The second and last California rehearsal, held at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, undoubtedly became the most meaningful one for staff and students alike.
In addition to a common desire to end their season on a strong note, a speech given to students by Dr. David Fullmer, director of bands at Snow College, provided an atmosphere of pride, energy and enthusiasm that hadn’t been seen in previous rehearsals. He demanded the students to recognize that “love is a choice”, so that they acknowledge the importance of putting intent behind every one of their actions.
“Don’t look at the worms”, he admonished. The mantra, which encouraged students to resist staring at the ground, reminds students that looking at the ground implies fatigue to audiences. Freshman Kaylie Klausing said that, “We weren’t great in the beginning, but after Dr. Fullmer talked to us, we got a lot better”.
Following rehearsal, the Notre Dame Marching Band generously provided a lasagna lunch for the Punahou group. Over the meal, students from both bands got a chance to mingle with each other. Despite cultural and geographic differences, members immediately connected with each other through having similar marching band experiences.
The remainder of the day was spent at the Citadel Outlets, though it ended up being only an hour in order to get to bed as early as possible. The Rose Parade requires a 4:30 a.m. wakeup, but it’s the reason why the band is here!