It’s the end of the show.
The awards ceremonies.
Whole bands sitting in the stands, cheering the winners’ exhibition performance in a display of sportsmanship we probably ought not take for granted.
It’s the entire extended band family bidding farewell to two Millers after thirty amazing years.
Starting tomorrow, for several consecutive weeks, it will all happen again. Some of the same youth and lots of new ones will perform new shows for the first time in competition — and, too soon, for the last time.
Another year of work and discipline. Another season of beauty and grace.
It’s one of the world’s goods.