It feels like a week passed in one day. Went to sleep the night before feeling rubbish, having emo-ed about small things, like who I am and what my friends meant to me and how I have failed. Failed to bring more to band in terms of musicality, spirit. But went to school, collected Bio paper, missing the 4.0 by 2 marks and then going for philosophy, discussed knowledge and science before going for band. The day had begun.
Band practice with Mr Oura, he drew a cute face on his conductor’s scores to remind us to smile! :D and then, it was over all too soon, I guess he had to rush for Raffles Institution Wind Ensemble (RIWE) practice too. So, we had section time where we practiced our parts as Fluboes and tuned, and made sure we were more together. Followed by a little pep talk :)
Thereafter, it was lunch, section and changing into band uniform. Left trumpets playing with the new soccer table. Rachel and I did our hair outside cooking rooms in front of the long mirrors before going past our ex-section area, seeing the clarinets and horns playing at the 'play' area. (Clarinets were illegally playing bridge! :O) Going back to the band room, changing into band socks and shoes and wearing garters. Everyone, braiding hair, batch singing batch song and other songs.
Soon, TIME TO GO. Gathered in the foyer, the bus ride there sat with Yiwye, with Sheryl YN in front. Rachel and Sheryl in the seat in front of her, Tianyu and Josephine beside her and Claudia at the back. Joanne had to sit in front alone. Sang Perseus choir parts, as planned, warming up vocals! Not very enthusiastic participation from juniors but still. And we sang Go the Distance, At the beginning, trying to harmonise. Also I’ll be there for you. Sooner than expected we were there! The pillars were wrapped in Raffles colours for some reason, a cheering sight but we were all nervous.
Stoned in the “holding area”, which was merely a space in front of the lift because the actual holding rooms were being used by another event? Still, we spent the time as a batch in a circle, reading the programme and about other bands. Laughing at a band that had gone through “world war 3” pointed out by Mr Oura! Went into the tuning room before filing out and waiting behind the ominous doors, being the first band to play for Division I only made the wait longer as they announced us.
Played. Didn’t come in some parts, blew saliva into oboe at 138, couldn’t play for a few bars before joining in again. Filed out.
MAD RUSH. Took section photo, then ran out of school, waited with batchmates for the taxis to come but they kind of took off cos we were late so then we had to go flag. The taxi I took with yixian and yiwye was law-abiding and drove at the stipulated speed?! So we got there like, one minute late for RIWE but we begged so we managed to sneak in for Machu Picchu, the second piece. But before that, the best part is that we had to run to the door at the first floor, got refused entry, ran up to the second floor but got refused entry too then the woman told us sometimes you can hear them from the bathroom so we went in then couldn’t hear anything then we tried first floor bathroom then obviously gave up and stood outside the door watching Mr Oura conduct before finally being let in.
Saw Nanyang band come and saw simon, Yujia kept pointing him out to me and I kept missing him xD still, it was fun especially seeing our seniors but they looked a bit sad. Then they got on the bus and we saw Quanhui and Aaron outside so we got quanhui with his left hand injured! To help us take a photo then we were posing and only realised after the photo that the entire RIWE was staring at us cos the bus was just beginning to leave when we were taking the photo argh *facepalm*
Following that, we went to the mall opposite Causeway Point to have dinner. We had to separate though, sitting at different tables as we ate but we talked about random celebrities and how we saw them and Yixian saw Taufik and I saw Lynn and Shimin LOL. And Sheryl YN acted as a tree before and couldn’t stop laughing in silence as she tried to say it. Well, then we trekked the long way back to watch Nanyang play Perseus and their other piece. After watching 2 more bands, Mr Wilson Ong’s band too! Nanyang came in and sat around us cos there were no more empty seats in groups. But we went out and saw Mr Oura and collected the conductor’s scores and pored over them, exclaiming at all the good and bad comments written except one which was written in Japanese that even Yiwye couldn’t read. Perina and Qianyi came to watch the results too. Joanne managed to rush back in time with her mum.
Nervous. Holding hands tightly in a row, thinking we would be first to be announced. Still, it was Division II first. Clapping for all the bands. Then it was Division I. NERVOUS. GRABBED HANDS. Raffles Girls’ School Symphonic Band. 92, 93, 94, 95, 92 … (something like that) with an average of, 93.00% Gold. (subdued yes!) (to echoes of wow) Followed by other bands and RIWE with an average of 91.50% Gold. LONG LIVE RAFFLES (BANDS). SWEPT THE FIRST AND SECOND PLACES.
MASS HUGGING AND CHEERING AND SCREAMING. (oh yes, when RIWE’s results were announced, that side of the hall erupted in “yeahh”, did I mention how low it was?) We managed to get a hold of ourselves as we went out in the open and began to REALLY BEGIN TO SCREAM. Calling people, receiving Rachel’s sms and replied her, called her. Did UNITE, super fast cos of the RI guys, and band cheers and everything. Our seniors came over and joined our circle as we begin to scream and everything. HAHA. It was one big mess of smiles and screams and yells, not forgetting the yells. I think the RIWE people called Mr Oura and all of us shouted in the phone, THANK YOU MR OURA. :D Daddy, Mummy and Jing Yi came and I left, watching our two bands continue cheering and celebrating.
What a night.