On Saturday, Oct. 1, the Timber Creek Band will travel to Conroe, Texas for their first marching competition of the season, BOA Conroe. BOA, short for Bands of America, is a rigorous program that many bands across the whole country participate in. This year, a goal of the band is to make finals at a BOA competition, which isn’t easy to do.
“I think we’ll be the first band at Timber Creek to make finals at a BOA contest,” said Noah Pujol, woodwind captain. “The band has been doing a tremendous job preparing for this contest. Rehearsals have been very efficient, and we’ve been able to move at a much faster pace than last year and accomplish higher level goals.”
The band has been practicing long hours to make sure their show entitled “Con-chair-to” can be the best it can possibly be.
“We’ve been practicing hard nearly everyday of the week since the beginning of August. There’s a lot more that goes into an eight-minute marching show than one would think,” said drum major Aatmun Baxi. “Everything builds on itself, and adding more things into the show like visuals and dancing is a constant process.”
Although the band has been practicing for so long and has had multiple opportunities to perform the show at football games, there are still mixed emotions about this weekend’s competition.
“I am both excited and nervous,” said drum major Kacie Carlson. “It is our first contest of the season which is always exciting, but I am also nervous because we have been working so hard, and I really want us to make finals.”
Aside from the competition, going on a trip with the band is its own unique experience.
“There are two philosophies when going on a long bus ride: get lit or get sleep,” said Baxi. “The rest is pretty self explanatory.”
The band leaves early Saturday morning for their trip to Conroe, so be sure to wish them the best of luck!
“We hope to get two things from Conroe,” said Baxi. “One of them is the achievement of being the first band from Timber Creek to make finals at a BOA competition, and experience going into our BOA Dallas competition. The Dallas competition is far more difficult than the Conroe competition, and we hope to get a good metric of how we will perform for the rest of the season there.”