It’s December

Ok maybe this post is a couple days early, but for all intents I am right.  The concerts are in 16 days and 4 of those are weekends.  So there is a lot to do and not much time.

Pandemonium is performing at three of the Elementary Schools this year.  Thursday this week we will be at Ashley performing at 2:45pm.  Then next Monday we will be at Davis in the morning and Naples in the afternoon.  We love to play at the schools.

The annual raffle is starting up today as well.  If you want tickets be sure to get some from your favorite student.  I guess I need to get prizes ordered.

Like I said a busy month for the bands.  Happy December.

Great banquet.

Thanks to Jamie and Kathryn for organizing the banquet. Thanks to all who brought stuff. Thanks to all that came. Me and my family had a great time.

Now on to concert band season.

Desperate Need for Pictures

I am trying to put together a slide show for the banquet next week.  I need marching band pictures form this year.  If you have any please get them to me by Friday.


Great year

So the 2011 season is over. I for one will miss working on the Lost show, but look forward to new ideas. We have announced the new drum majors for next year and are excited to work with Ryan and Jake in those roles.

Now we need to work on concert band for a while and focus on making our fundamental musical skills stronger. Hope you are all ready to make some great music.

The new web site is taking shape and we are now on board with the new web site. If you want to sign up get a code from me. Let me know what you think of the new site, what you want to see, and what you think we don’t need.

Videos On Line Now

I finally have some videos up for the current season.  Go to the Marching Band page and click on the video link in the table of the schedule.

Happy viewing!

Play with a University Marching Band for the day.

I got this info from the UofU yesterday:

Dear Director,

Greetings from the University of Utah Marching Utes, the Pride of Utah!

We would like to make you aware of a unique opportunity offered to
your senior students this coming November as we host our annual
Experience event.

Experience 2011 is the opportunity for your seniors to come and learn
what it is like to participate with a university band while still in
high school. We invite your students to participate with the Marching
Utes on the field and in the stands, playing  music and cheering on
the Utes against the UCLA Bruins. Experience 2011 is on Nov. 11th and
12th and includes opportunities like:

• Social activities with the band on the night of the 11th
• Exhibition performances by the Pride of Utah
• Marching with the Utes for pre-game activities
• Performing on the field in Rice-Eccles Stadium during our pre-game
• Sitting and playing with the band in the stands during the game
• Watching the Utes during our Tribute to America half-time show

More details can be found at, or you can email
with any questions you may have.

To sign up, students should email with their
(Seniors only please):
• Name
• High School
• Instrument
• Graduating Class

Feel free to respond to this email with any questions you may have, or
if you feel you have received this email in error.

~University of Utah Marching Utes
Check us out at

Random Thoughts

Tuesday night was our first public performance for judges. It was for comments only, but you still feel the pressure to be the best. I was flustered that the show was quite disorganized getting started and we were first. I knew when our warm up time was and since there was no one official around we just started.

The warm up was great. The band has never sounded better this year. I was way stoked to go out and blow the person in the stands away. When we got to the gate, on time, we were told we had to wait for a last minute addition to the show.

So as the band sat there and got cold and unfocused I was polite and waited. Then when it is time to go on the band had a brain cramp and had some issues with the field entrance. In hindsight I think all of these things conspired to cause the train wreck that was to follow.

While watching the band I was quite discouraged. As I have had time to digest the show and listen to comments and recordings of what we did, I realize that we really do have a brilliant show, very talented kids, and a great staff. I’m just glad that it was this show we chose to implode on.

In two days we head to Payson for the first competition. There are 8 bands in our division, and at least five of the bands are very strong. We are going to have our work cut out for us, but I know we can do it. Now all we need is an audience to entertain.

Go Utes!