Had a pretty good weekend out in the mountains for the Western Carolina University Band competition. It is a really big show with a lot of great bands and it is a real challenge to make finals there. Add to that the WCU Band which is a spectacle for sure (see video). My brother came in to town for the weekend which was fun. He made the trip with me out to the mountains to work with the band. We stayed at Lake Junaluska and rehearsed there before the gig. The band (Cary HS) had a solid prelims performance and it was strong enough to make finals. We had a better finals show, which was not the case for all of the bands, it seemed, and I was really pleased with how the kids performed up to the level they had been prepared for. They did their job wonderfully.
The best band there was Dobyns Bennett HS from TN and they were very good. We will see them again this weekend at the Winston Salem Regional so I may make it a point to watch their show again. We are not getting very strong rating from the judges this year, but I think the kids are really working hard to get better. We will keep working to the end and be the best we can.
Here is a video of the WCU band. : )