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Posts Tagged ‘University of Washington’

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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High School Cheerleaders Day at Husky Stadium—UW Defeats U of Colorado, 59-7

Posted by glennled on May 29, 2014

High School Cheerleaders Day, UW Husky Stadium, 11-9-'13

High School Cheerleaders Day, UW Husky Stadium, 11-9-’13

 

At a night game in Seattle on 9 November 2013, the University of Washington Huskies drubbed the University of Colorado Buffaloes, 59-7. Quarterback Keith Price was 22 of 29 in passing for 312 yards and had two passing TDs and two rushing TDs. Running Back Bishop Sankey rushed for 143 yards.

All that’s very well indeed, but credit must be given where credit is due–it was High School Cheerleaders Day, so with that much support, it was impossible for the Huskies to lose!

As a member of the Husky Alumni Band, I got to play my cornet again for the tail-gaters. I asked the band director if we could play “Hey Baby” which came out in 1961. We did, entertaining fans down on the boats moored to the docks at the shoreline of Lake Washington. Everybody loves to sing along and dance to those lyrics–“Hey, hey hey baby! I want to know if you’ll be my girl.” With a thousand cheerleaders at the game and the Huskies winning so easily, who wouldn’t be happy?!

Here is a photo gallery of the game, focused on the UW Husky Marching Band (especially the trumpets) and Cheerleaders, plus all the high school cheerleaders. Field-level shots are by Louis Figueroa, and press-box shots are by Garry Nakayama. 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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My Trumpet Student Plays in Seattle All-City Honors Elementary Band and Orchestra Concert

Posted by glennled on April 2, 2012

2012 Seattle All-City Honors Elementary Band

Last Saturday, another of my trumpet students played in the annual concert performed by the Seattle Public Schools’ All-City Honors Elementary Band and Orchestra. This year it was held at Chief Sealth International High School in West Seattle. He’s now a 5th-grader at Lawton Elementary School where Lindsey Dustin is band director (see my blog posts of 17 February 2012 and 14 November 2010). Next fall, he plans to attend Hamilton International Middle School in Wallingford.

The 123-member band representing 41 schools packed the large stage, and the auditorium was almost full, too, with parents, relatives, friends and a few tutors like me. He was one of only 18 trumpet players in the 2012 honors band. Think of that—one of the best 5th grade trumpeters in Seattle Public Schools—that’s impressive! The band’s guest conductor was Marcus Pimpleton, a 2002 graduate of the University of Washington who now serves as music department head at Denny International Middle School, Chief Sealth International High School, and the Seattle Schools All-City Marching Band. Mr. Pimpleton was a drum major with the UW Husky Marching Band (see http://www.huskymarchingband.com/). He now has a Master’s in Theology and a Doctorate in Religious Education from Bishop A.L. Hardy Academy of Theology in Seattle.

Part of the 18-member trumpet section

The talented honors band sounded very solid when playing three pieces: “Oxford Overture,” “I’m An Old Cowhand,” and “A Little Cha-Cha Music.” The Honors Orchestra was conducted by Heather Shaffer, who is Director of Orchestras at Denny and Sealth. They played “Hunter’s Chorus,” “Jamaican Spice,” and “Legend of Dark Mountain.” At this level, the orchestra is comprised solely of strings. There were 88 students representing 32 schools—a great honor, indeed!

Please click on any photo to enlarge it.

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

Posted by glennled on September 30, 2011

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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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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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Husky Alumni Pep Band Plays UW-UCLA Basketball Game on New Year’s Eve

Posted by glennled on January 1, 2011

UCLA applied full-court pressure on almost every UW possession

‘Twas the day before New Years, when a skeleton crew of the Husky Alumni Pep Band played for the crowd of 1,783 at the UW-UCLA women’s basketball game in Seattle. We were on hand because the Varsity Marching Band was enroute home from San Diego where the night before, the University of Washington football

HMBAA Pep Band in foreground

team upset the University of Nebraska, 19-7, in the Holiday Bowl.  Here’s how I saw the basketball game.

