By Mackenzie Thomas
One tradition that began last year was the “Eyes With Pride” ritual. Last year, our drum majors began this tradition. At the end of a rehearsal or a performance, one of our drum majors will conduct a call and response exercise. When we have finished this, we stand for 60 seconds and think about our rehearsal and performance. Mentally, we go through what happened and think of ways to improve what didn’t go well, and to maintain and better the things that did go well. This tradition is special because it demonstrates our unity and our pride in our organization. We are all working toward a common goal, and if we aren’t all giving our best, things won’t go as well as most of us would hope.
A second thing the band began last year is affectionately referred to as “the band blob”. This is a way for band members to clear their head. This tradition demonstrates just how comfortable the band is with one another. We will lie on the ground and rest our heads on each other’s stomachs and put our legs over each other’s legs. And then we will just relax and chat with each other and enjoy a few moments to clear our heads and have fun with our friends.
A tradition that is beginning this year is the Kuna Marching Invitational, also known as the KMI. For the first time, THE Kuna Gold is hosting a marching competition. This competition is going to be held on Saturday, October 26th, 2013 at Kuna High School. There will be more than 10 bands participating in this inaugural competition. Attending are Skyview, Mountain Home, Eagle, Boise, Ontario, Meridian, Middleton, Rocky Mountain, Cambridge, Melba, and many more. Awards will be given for outstanding captions in music, visual, and general effect as well as the top three bands placement and a spirit award. The first band is scheduled to perform at 1:00 pm. Admission costs are $8 for adults, and $6 for seniors over 55 and children under 12. Come join us for our inaugural Kuna Marching Invitational and help us make history and start a new tradition. The multi-award winning Kuna Gold Band and Guard will be performing their 2013 field show, Espionage, as an exhibition at the event as well as the Kuna Middle School Beginning and Advanced Band.
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