Marching Band Adjudication Services
You do not see us, but we move among you with our special lenses and very small notebooks. Once in a great while, a part of us will grow fond and rush to cradle the elbow that is about to give beneath your sousaphone just to see you gleam and sound against the dark of the sky’s decaying teal. Yes: even those charged with the rigorous application of standards grow weak trying to bear the terrible negotiations of energy with shapes such energy rushes against. Some call us angels. We are only given to say how far into the air got the sound you asked to move through such puzzles of brass and wood and flesh and skin pulled tight— I remember moving through an expensive restaurant with more of my kind. Candles desperately licked in rows beneath thorny crystals: the light rivered along the white, white tablecloths of the empty tables as we swept toward the porch in the back to eat beyond our means, always beyond our means, beneath the questions crickets chisel out of quiet when the lights go out.