Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Trick or Treat Rittman Style

We had trick or treat earlier this evening in Rittman. The WIXYcam was around to record some of the action. As you can see, Rittman's finest were cruising the neighborhood to ensure safety for all the children. The weather was great, and the extension of Daylight Savings Time added to the fun, at least for the parents. Check out all the costumes and some of the homes here.

High School all Over Again

Well, I have this new blogging friend. Her name is Bella. And she tagged me. I've been tagged before, but this time I'm going to play.

Rules of the game are:

A)Link to the personwho tagged you(I've already done that) and post the rules on your blog(I'm doing that now.)

B)Share 7 random or weird facts about yourself(funny, I've never thought of myself as random.)

C)Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs(you mean I have to discriminate?)

D)Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog(I gotta tell them???)

1)I am a kid when it comes to celebrating my birthday. But then again, anyone who looked at this blog yesterday knows that.

2)I am the same person when I'm blogging that I am if you met me in real life.

3)I am very insecure. I'll leave out the part about being fat and not very good looking.

4)I love watching MASH. I have the complete set on DVD but still will watch it if I have the television on when it's on.

5)I enjoy making new friends through my blogs, even if they tag me for these stupid memes. Just kidding Bella.

6)I also enjoy the non blogging friends I have who give me encouragement regarding my blogs.

7)On my 21st birthday, I went around to the liquor stores to buy some spirits, just so they would card me and wish me a happy birthday(like on the Stroh's commercials running at that time.) I also went out after work that night, mixed my drinks and got sick instead of drunk.

Now I will tag Sindi, Jessica, Stacy, Pilgrim, Curmudgeon, Pat J., and Kathy(not Mrs74WIXYgrad). There are times like these I wish others had blogs. Yeah I mean you.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Best of the 2007 Rittman Indians Marching Band

St. Vincent-St. Mary band show September 8.
Drum break during (He, he, he)Wipe Out!
more to come....

It's My Birthday

52 years ago today I first came into the world. And I'm still going strong. Anything special planned today? Nope. I'll go to work during the day and take my grandchildren trick or treating this evening at the nursing home where my brother lives.

Those also born on this date include 2nd US president John Adams(1735), strongman Charles Atlas(1893)Jefferson Airplane/Starship lead singer Grace Slick(1939), The Fonz-Henry Winkler(1945) and Actor Harry Hamlin(1951).

Have a great day everyone!

Friday, October 26, 2007

From the Pressbox-Senior Night

This is the final edition of From the Pressbox for 2007.

Senior Night at Rittman Stadium: This was a night where the Rittman seniors in fall sports, cheerleaders and marching band members received deserved recognition for their years of participation.

Kickoff:The rain comes down, and the umbrellas go up. As the Rittman-Smithville matchup begins, the heavens opened. That was the first time this season the Rittman band had to wear their raincoats. Not bad for this year. Rittman has had their struggles this season. Smithville, as well is in a rebuilding season and has had a losing season, which is not common for them. I remarked to their band announcer ,as I was looking at the half full visitors bleachers, that Smithville, like everybody else, loves a winner.

Final Halftime: Smithville band performed in their raincoats this evening. The band wasn't as large as I remember past years "Marching Green Machine" groups. After a fine performance by the visitors, it's time for, one last time in 2007:


Being the last performance of the season and also the Friday before Halloween, the Rittman band came onto the field in costumes, playing "Pennsylvania 6-5000."

Next song featured a duet by Alissa and Jacob "Little Bitty Pretty One."

Next selection was a concert version of a past favorite of the past four marching seasons "Born to be Wild". Seniors, Alyssia, Andrew, Derek, Stephen, and Tyler, moved to the front of the band for this one.(see post below)

We closed marching season with Aimee and Brooke, our majorettes presenting their distinct twirling styles, while the band played "Paint it Black."

The Rittman band now gets ready for their concert season. Hopefully the first edition of "From the Bleachers" of 2008 will be posted shortly after the concert band's next performance, January 15.

Note to band parents: I now have plenty of photos from this marching season. I hope to have them on Photo Bucket in the next month. Would be sooner, but I will be on vacation in 2 weeks, and will be nowhere near a computer for about a week during that time.

To Err is Human.....

And I was too human this evening.

