Bravura and the Army Song

No PT this morning, so I got up at 6 instead of 4. It sure is nice to be able to sleep in 2 days a week (not counting weekends). Of course, there are some people out there (hi Rick!) that even 6 is too early for them. We spent all morning practicing for our conducting evaluations that are tomorrow. The first 2 hours were spent in our classroom just practicing by ourselves, and then we went down to one of the rehearsal rooms and actually got to play through them. The instructor/evaluator talked to each of us after our turn to let us know what we still needed to work on. I really didn’t have much, except in Ruffles & Flourishes/General’s March and the National Anthem. And one of our SGL’s took me in the hall afterward to relate some of her experiences and stuff to me to help me, and she told me that I had the best military bearing out of everyone that had gone so far! And now for the subject line explanation. We have to do a pre-music march (our choice), arrival of the official party (National Emblem), Honors (2 Ruffles & Flourishes & The General’s March), the National Anthem, and the Army Song. The march of choice for pre-music for most of the 15 of us in the class is Bravura. And we also played the Army Song 15 times today and will do so again tomorrow. So now you understand my subject line.

After lunch, we had our practice hour, and then I stopped to pick up mail. Nothing. Not a thing. 22 soldiers in our 2 classes, and no mail. Bummer. The rest of the afternoon was practicing with our maces outside. They pretty much let us do whatever we needed to do – some people worked by themselves, some in a larger group, some (like me) in a small group. I worked through some of my trouble spots and am starting to get the flow of things better.

After classes were over for the day, I went out to the commissary to get a few things and then home for a nice long shower, call Ryan & Robbie, eat, practice my conducting a little, and then stitch/watch TV. It was a very good day.

Overnight low: 40
Today’s high: 52

From Frisbee Football to DNCO

PT was fun this morning. We played frisbee football for about 1/2 hour. It was BNCOC (my class) versus ANCOC (the advance course) and the cadre. They won, but it was still fun. And I even managed to score once for my team! That’s always exciting.

The rest of the morning was pretty much the usual – mace for 2 hours and then 2 hours of the history of country music, and then conducting. After lunch was our practice hour, mail call (lots for me again, and a few other things), MIDI, and rehearsal techniques. I had to leave before reh. tech. was over as I had to get to Scott Hall (the basic student barracks) for my briefing. I was the Duty NCO (DNCO) this evening – from 4-10:30. It wasn’t too bad and I sure got a lot of PT in – had to do a security check every hour (so 6 of them) and there are 3 buildings with 3 floors each and I had to check each floor of each building plus around the buildings each time. I had to have a male escort when I went on the male floors (7 of the 9 floors), but my phone watch or roving security came with me and announced “Female on the deck” on each floor. Deck because this is a Navy base and they call floors decks. I wear a pedometer just to see how much walking I do each day. Well, today I walked 9.9 miles! I think I’m going to stretch good before I go to bed.

During my DNCO shift, I had 3 students that I had to make new keys for (key cards), 2 that locked themselves out of their rooms, a broken mirror (the nail it was hanging on decided it didn’t want to be in the wall anymore), 2 Marines on extra duty for being late to formation, and my own lock-out. I had just made a key and was in the key box, thus my DNCO keys were in the key box. Then I left the office, and shut the door as I was supposed to do. However, my keys were still in the key box inside the LOCKED office. So I called the BEQ (Bachelor Enlisted Quarters) Manager and he called around and found someone that had another key to the office and I finally got back in. I did manage to get a little over 1 1/2 hours of stitching in during my 6 hour shift! LOL

I’m glad we don’t have PT tomorrow – I’m TIRED.

Overnight low: 53
Today’s high: 62

The weekend

Well, it’s hard to believe my weekend is over already. I really need to start getting up earlier. LOL Saturday I got to meet one of the ladies in my crochet group. That was fun, although we were kind of disappointed at the activity we had planned. There was a “Knit & Crochet Party” at the local A.C. Moore (craft store). We had figured that we’d be able to sit and chat and work on projects. But no – they just had a few tables set up with different demonstrations and some of the yarn was on sale. Woohoo. *rolling my eyes* So we browsed through the store a bit and then went to lunch at a Mexican place. It was really good and not expensive either. We had a good time talking and getting to know each other even though we didn’t get to crochet together. I got to meet one of her friends as well. Once I got back, I stitched for a while and chatted with Ryan and then went to McDonald’s for supper and then stitched a bit more before bed.

Today was a productive day – chatting with friends, grocery shopping at the commissary, lunch at the food court, and then mace practice and started working on my Finale final project. I also called my guys and got to see/hear Robbie playing the piano (Ryan moved the web cam so I could see him), stitched, and called my parents. I’d say it was a very good day.

Overnight low: 43
Today’s high: 62

My BLOG TAG answers

My friend Ash Blog Tagged me, so I went to her Blog and got the questions she had to answer when she was tagged and here are my answers to those questions:

1. 4 Jobs you’ve had in your life:
— Fast Food
— Casino cashier
— Substitute teacher
— Soldier

2. 4 Movies you could watch over & over ? ( in no particular order )
— Anything Disney
— Forrest Gump
— Schindler’s List
— Happy Gilmore

3. 4 Places you have lived ?
— Michigan
— South Carolina
— Korea
— Georgia

4. 4 TV programmes you love to watch! ?
— Wheel 0f Fortune
— Jeopardy
— any of the CSI shows (original, Miami, NY)

5. 4 Places you have been on Holiday ?
— Michigan
— Florida
— Wisconsin
— Pennsylvania

6. 4 Websites you visit daily ?
— Only One Ewe
— Lifes a Stitch
— Hotmail
— my own (

7. 4 of your Favourite Foods ?
— spaghetti
— mom’s meatloaf
— chocolate
— ice cream

8. 4 Places you would rather be right now ?
— Augusta, GA (home with my guys)
— Michigan (home with my family)
— in bed sleeping
— Hawaii

9. 4 Bloggers you are going to tag? ( Hope they don’t mind 🙂 )
— my Dad
— Eva
— ???
— ??? (I don’t read that many blogs)

That was fun! Now off to do my laundry for the week. . .


