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Posts Tagged ‘Dr. Brad McDavid’

2015 Northshore School District’s Sixth Grade Honors Concert

Posted by glennled on May 2, 2015

2015 NSD 6th Grade Honors Orchestra (left), Choir (center), and Band (right)

2015 NSD 6th Grade Honors Orchestra (left), Choir (center), and Band (right)

In a stellar performance, three honors groups—the best NSD musicians of 2015—entertained a packed house at Northshore Junior High School in Bothell on 10 February at the annual Northshore School District’s (NSD’s) Sixth Grade Honors Concert.

NSD 6th Grade Honors Band (right), Choir (center), and Orchestra (left)

NSD 6th Grade Honors Band (right), Choir (center), and Orchestra (left)

First was the Honors Orchestra, conducted by Jim Rice of Inglemoor High School. Next was the Honors Choir, conducted by Kyra Renstorf of Woodinville High School and Leota Junior High School. Finally was the Honors Band, conducted by Janie McDavid of Shelton View Elementary and Kenmore Junior High School. [Incidentally, Mrs. McDavid’s husband is Dr. Brad McDavid, Director of Athletic Bands, University of Washington, who is featured in numerous posts in this blog.] Each group performed four pieces. The program was emceed by Ted Christensen of Inglemoor High School (IHS), who is Music Coordinator for the Northshore School District. This is his 32nd year at IHS.

Below is a gallery of photos from the concert. As usual in this blog, I highlight trumpeters in the band, three of whom I teach at Skyview Jr. High School in Bothell. In all, Skyview contributed 12 musicians to the Honors Band. Please click on any photo to enlarge it.

 

 

 

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High School Band Day, 9-20-’14, UW Huskies vs. Georgia State Panthers

Posted by glennled on April 12, 2015

Georgia State hardly had a chance–the University of Washington Huskies never (hardly ever) loose on High School Band Day! And two-legged dogs always beat two-legged cats, no? And so it was on 20 September 2014, that UW came out on top, 45-14, scoring all 45 points in the second half. The first half was a stinker for the Huskies, who got booed off the field into the locker room to re-group. In any case, the win left the Huskies with a 4-0 record thus far in the season.

Could it be that the combined bands’ massive half-time show on High School Band Day inspired the Huskies to come back from 0-14 to win? 😉

Here’s how the bands did it—see the photo gallery below. As always, trumpeters are featured. Field-level shots were taken by Louis Figueroa, and press box shots were by Garry Nakayama. Please click on any photo to enlarge it.

 

 

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Photo Gallery: UW Huskies Defeat Eastern Washington University Eagles on 9-6-2014

Posted by glennled on April 9, 2015

It was the first Saturday of September, 2014. This was the first home game of the football season for the University of Washington Huskies and the second game under new Coach Chris Petersen. The opponent was the Eastern Washington University Eagles from Cheney, Washington near Spokane. The Huskies won, 59-52, in a wild shootout.

Below is a gallery of photos. featuring the Husky Varsity Marching Band trumpeters, from the game. I am a member of the Husky Alumni Band. Shots from the pressbox are by Garry Nakayama, and those from field level are by Louis Figueroa. Please click on any photo to enlarge it.

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High School Band Day at Husky Stadium—UW vs. Idaho State

Posted by glennled on May 27, 2014

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UW Director of Athletic Bands, Dr. Brad McDavid

On 21 September 2013, the University of Washington Husky Marching Band, under the direction of Dr. Brad McDavid, hosted its annual “Band Day.”  In 2013, the Husky Marching Band, created in 1929, commenced its 84th season.

Selected high school bands from all over the state performed in the second home football game held in the newly renovated Husky Stadium in Seattle. The Huskies beat the Bengals of Idaho State University, 56-0, and as a member of the Husky Alumni Band, I got to play my 59-year old Super Olds cornet again. I’m of the UW Class of 1962.

The photos below were taken by Louis Figueroa (ground level) and Garry Nakayama (press box level). Please click on any photo to enlarge it.

 

 

 

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Husky Alumni Band Cheers UW to Victory Over Stanford, 17-13

Posted by glennled on October 16, 2012

Victory celebration!

Everyone knows that while Husky Stadium is now being rebuilt for next year, the football team is playing its home games in downtown Seattle at Century Link Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders. Everyone sees the UW Husky Varsity Marching Band on the stadium steps at the north entrance prior to the game, in the south stands during the game, and on the field for pre-game and half-time shows. But who knows whether the Husky Alumni Band is even there—and if so, where are they?

Well, yes, we were there Thursday night (27 September) to see the Huskies upset the 8th-ranked Stanford Cardinal, 17-13. We were seated in the SW quadrant of the stadium—high up in Section 327!—cheering as loudly as everyone else.

UW Husky Varsity Marching Band

We played at three pep rallies prior to the game, one with the Chinese Dragon at Hing Hay Park in the International District, one in the north parking lot of the stadium, and one in Occidental Street on the west side of the stadium. That earned us free tickets into this big game. Recall that there was a time when it was questionable whether the Husky Alumni Band would have a role to play at the home games this year (see my post of 18 November 2011), but that was settled. We’re there, helping raise money for HMBAA scholarships, and we’re very happy. It’s such fun, and I love playing trumpet. Some of us even joined the massive crowd on the field after the game to celebrate the victory. Go Huskies!

Photos are by Louis Figueroa and Gary Nakayama, courtesy of the UW Husky Varsity Marching Band conducted by Dr. Brad McDavid, Director. Please click on any photo 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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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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