Count It Up, Count It Up, Count It Up...
…Line 'em up, line 'em up, line 'em up.
On September 22, the Red & White Brigade took to the field in competition for the first time in 2018. For those of you who don’t know what that is… the Red & White Brigade is the marching band at Fort Osage High School. My daughter is a member (she plays flute) and loves marching band as much as her dad and mom did when they were in high school. Mom was in the Red & White Brigade, and a section leader for the flutes. I was the Drum Major for Yankton High School Marching Band.
Marching band is a great test of character. There are HOURS of practice if you expect to be good (Talia spends over 10 hours each week at practice, not to mention 80 hours over the summer). I’m so proud of all of them for the hard work they put in during the season. They also must be focused. They only get 10 minutes to show what they are capable of. There is no second half. No time-outs. No next time. One shot to perform.
I’m glad that GOD doesn’t treat us the way the judges treat a band. Looking for every mistake that is made and giving them only one chance. I blew that one chance long ago, and without GOD’s grace, I'd have no shot at making it to heaven.
2 Peter 3:9
“The LORD does not delay HIS promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.”
“But YOU, LORD, are a compassionate and gracious GOD, slow to anger and rich in faithful love and truth.“
Thank you LORD for being slow to anger, compassionate, gracious, and patient. I need those things!
Back to September 22. The day started at 8 AM in a small town of Buckner. The marched a parade in the morning. After the parade they went back to school and got in one final rehearsal before they loaded the buses for Blue Spring South High School and the KC Championships. The had time to get dressed, warm-up, grab a snack, and then they performed at 7 PM. Awards were at 9:30 PM and Talia finally got home at 11 PM.
The marching competition was tough. The top five groups were very close (in my opinion). The Red & White Brigade took 5th in this competition. There were twelve teams there to compete and we brought home a trophy. Not a bad day, and to make it better, we got to see our niece and family friends from other schools also perform. Enjoy some images from the day!
Song: Blessings by Lecrae