iOS 13

iOS 13 – One Week Later

It has been a week since I wiped my iPhone Xr and updated it to iOS 13. Since then, I have downloaded a number of apps which I use on a regular basis and (apparently) could not live without for even that short period of time. These are essential apps for me, and I thought I would share them with you in case you find them useful as well. I have sorted the apps by App Store category and provided links so you can find and install them quickly and easily.

2019 Indoor Season

2019 Winter Guard International Percussion World Championships Day 1

Event: Percussion Scholastic A Prelims

Location: University of Dayton Arena

Schedule: 10 AM – 8 PM

2019 Indoor Season

2019 Ohio Indoor Performance Association State Championships

It’s the beginning of the end of the 2019 indoor season. All across the country, indoor color guards, drum lines, and winds groups are gathering for their state and regional association championships. Some are also preparing for the 2019 Winter Guard International championships in just a few weeks. Nevertheless, it’s a bittersweet time as the members of these groups prepare to perform together for the final time this season.

For me, the end begins in Wapakoneta High School in Wapakoneta, Ohio, site of the 2019 Ohio Indoor Performance Association state championships. The championships take place over the weekend of March 30 (color guard) and March 31 (drum line and winds). Hundreds of young performers will spin, dance, and play in front of their family, friends, instructors, and fans while also competing for the chance to be champions in their class.

As I have in the past, I will be providing social media coverage for both days of OIPA championships. Be sure to follow the OIPA social media feeds to see all of the photos I post online. If you’re at the event, make sure you also post your photos and updates using the hashtags #oipa2019 and #oipafinals, as well as tagging OIPA’s social media accounts.

Also, if you’re at the event, be sure to find me so I can take a picture of you and post it on the feed!

Will I see you in Wapakoneta? Let me know in the comments below. Add your performing group if you’ll be on the floor.

2019 Indoor Season

2019 Ohio Indoor Performance Association Firestone Weekend Photos

Congratulations to all the performers who took part in this past weekend’s Ohio Indoor Performance Association events at Firestone Community Learning Center in Akron, Ohio. This was a showcase of wonderful performances in the last regular season OIPA weekend before championships.

2019 Indoor Season

2019 Ohio Indoor Performance Association Firestone Competitions

After a month and a half, I’m back in the indoor world!

The Ohio Indoor Performance Association will hold it’s 2019 Firestone competitions on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17 at the Firestone Community Learning Center in Akron, Ohio. With just two weeks remaining in the OIPA season and Winter Guard International championships next month, this will be an excellent opportunity to check out the great colorguard, percussion, and winds groups Ohio has to offer.

I will be attending both events running OIPA’s social media coverage of all performing groups. If you will be at either show, whether you’re a performer, staff member, admin, volunteer, parent, or just a fan, be sure to say hi! I’d love to post a photo of you enjoying the show to OIPA’s Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts. You can also post your own photos with the hashtags #oipafirestone and #oipa2019.

OIPA social media accounts:

Directions to Firestone Community Learning Center:

Saturday schedule
Sunday schedule


How I Twitter

1. Lists. This and Tweetdeck (more on that shortly) are the two best functions/services Twitter provides its users. With lists, I can categorize the accounts I follow. What are my friends up to? Check my Friends list. What’s the latest news? Let’s take a look at the accounts in my News list. I still check my generic Twitter feed to pass the time (better than watching a progress bar while at work), but I use lists to filter out the white noise whenever possible.

2. Threader. This Twitter account is actually a web application which will compile (or unroll) a Twitter thread into a single web page. I find this function especially useful when somebody like Seth Abramson posts an especially insightful thread which goes into double digit territory.

3. Tweetdeck. I put Tweetdeck to good use, especially when I’m following a live event such as a baseball game or the Oscars. This is where I tend to do my most interaction with other Twitter users and is a great way to follow the lists I talked about in #1 above.

How do you Twitter?

2019 Indoor Season

2019 Winter Guard International Troy Indoor Percussion Regional

With the cancellation of the OIPA Premiere due to weather, my first indoor marching arts event of the 2019 season becomes the Winter Guard International Troy Indoor Percussion Regional. The Troy regional is one of two percussion regionals taking place during the first weekend of WGI’s 2019 season.

The regional takes place on Saturday, February 9, in the Troy Athens High School gymnasium. The day is split up into a preliminary competition starting at 11 AM and a finals competition starting at 5 PM.

I will be working on the WGI social media team, switching between their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Snapchat accounts. Be sure to subscribe to and follow those accounts on the 9th so you can see my posts! If you’ll be at the Troy regional, be sure to share your photos and comments on social media with the hashtag #wgitroy

Will you be at the Troy regional, either with a performing group or as a fan? Let me know in the comments below!

2019 Indoor Season

2019 Ohio Indoor Performance Association Premiere

The first event of the 2019 indoor season takes place in less than two weeks at Marion Harding High School in Marion, Ohio. The 2019 premiere event for the Ohio Indoor Performance Association will feature judged exhibition performances by percussion and color guard units from various competing levels.

2019 Indoor Season

The 2019 Indoor Season Is Here

New year, new marching arts seasons.

In just two weeks, the first event of the 2019 indoor color guard, percussion, and winds season takes place. Thousands of performers will start taking the floor, literally, to entertain the fans and compete with each other, culminating in April at the Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, Ohio.


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