In the 8 seasons that I've been the Rittman band announcer, I have only committed three monumental goof ups during a show. Tonight was the third time. It was also the only time I couldn't laugh it off.

Because I was going by the prompts on the script and not by my gut reaction, I missed an introduction that would have recognized the seniors in the band.

Now during the marching season, the script never mentions the staff involved with the band. I don't write the script, but most of the time my name is the only adult name in the script and that is during our annual band show.

When the students are involved, I feel that their hard work should be recognized. If their names are in the script and I don't know how to pronounce it, I will get the correct pronunciation.

I was told that mistakes happen. Ed Sims told me tonight that I have to come back next year and do it right. Most of the students I talked to said it was no big deal. To me it is. Not because I'm a perfectionist(I'm not), but because sometimes the youth don't get credit for the good they do. I dropped the ball tonight. That's why I'm whipping myself.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Funky Followup

A few weeks ago I blogged about the Funky Winkerbean comic strip and the passing away of Lisa Moore. After a couple of weeks of tying up some loose ends and the watching of Les in his grieving process, Tom Batiuk has made his "time frog" of 10 years.

Checking the Funky website, which is now updated, I notice two characters are now missing-Wally and Wally Jr. Batiuk has posted on his blog that we should just sit back and watch the story unfold.

Check out the site. Check out the strip

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Wednesday Madness

I wanted the band show post to remain on top for a couple of days, so I thought I would take a short break from blogging. Here are some short notes that I'm pecking out as I take my morning break at work.

First, as the marching band season draws to a close this week, I need to recognize the WGBB, or World's Greatest Band Boosters, my name for the Rittman Band Boosters. Once again this year they have done a stellar job in supporting the band. They have also done a good job at feeding my ego(and I eat it up). One of these fine folks has become one of my best supporters. Brenda will step aside, as her son graduates at the end of the school year. It's been a real pleasure working with her and I am looking forward to our continued friendship. Brenda has also been a contributor to this blog, sending me photos from band concerts and from the Florida trip last spring. On the band show post, Brenda is in the top picture, to the right of her good friend and longtime band booster, Luann.

Now if you don't mind, I want to rant. 2 weeks ago a 14 year old suspended student went into a school in downtown Cleveland with the intent on going on a shooting spree. The police, taking a proactive stance, stormed into the school building looking for the shooter, which has been the way police have been trained since Columbine. Chances are this had saved lives. By the time they had cornered the shooter he turned the gun on himself.

One of the police on the scene had taken a picture of the shooter with his camera phone. Asa Coon, the student, was lying in a pool of his own blood after taking his life. Somehow this picture got on the Internet and ended on the website of a local radio personality who calls himself Rover. This was not only done in bad taste, but inconsiderate on the part of whoever was possible for placing the photo there. I have never seen the picture, nor do I want to. first place I read about it was this post on Ohio Media Watch. I also heard it on WKYC/3 News. I don't see what possible good could come out of a photo like that being posted on the web.

Lastly, two things remind me to write this rant. First I have been reminded that the Evil Big Box store has it's grand opening in Cleveland, which brings the first Wal Mart inside city limits. Second the CHRISTMAS shopping season is about to begin(we are not politically correct here we say MERRY CHRISTMAS). Back to the original thought. Please tell all you know that handicapped parking spaces are not cart returns.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

From the Pressbox-2007 Rittman Indians Band Revue

It was a beautiful, quiet Saturday evening in Rittman on October 20, 2007. But the quiet was about to end as over 800 student musicians from 11 schools converged on Rittman Stadium for the 17 Rittman Indian Band Revue. The stadium was decorated by the students of the Rittman Marching Band. Two concession stands were being prepared by the Worlds Greatest Band Boosters. The chaperons were in place(see picture) and the ticket booths were ready for an audience who wouldn't leave disappointed. The show was a three parter this evening. The first part I will call....Those who can teach. Those who can't...
First band on the program was the Western Reserve Rider Band. Their announcer for the evening was Edison band director, Denise Reilly. The show given was Western Reserve was a presentation of Gershwin tunes. This was Western Reserve's first visit to Rittman.

Second band on the agenda, also making the first trip to our show was from Akron. The Kenmore High School Fighting Cardinal Marching Band. Kenmore gave us a classic rock show. their tunes included "Cleveland Rocks", "Dance to the Music", and "You Really Got Me".