We started the end of the week with a run with our Sergeant Major. We went about 3 miles – not bad, and I managed to stay with the formation! The worst part was the temperature – 31 degrees with a windchill of about 25. But once we got going, it wasn’t that bad.
After a quick COLD (no hot water today for some reason) shower and breakfast and change uniforms, it was off to the school house to start the day. We had our formation at 7, and then into the classroom for MIDI and baton techniques. The last 2 periods before lunch were down in one of the rehearsal rooms with the Advanced Course students with our instruments. This was our first chance to practice our conducting. The Advanced students just did the National Anthem, but we got to start and stop a march, do Honors (2 Ruffles & Flourishes and the General’s March), and the Anthem. I did pretty well for my first time, but I do still have things to work on before our evaluations next week.

After lunch was our practice period as always. I finally found out when I will be having lessons, and who with. The three of us trombonists in the class won’t be working with the actual trombone instructor as his schedule is already over-full. We’ll be having lessons with SFC Adrian, and I have no idea what instrument he plays. My lessons are going to be on Thursdays during our practice period. Mainly I’m going to be working on my jazz sightreading.

I stopped and picked up our mail – a package for me from Ryan!!! and a card and also one other thing for someone else. The rest of the afternoon was spent outside on the field practicing our mace stuff. Everyone is making progress, some faster than others, but those of us that are catching on quicker are helping those that are struggling a little. It’s all a big teamwork thing.

Once the day was done and we had cleaned up the classroom, a group of us headed out to dinner just to relax and unwind from the week. We went to Ruby Tuesday’s and had a great time. Lots of good conversation, and the food was really good too – at least I didn’t have to cook it in my microwave. LOL After I got home, I called Ryan and then stitched for a while. I didn’t even turn my TV on – just stitched in the quiet.

Long Day

No PT this morning, but it still ended up being a long day. Formation was at 0700. We finally have a class motto – “Inspire. Entertain. Educate. HOOAH!!” I think it’s pretty neat – us NCO’s need to inspire our younger soldiers, entertain our audiences, and educate our soldiers and audiences (and ourselves) about music. It was COLD today, as you will see later, and our morning mace class was switched to the afternoon. So we did jazz reports this morning, but still didn’t finish. We also did section rehearsal techniques, MIDI, and baton techniques (conducting). After lunch was our practice period, mace, and then we finally finished the jazz reports a little after 5.

While practicing, I think I had a stranger in my practice room. My scales were faster than the past few days, and MUCH cleaner. After the first few, I was looking around to see who else was in my room. LOL Without even thinking about it, I had started playing them lighter which in turn made them faster and cleaner. Gee, imagine that!! I don’t know how long people have been telling me to lighten up my playing and I’ve never been able to do it, and now it just came out. I think we may have a breakthrough here! (Knock on wood . . .)

When we were done with our reports and cleaning the classroom and everything, several of us walked over to the Navy clothing sales to see if they had any neck gaiters so I could get one to keep me warm during our run tomorrow morning. They didn’t, but since we were there, we stopped at Subway to eat some supper. Lots of good conversation while we were eating and then on the walk back to our rooms. We all got changed out of our uniforms finally and then met back up and headed back to the school house to do our Finale homework. I finished mine about 7:45 and came home and got CSI turned on and called Ryan to talk for a while. I also got some stitching done (of course).

Overnight low: 33
Today’s high: 40 (it was 37 with a windchill of 31 when we were out doing mace training)

Jazz Reports

PT this morning was with the full Army School of Music – basic students, NCO Academy (where I am), faculty and staff. We did circuit training in the gym. It was a lot of fun and we got a pretty good workout, too. After we were done, they presented several awards and also recognized students who scored a 3.0 or higher on their last audition (there were 4 or 5 from my class) and students and faculty that scored 270 or above with 90 in each event on their last PT test. It was nice having all these soldiers recognized in front of everyone.

The rest of the morning was pretty laid back. We did score study, MIDI, baton techniques, and started our jazz presentations. I was the third one to go, and I did well. I was nervous, but I stayed within my 5-10 minute timeframe (one of few that actually did), and I even got some compliments from other students later in the day! After lunch was our practice hour, mail (one thing for me and that’s it), and then jazz reports the rest of the afternoon. Since everyone is going over on their time, we’re not even half done yet and only 2 hours on the schedule to finish them tomorrow. Once the day was done, I was done. I had no homework to do other than practicing conducting which I did in my room. I went out and found my local Michael’s store and got some thread to crochet a doily with for an exchange I joined, some cotton yarn to make a couple of dishcloths, and a few other things. Then I stopped at the commissary for milk on my way home. Once home, I called my guys and watched them on the webcam. Robbie was a lot more talkative tonight than he’s been, so hopefully he’s getting used to Mommy being gone. I got a good start on my doily while I was watching TV tonight – 3+ hours!

Overnight low: 37
Today’s high: 50