October 8, 2009
Ann Carpenter and Virginia Mitchell celebrate birthday
Happy birthday to Ann Carpenter and Virginia Mitchell, who celebrated Saturday night with a family dinner at JB’s Restaurant. Jane Ann and Mark Autry and children, Maura Jane and Kelley, and Byrne Carpenter and children, Lilly Grace and Lane, of Senatobia, were in attendance for the festive event.
Saturday, we went to a band showdown in Southaven at the Southaven High School. Not having a school band, but being lucky enough to hear Holly High’s wonderful band daily, I was not quite sure what a showdown entailed. My niece, Tamra Bordelon, of Saucier, was up here with her band, Harrison County High School. She is in the color guard, which I also had no knowledge about until Saturday.
Apparently, high school marching bands, along with their color guards, come from all over to compete in these competitions. There were many different schools represented but their band was, by far, the one that travelled the farthest to compete.
Each band had a 15-minute time limit, which I thought was bizarre. Why would anyone work so hard and drive so far a distance for 15 minutes on a football field? My sister-in-law, Debie Bordelon, explained to me that they have to limit the time because they do, after all, perform during half time of a football game. Duh!
Caitlyn asked, at one point, if she could get a T-shirt. Her plans? To wear it on “Nerd Day” during Homecoming week - she could be a “band geek.” Little did she know, band is something taken very seriously by those who compete in band. Some movies, (“American Pie” comes to mind) put band members in an unsavory light...as if they are all “geeks” and “nerds.” That was proven untrue as we watched hoards of children perform Saturday afternoon and into the evening. At one point, there were more band members on the field from one school than we have in our entire school.
It was amazing to see the talent that the bands from our area have, as Collierville, Olive Branch, Lewisburg (which has only been open four years and took plenty of awards home with them that evening) and, of course, DeSoto Central all competed. It would not be a waste to go to any of those schools on any given Friday night just to see their bands perform at half time.
Grady thought that “we got robbed” at the end of the competition, as Tamra’s band only received an Honorable Mention plaque. What was unreal to me was that some of the best bands there, in my opinion, only received the Honorable Mention. I believe, last Caitlyn counted, DeSoto Central racked up 15 trophies, including “Best Overall Band” - which included different sized schools from AA to AAAAA. Home cooked were the words that came to mind, but whatever.
Our family got to see something that we have only seen on television or, to put it in perspective, during a college football game - high school bands battling it out for best of show. Some bands even used props, which went along with the theme of their performance. Tamra’s band was “Macy’s Christmas,” where they played Christmas tunes that everyone could sing along with, if necessary.
I was disappointed that Holly High did not have their band in this competition. Just from what I hear from my house, they could have blown DeSoto Central’s band out of the water - hands down! Maybe next time...
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