The Punahou Marching Band entered the event as an exhibition group for a number of reasons. The most philosophical reason is that while competition is an important concept to learn, we do not think the arts or Marching Band are the best places to teach it. Visual artists would argue over a Picasso painting being first place over a Salvador Dali. The values and rehearsal schedule at Punahou bring the marching band in a direction different from the competitive marching band world. While we value the comments of judges as topics for discussion and growth, the actual number from that value system is not as useful. The opportunities to perform for a more "band literate" crowd and have first hand exposure to what other schools do are both valuable to the learning process. We choose investing resources in high profile parades every three or four years versus trying to maximize a field show each year.
The decision to perform as an exhibition marching band was made through clear consensus and input of drum majors and administration. With our very limited resource of time, we chose to focus on improving the show rather than the fixed mindset of competing. As soon as some confusion was seen in the band, I stood in front of them and quickly shared some of the “what” and “why” of us as an exhibition rather then competing. We discussed it further this Monday morning after some listened to the comments from the event. If students had questions at the event they could have checked with the drum majors for further clarification as they had more information to share.
There were some issues afterward regarding awards and other groups' work. Due to this and other information reported I was compelled to discuss some issues of character with the band Monday Morning. Below are two links to the conversation that was recorded. It brought about quite a bit of discussion that day and seems to be a concept from which we can build upon in the future. While it was not filmed with posting to YouTube in mind, it is being posted to encourage a greater culture of openness and transparency. The total presentation is 20 minutes.
Rainbow Invitational - Monday 11/10
Rainbow Invitational Marching Band Festival tickets will be distributed to the students tomorrow morning (Wednesday) before rehearsal. The VPA includes 2-adult tickets. If you wish to purchase additional tickets or if your child is not a value plan participant, please consider purchasing with the PMB. We receive a portion of the proceeds from the ticket sales and this is one of our main fundraisers! Ticket price: $10.00/adult and $6.00/student (6-17)
The deadline has been extended to Thursday, Nov. 6th. Final distribution will be on Friday morning from 7:00-7:30am. Enjoy the festival, arrive early, watch other high school bands perform, and support the all the marching band students!!
We are going to eliminate the dress rehearsal. Below is the new schedule for that night.
4:00 Clean instruments
4:45 Start eating and get into full uniform - LOAD TRUCK
5:30 Uniform inspection and load bus
6:40 Watch bands in the stadium -Kapolei, Radford, Roosevelt, Kamehameha, Leilehua
7:50 leave stadium
8:05 unload truck - Short sectionals
8:28 Official warm up and tune (top of tunnel) - leave 8:50
9:38 UH performs
10:20 Load buses and trucks
11:00 Return to Punahou - unload, submit uniform, clean room
11:30 Pau (hopefully)