Good morning CFHS Band family!
I've been up for a while this morning because my mind and heart are racing simultaneously with excitement and stress!
First things first - the uniforms are now expected to ship next WEDNESDAY. WHICH MEANS THEY WOULD GET HERE ON THURSDAY. AND THEN WE WOULD HAVE THEM FOR STATE. My oh my. Keep every finger crossed for the next 144 hours. If I have to drive down to Missouri and put them in the back of my car - we will have those uniforms.
If you are involved in two things on Saturday (like cross country, or the U.S. Women's gymnastics event) then keep reading. If you are not doing two things on Saturday, you can stop reading this email and instead go light a candle for the uniforms to arrive.
CROSS COUNTRY: I've been talking with Coach Swanson and it sounds like you should be able to do both events. You will need to check your schedules and the race plan, etc. but if the latest you leave Chippewa is noon on Saturday you would get to Minneapolis at 1:30pm with 45 minutes to spare. You should make sure your instrument is loaded on the trailer after Friday's football game and then you should be SURE to find a RESPONSIBLE friend who can unload, unpack, and carry your instrument into the stadium for you. You should change into your uniform on the drive to Minneapolis. Realistically you will be meeting us in the tunnel - rely on the Youth in Music volunteers to help you get to the right spot.
US OLYMPIC GYMNASTICS: I don't know many details about this event but it sounds like you could be picked up by your parents during the dinner break at 5pm. That would be the "simple" option as we will all be in a group in a guaranteed location - inside the stadium. A staff member can escort you as a group to the exit and wait outside with you for your parents. We will need to coordinate which exit/street we would be meeting on. The other option is for your parents to pick you up around 3:00pm when we are in the parking lot and re-loading the trailer. The only hang-up with this option is that our travel and pack time might fluctuate. Talk with your families and come up with a plan. My preference is 5pm, because then I can control more variables. Let me know what works for your situation.
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