|Cougar Pride Drum Line '08-'09|
I first "got them" when they were Freshmen. They were so tiny! Even my "Big Man" had yet to really reach his big man potential yet *laugh*. I remember being told by my junior and seniors, at the time, that this incoming group was "tight", "fire", "really good", etc...and all I could think was "Mmmm-hmmmm...we'll see".
A few memories from that first year: Sean and his insatiable need to be the comedian. Forrest and his little twisties. Jeff and his inability to find his LEFT! LEFT! LEFT! Kris who was *so* quiet and Tevin who literally stepped into the role of bottom bass drum about three weeks after we had already begun. This kid showed up with Jeff to rehearsal, I said "Here's your stuff, here's your drum, hold on tight and let's go!" He picked it up like a champ especially since he was an Orchestra convert.
|Cougar Pride Drum Line '09-'10|
Their Sophomore year brought our first competition ever. I had tried for about two or three years prior to get us ready for the Carrollton Drum Line competition but to no avail. I had as of yet hit my stride as an instructor, and had yet to have a group of kids who ALL wanted to be involved in the extra work that's required to do what we do. I finally struck gold with the group pictured above. I was *SO* nervous that day. Had we prepared "Cheetah" enough, was the crowd going to like it, were the*judges* going to like it..would we place within the top three?!?! We achieved all that and more. They made me so proud, they played their hearts out, and we brought home the 2nd place trophy. We were estactic. That spring, we finished out the year with a I at Districts with our "A Few Good Men" ensemble that we then took to State and brought home a I as well. :)
|Golden Eagle Drum Line '10-'11|
|Me and "The Five" w/my Survivor Award|
|Golden Eagle Drum Line '11-'12|
|"Bound for Marakesh" ensemble|
These boys have set the standard for everyone who will come behind and have plans to train the incoming flock seeing as it's a rebuilding year for me. I am going to miss these boys like no other. Yet again, I say that about my Seniors every year *laugh*. They are leaving a huge void to be filled, but I know that through time others will step up to the plate and finish what they have started.
So to "MY Five" ;) I wish you well as you embark on this next chapter of your life. May you find whatever it is you're looking for and grow into yourselves and the fine men you are becoming more and more with each passing day. You have truly made these past four years a joyous wonder and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you have done for me, for us, and for the Line. Your memory will live on forever.
Much love, Mama Stout