While the Troopers were holding camp in a balmy 81 degree Texan February weekend at Poteet High School, I was away from leading the troops in order to adjudicate drums in a gym. I think it hit 60 degrees in St. Louis, Missouri over the weekend. If you're curious.
I have to thank everyone at Edwardsville High School (Illinois) and the MCCGA circuit for a wonderful Saturday of exciting drum lines. And the best broccoli and cheese soup I've ever had in a hospitality room. Oh, and by the way, the chocolate chip cookies were also top-notch. Congratulations to all the performers on Saturday. The MCCGA champions for each class were Hazelwood East (Scholastic Concert), Illinois Valley Central H.S. (Scholastic Novice), Belleville East (Scholastic B), Edwardsville H.S. (Scholastic A), Modulation Z (Independent A), Freedom Percussion, with the high score of the day at 76.1 (Independent Open), and Gateway Indoor Percussion (Independent World). (Full recap here.)
I judged with a great panel and am very grateful to the MCCGA circuit for hosting me this weekend. We were housed at the Marriott near Lambert Airport. Sometimes “hotel by the airport” has less than a wonderful connotation, but this one was very nice. The bar in the hotel had a really great meat and cheese plate that I enjoyed alongside a Schlafly's Double IPA. I really appreciated that the Marriott's lounge showcased all local craft beers from the St. Louis area. What was really great, though, was the snack mix: caramel corn and peanuts covered in some sort of spicy cayenne dust. Every bit as good as the cookies in the hospitality room at Edwardsville.
So, while the Troopers were trooping in Texas and I was judging in Illinois (and eating snack mix in Missouri), there were other pageantry things happening. WGI Regional scores can be found here. Indiana Percussion Association scores from Pendleton Heights and Franklin Central are at the IPA site. And IHSCGA show results from Goshen can be found here; from Terre Haute South Vigo here.
I want to give a shout-out to Pat Miller for holding down Trooper world while I was judging. And for those who might be interested, the Troopers are still looking to fill some spots. Students can audition by video at marchTroopers.com. Our next two camps are March 10-12 (Brass and Percussion only) and April 28-30 for the full corps. Really looking forward to the Summer Music Games this year.
Finally, those in the Indiana pageantry world know that we all lost a dear friend, colleague, and educator this weekend. #4Tod loomed large this weekend on Facebook and, while a hashtag is small, the void left when Tod's bright light suddenly went out is enormous. My love and thoughts are with TH and GH and their families. All of Indiana's band and guard world is thinking of them right now. There is a GoFundMe page set up to assist with funeral expenses. Until we meet again, my friend.