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Little Elm Marching Contest

Our first contest of the season is next Saturday, October 13th at Little Elm ISD Stadium. Below is ALL the information you’ll need for the day.

Schedule

11:15am: Rehearsal at Eagle Stadium
12:15pm: Lunch is served at RHS, get changed
1:00pm: Inspection in Band Hall
1:10pm: Load buses
1:15pm: Depart
2:00pm: Check in at Little Elm
2:45pm: Warm Up
3:30pm: Prelims Performance
5:30pm: Finals Announcement

The Little Elm Marching Classic is Prelims/Finals format contest. This means that, after all the bands march once in Prelims, they will select the top scoring 10 bands to perform again in Finals. The finalists perform in random order. This means: 1) We won’t know if we are performing in finals until 5:30pm and 2) If we are performing in finals, we won’t know what time we perform until 5:45pm or so. We’ll send out a twitter message with the plans for the evening once we know the prelims results. Regardless of whether or not we make finals, we will stay and watch for the evening.

7:00pm: Finals Begin
10:30pm: Final Results
11:30pm: Expected ETA at RHS. Brief meeting then dismissal.

Parent Info

If you are a parent who is not chaperoning/helping on the field, we NEED you in the stands supporting the band. The location of the contest is:

Little Elm Athletic Complex (LEAC)
1151 East Eldorado Parkway
Little Elm, Texas 75068

 


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Here’s how this works: when the band enters the field and the announcer calls our name, we need a fleet of parents in the stands cheering and going NUTS for the kids. This is all part of the competition! It sends a message to the judges that… “hey, you really need to pay attention to this band!” While we have many parents already traveling with the band as volunteers, they will be down on the field helping with equipment. Come out and see what your kids have been toiling away for because trust me, the football games have just been a preview of the contest show.

Parking is free. Admission to the contest is $6.00 and that will cover entrance to both Prelims and Finals. Student performers do not need to pay to enter. Children under 3 are free. For our volunteers, Little Elm provides 10 total volunteer passes. This means that you should be prepared to pay the $6.00 entry fee. While I know that can be frustrating, keep in mind that this is a very important fundraiser for the LEHS Band which is why they need to charge admission. As someone who’s hosted marching contests before in the past, I understand where they are coming from.

Student Info

You are going to need to bring a good number of items with you on Saturday. Pay careful attention as we’ll have several different “outfits” for the day.

When you arrive in the morning, you’ll need to be wearing:

  • UnderArmor Shirt
  • Shorts for under your uniform pants
  • Marching Shoes
  • Long black socks (MUST HAVE)

You’ll need to bring your duffle bag. Inside your duffle, you’ll need out “stands uniform” which will be:

  • 2012 Your Majesty Show Shirt
  • Jeans
  • Tennis shoes

You’ll come and drop your items off in the band hall, head to the uniform racks and put on your uniform pants, grab your shako and a plume. When the whistle blows, at 11:15am on the stadium field, you’ll be wearing:

  • UnderArmor Shirt
  • Uniform pants
  • Marching shoes
  • Long back socks
  • Band shako with plume

After rehearsal, we’ll hang up/return the uniform items to the racks and head to the Eagle’s Nest to eat. Inspection is at 1:00pm – you’ll have 45 minutes from rehearsal to inspection. At inspection, we’ll be dressed in and will have:

  • UnderArmor Shirt
  • Shorts for under your uniform pants
  • Marching Shoes
  • Long black socks (MUST HAVE)
  • Instrument in case (winds)
  • Duffle Bag (with your stands uniform inside: Your Majesty shirt, jeans and tennis shoes)

At 1:10pm, we’ll load buses and head to Little Elm. Upon our arrival, you’ll get all the instructions you’ll need.

After our prelims performance, we’ll get changed out of uniforms, put the uniforms back on the rack, get changed into the stands uniform and head into the stands to watch the rest of prelims.

Regardless of whether or not we place in finals, we’ll stay for the evening’s performances. Everyone will receive dinner via the contest meal plan between prelims and finals. You may want to bring additional money for souvenirs and/or concession stand goodies.

This will be a long day make sure you’re resting up throughout the week!

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