Next, the Panther Marching Band, from Manchester performed a Disney program. But this wasn't done by a Mickey Mouse operation. Sorry, I couldn't resist. Their selections included "Magic Carpet Ride", "Bare Necessities", "Under the Sea", and "Whole New World."

The first segment was anchored by the Edison Charger Marching Band. Their announcer for the show was Glenda Jacobs, also doing duty as the Western Reserve band director. She also got the short end of that deal.
Edison gave their usual, very entertaining, program. This time the program was different from the previous times we saw them this season. And this show ended with an appearance by the Energizer Bunny. Of course they did bring their fire extinguishers.

After a 10 minute intermission, it was time for the second part of the show, which I will call the announcer's showcase.

From Akron, came the Garfield Rams Marching Band, and their announcer, Dan Camburn(Welcome to the SHOOWWWW)made their first appearance to Rittman. Their classic rock show included "Free Ride," "Get Down Tonight," and "Party Like a Rock Star"

The next band up was the band from the best school in Portage County(according to Ed Sims) the Rootstown Rover Marching Band. The substitute announcer for the show was the best announcer in Wayne County(according to a lot of people). The Doobie Brothers hits, "Long Train Runnin'," "China Grove," "Free Ride," and "Listen to the Music",

Vermillion brought us the Sailor Marching Band. Their announcer, Sandy Kish Jordan, has had some big shoes to fill this season, as she replaces long time announcer Pat Price. She didn't miss a beat, introducing such tunes as, "Santana," "Copa Cabana," and "Takin' it to the Streets".

Last band of the second portion, making it's first appearance in Rittman was the "Loud is Good" people, the Hudson High School Swing Marching Band, and their announcer, Sergio Irarte. The 290 member Swing band gave us "Girl From Impanena" " Rainy Days and Mondays" and "Lady of Spain." Sergio ended the program by thanking Ed Sims for inviting Hudson to a band show on the biggest baseball night of the year.

After another 10 Minute intermission, where there was one happy attendee from Mogodore, who won the 50/50 jackpot of almost 400 dollars.

The third part of the show, the finale, was next. All bands this portion were repeat visitors to the Rittman Show.

First from Crestview, was the Marching Cougar Pride. Their program included the Journey hit, "Any Way You Want it."

Next was the Mogodore Wildcat Marching Band. They gave us some good, clean fun with "Splish Splash" followed by the "Theme from the Magnificient 7", "Devil with the Blue Dress On", "In a Gadda Di Vida" and wrapping up with The Horse".

Now it's time for the host band, the Rittman Indians Marching Band,, directed by Ed Sims, majorettes under the direction of Becky Cline.

The marching Indians came onto the field playing the Village People hit song, "YMCA." The guest bands and the audience all got into it. Next was "Old Time Rock And Roll," and the Indian Band's critically acclaimed suicide drill.

From the Disney Channel hit "High School Musical" came the next selection, "We're All in This Together", followed with our majorette feature, "Paint it Black". "Rock N Roll All Nite" showcased the vocal talents of our local musicians and led to the finale, Wipe Out. At the end of the show, the Rittman band was given a long, loud, standing ovation .

There was only one thing left to do and that was to give all the bands trophies. that was due to the fact that even though this wasn't a competition, everybody who showed up was a winner this evening. The last photo from the band shoow was of Ed Sims presenting the hard working Rittman seniors with a trophy for their participation for the past four years while representatives from other bands looked on.

From my perspective, it was a great show, with over 800 hard working, very respectful, students giving us a showcase of talents that would serve them well in life.

Thanks go to all the parents who brought their children up well, the relatives and friends that comprised the audience, and all those who made them feel at home on Saturday night.

Thanks also goes to Brett Lanz, Rittman High principal, for being behind the scenes(and serving as my producer)ans helping to assure that everything went smoothly.

Once again thenks go to Ed Sims and Becky Cline for all their hours of hard work and dedication. And once again I have got to thank the Worlds Greatest Band Boosters,for all their moral support and hard work to make sure that the band, audience, and announcer were taken care of.

One more performance for the Rittman Marching Band, and that will be during halftime Friday night as the Rittman football team wraps up their season against Smithville.