UCLA triumphed, 60-48, with a smothering full-court press and stifling defense. The Huskies (5-5, 0-1 Pac 10) handled it well for most of the game, shooting 62.5 percent in the first half, and were leading, 36-28, several minutes into the second half. But when UW got into foul trouble, the game turned in UCLA’s favor. Three players fouled out in the final five minutes, and the Huskies committed 25 turnovers. The No. 8 Bruins (11-1, 1-0) had more depth, as one of their bench players scored 15 points. UW junior Mackenzie Argens, 6 feet 3, scored her first double-double of the year with 18 points and 11 rebounds,

Kingma hits a three!

 but scoring leader, guard Kristi Kingma, was held to 12 points.

Meanwhile, the band played on. As the game was played on Friday afternoon, we were a little short-handed. For example, we like to have six trumpet players but had only four. But it was fine, and as we filed out of the stands to go check in our music folders and pack away our horns, we got lots of compliments from nearby fans. It was a good week to be a Husky. The men’s basketball team pulled off a rare sweep in Los Angeles, beating USC, 73-67, on Wednesday and UCLA, 74-63, on Friday, while the football team won their only bowl game since 2002. Wuff-wuff and Happy New Year!

Skeleton crew of the HMBAA Pep Band pauses between songs in second half

HMBAA Pep Band swings into song during a time out late in the game

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Famous Unicycle Team Delights Crowd with Half-Time Show at UW-Texas Tech Basketball Game

Posted by glennled on December 13, 2010

How do they do that? That’s what I always wonder when I see people riding unicycles and doing their amazing moves and tricks. And that’s what made the half-time show so thrilling at the basketball game in Seattle between the University of Washington Huskies and the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Dec. 4. [I played trumpet in the Husky Alumni Pep Band at this game.] The half-time buzzer sounded, the two teams trotted off to the locker rooms, and out onto the court rolled about 40 dazzling members of the famous Panther Pride Unicycle Team (PPUT) from North Bend, WA in the Snoqualmie Valley. The riders range from age 7 and up.

How do they even get up on those things, much less keep from falling off? Well, as I learned from their website, www.pput.info, there are at least 11 different ways to mount a unicycle. And the Unicycling Society of America has defined 10 skill levels of unicycle riding (see http://www.unicyclingusa.org).

PPUT Photo

 Last July, PPUT competed at the “U Games” in the San Francisco Bay Area (see http://ugames.caluni.org). These games are the North American Unicycling Championships and are the largest gathering of unicycle enthusiasts on the continent. PPUT brought back 60 gold, silver and bronze medals!

They appear on TV (see http://www.king5.com/new-day-northwest/Panther-Pride-Unicycle-Team-99467054.html). They ride in various parades, including Macy’s Holiday Parade, Salmon Days in Issaquah, and Autumn Leaves Festival in Leavenworth. They do shows at basketball games for UW, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University and others. They perform for corporate and group special events, local and statewide, and have tons of Flickr photos and YouTube videos (see http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local /san_francisco&id=7561416&rss=rss-kgo-article-7561416).

See what happens when you play trumpet in the school or alumni band? You get to see marvelous shows like this–free! It broadens the mind and uplifts the spirit, that’s what it does.

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I’m always amazed at how many people are engaged in so many volunteer activities like this, whatever they may be—from flying model airplanes to rock climbing to drum and bugle corps to Renaissance festivals and medieval fairs to dog shows and horse shows, et.al.—“you-name-it.” And very often these activities evolve into organized competitions from the local to national to world levels. Whatever the endeavor, we all appreciate, admire and honor excellence. 

The next time you’re in the library, find a directory of societies and associations—-it’s thick!—and open its pages. You’ll be amazed at the variety of human interests and avocations. And we’re just like everyone else—it’s fun to play trumpet and ride unicycles for free at basketball games!

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