, operatic tenor, sings the National Anthem, with Color Guard, honoring 9-11

Customarily, High School Band Day is a lucky charm for the University of Washington Huskies, and this year it worked again! The Huskies beat the University of Hawaii Warriors, 40-32, on the Saturday before the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.  The Husky team commemorated the event by wearing white helmets with the “W” dazzled in red, white and blue and by carrying a flag as they ran out of the tunnel onto the field.

Thirty-three high school bands participated in both the pre-game and half-time shows. All but one—Cheyenne High School, North Las Vegas, NV, with 44 members—came from within Washington state. The four largest bands were South Kitsap (150), Camas (150), Bellevue (115), and Sequim (100). The four smallest were Meridian (in Bellingham, 25), Waterville (northeast of Wenatchee, 23), Manson (on Lake Chelan, 19), and Archbishop Murphy (in Everett, 19).

In all, about 2150 high school band members, 200 cheerleaders, and 80 flag team members participated in this, the 59th Annual High School Band Day. Most of these photos were taken by Louis Figueroa (on the field) and Garry Nakayama (in the pressbox), and a few were shot by me, as a member of the Husky Alumni Band. Click on any of these 19 photos to enlarge it.

UW Band mixes with the bands and cheerleaders from 33 high schools

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Photo Gallery of Bands’ Performance as UW Scores Victory over ECU, 30-27

Posted by glennled on September 25, 2011

National Champion majorette

On 3 September, the University of Washington Huskies beat the Eastern Washington University Eagles, 30-27. The first home game of each new season is known to the bands as the “Varsity/Alumni Game,” because it is the only game for which the Varsity and Alumni bands combine to march on the field and play in the stands.

Matt and Cam, my two great "Guide-on's," wearing our "W" caps backwards to signify another Husky victory!

Only those alumni members who volunteer get to do it, and this year I did so for the first time. One night at practice, I realized

that I had not marched on that field since the 1961 season! Back then, I played 1st trumpet, had all the music memorized, and always did the marching performances without flaw—just like today’s students. Fifty years later, I discovered that I can now either march or play—but not both at the same time. Good thing the director, staff, and young band members are patient and tolerant of imperfection! Indeed, they were much more than that: they were warmly hospitable, helpful, encouraging, and supportive.

In these photos, you will see that the uniform for this game consists of purple “Touch of Class” polo shirts, khaki pants, white shoes and socks, brown belt, and Husky cap with a “W” on the front. Pressbox photos are by Garry Nakayama; field photos by Louis Figueroa.

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Husky Marching Band Performs with Edgar Winter Band at UW-ECU Football Game

Posted by glennled on September 24, 2011

The Edgar Winter Band, accompanied by UW Varsity/Alumni Band at half-time

During half-time of the University of Washington vs. Eastern Washington University football game on 3 September, the Edgar Winter band set  up stage on the 10-yard line to perform two of the band’s long-time hits, “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride.” Winter composed both songs  in the 1970’s. He is a keyboardist, saxophonist, percussionist, and singer (see http://www.edgarwinter.com).

The UW Varsity/Alumni Marching Band formed a V-shaped set stretching to the 40-yard line and accompanied Winter and his band on both songs. Take a guess—how much time did the Husky Band spend practicing for both the pre-game and half-time performances at this game? Only 11.5 hours. We rehearsed both shows on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., and on Saturday, game day, noon to 2:30 p.m. Kickoff was at 4 p.m. After the UW Huskies beat the ECU Eagles, 30-27, the band turned its hats around backwards—the tradition after a victory. I remember doing that when I was a band member in the 1960’s. Following another tradition, volunteer members of the Husky Alumni Band were integrated into the school’s varsity band for this season-opening game. That’s how I got to march again on that field for the first time since the 1961 season, 50 years ago! During the game, we alumni got to sit on the 50-yard line for the last time. Both the alumni and varsity bands will be re-positioned once the new stadium is built. I was one tired puppy Saturday night, but it was great fun and so memorable!

Edgar Winter plays "Frankenstein"

How do individual band members figure out where they are supposed to be at any given moment during the shows? There were 16 pre-game and 16 half-time show position charts lettered A-P, indicating the exact placement of each marching band member on the field at a certain point in the music, as the band played one song after another while creating one formation after another. These charts are produced using a software program licensed to UW and created on Pyware 3D. But as a wise man once told me years ago, no matter how great the design, the system, and the plan, you’ve got to have good people to implement it…and these band kids are excellent not only as musicians but in all respects. That’s how you get 160 band members to perform two shows with only 11.5 hours of rehearsal.

The pre-game show culminated in our playing “America, the Beautiful” and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” as band members unfurled a huge flag on the field and an operatic tenor sang the National Anthem. Then they kicked off the 2011 football season with a victory for Washington—“Go Purple. Be Gold!”

Pressbox photos by Garry Nakayama; field photos by Louis Figueroa.

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Who, Me—Aspire to Inspire—Really?

Posted by glennled on September 2, 2011

“I was only two years old then!” said Dave after he heard me say that I graduated from the University of Washington in 1962. The tall trumpeter with his bright eyes, wide smile, and salt and pepper beard is a fellow-member of the Husky Marching Band Alumni Association (HMBAA). A few minutes before, Dr. Brad McDavid, Director of Athletic Bands at UW, had asked for a show of hands of those Alumni Band members who graduated in the 1990’s: many hands were raised; 1980’s, fewer hands; 1970’s, very few hands; 1960’s, one hand—mine!

We were standing on the field of Husky Stadium last Wednesday night, about to begin a three-hour rehearsal with the Varsity Band in preparation for the pre-game and half-time shows at this Saturday’s football game, opening the new season. The Huskies are playing the Eagles from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, near Spokane. Last season, the Eagles won the 20-team playoff and are the 2011 national champions of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) of the NCAA. And this year, they are again ranked No. 1 in the nation in the pre-season polls. FCS is only one level below the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in which the Huskies play.

New Pac-12 logo painted on Husky Stadium field (photo by Dan Niven)

Classes at UW begin in about four weeks on the 28th of September, and most students have not yet arrived on campus. So, it’s traditional for the Varsity Band to combine with the Alumni Band to perform for the fans and team at the first football game of the year. A few weeks ago, when I volunteered to play at this game, I did not realize what I was getting in for. This Saturday, I’ll be marching on the field alongside and among those smart, lively, 19-22 year old kids, all good musicians, pumped full of adrenaline and testosterone. There will be about 160 of us. That’s bigger than the entire Varsity Band when I was in school. “What have I done?” I thought.

Then I counted the years since I last marched in the band on this field, playing my Super Olds cornet—50 years ago, in 1961, the year the Huskies, led by Coach Jim Owens, won the Rose Bowl game, beating the Minnesota Gophers, 17-7. Holy cow, it’s like a Golden Anniversary! And this is the last year for this stadium. It will be demolished and rebuilt after this season.

After rehearsal, as I was walking slowly back to my car on tired feet, Dave caught up with me, and we chatted about the experience. As our pathways diverged, he shouted, “You’re an inspiration!”

 No—really? Shocking! I didn’t aspire to that. But age just happens, doesn’t it, if you’re lucky like me. I arrived home after 10 p.m., and my wife and I had a long chuckle before going to sleep.

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