Among all of this, as I mentioned yesterday, I had a chance to see the Baldwin Winter Guard compete in their regional championship at the high school. While I'd seen them perform at the football games over the past few years, the indoor routine was much more impressive as they had the creative, space, and music to create the show they wanted. The title of their routine was "Elements" (or maybe "The Elements"...something Element related) and featured a mixture of different colored flags representing the earth, air, fire, water, and an added "ether" effect about halfway through the show. The only disappointing feature of the performance (aside from a narrow defeat) was that it was the only one I could see this year. I'm not sure if the team performs throughout the season, but I wish they had competitions coming up. The other big Baldwin event yesterday was the Winter Drumline who took first place in their category. I have picture of the Winter Guard below, and embedded the videos as well (someone obviously broke the "no videos" rule. It wasn't me, but I'm not complaining).
After spending Thursday at the Baldwin Baseball game, and the National Honor Society meeting, and Saturday at the school watching the teams compete, I'm continually impressed by the creative energy from the students. I don't always see it in English class, which is understandable, but it's nice to know it's there. If only there was a reasonable way to break down some of the existing barriers in the school day merge literature and English with the creative energies of the students' real passions. Maybe someday rather than beginning class with an appeal for silence, I'll be able to say "is the unit ready? You may enter the floor" and see what happens...