Spradling also said that the show is not only about a people seeking the freedom to grow and overcome life’s challenges through peaceful resistance, it is, more importantly an affirmation that each student in the staffs’ care is as unique and beautiful as the flowers that grow in a garden.
“I have been amazed at the outpouring of support and love from our parents as we work together to cultivate our ‘garden’ of talented young people as they blossom,” Spradling said. “Here’s hoping that the final performance can be a reflection of all those pursuits.”
Concord won the Class B ISSMA state finals in 2011 and placed fifth last year.
Fairfield (Class C)
Andrew Muth is in his second year as Director of Bands at Fairfield Junior/Senior High School. And he is headed to ISSMA State Finals for the second time.
Muth has marched as a band member many times at state. He knows that judging can be subjective. But he’s also confident that this year’s show is a winner — if not in the minds of the judges, than definitely in the minds of the band.
“I have marched in shows that I felt like were easily the top contender of the day. And I’ve gotten sixth place with those shows,” Muth said. “You have to walk away and say, ‘Well, that six people’s opinions.’ It’s really about the show and how you feel about it.”
For Muth, Fairfield’s semi-state performance last Saturday felt very good.
“Right now I feel like that show was about 98 percent,” he said. “And sometimes that last two percent can make the biggest difference.”
This week the band and color guard worked on perfecting that two percent.
“We learned a lot from the judge’s tapes,” he said. “So right now it’s about tightening everything down and paying attention to the smallest details. It’s really about being superior in every detail — not almost superior.”