Monday, November 30, 2015

Marching Season

Mason's senior year marching season is over. Again, I "borrowed" other people's pictures to post here.

In no particular order.....
 And lastly, the seniors.

Band Seattle Trip

 Mason had a great time on the Seattle trip. They had a packed itinerary with cool tourist spots and neat restaurants.

I "borrowed" other people's pictures from Mason's Seattle trip to post them here.

 Space Needle.
Nov 20th
Rehearsal for the performance later that evening.
Band kids all cleaned up for the performance.
The saxophone quartet received a standing ovation from the audience at the conference. Mason's band director shared that he overheard a teen girl in the audience say, "I'm going to marry that Bari Sax player!"
Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour
Nov 21st
 Thinking of Noah.
 Argosy Harbor Tour, Pier 55
Nov 22nd
Pike's Place 
Mason ran into a Klein Oak band buddy, Jerome. It's a small world after all.
Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe
The Hawks have landed back in Austin. 
Nov 23rd
 This is the Wind Ensembles professional photo taken for the WIBC program.

Seattle Send Off Concert

As a member of the Wind Ensemble, Mason gets to take part in a trip to Seattle, Washington. The Wind Ensemble auditioned and was one of four high school bands around the US to be chosen to perform at The Western International Band Clinic in November.

The Sunday before they left, they had a "send off" concert. We drove up to hear the Wind Ensemble, a special quartet saxophone piece, and meet Mason's new girlfriend, Ashley.

This band has worked hard. Ed and I think this is probably the best Hawk Band concert we have heard over the years. Yes, that good!

The Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Gunderson. 
 The saxophone quartet performed a fun piece, with Mason on the Bari Sax.
 They received a standing ovation!
 This face! I just want to....
 ....squeeze those cheeks!
 Meet Ashley! 
She joined us for the concert and dinner afterwards at Chili's before we headed back to Spring.

Mini Makers Fair

On November 14th Ed, Dane and I headed down to the Mini Makers Fair in the Houston Convention Center.  We were not really sure what to expect. As it turned out, it was one big Nerdvana event. Dane and Ed were in heaven!

Here are a few pictures of a few of the cool activities they saw/participated in.

Giant bubbles
 Gummy Bear Catapults
 Make your own pinball machine.
 Air powered rockets
 Remote control robots
 High school robot arena for battles.
 The singing fish art car.
(Can't wait to see the art car parade in April!)
 An R2-D2 type robot.
Hands on building- a dinosaur pin with a flashing LED light. 
Dane did a good job with the sauntering gun.
 The finished product.
 Do it yourself printing press.
 The finished product and one happy boy!