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BC: Made with love and giggles Marissa Van Kooten and Courtney Zonnefeld 2012

FC: Rachel

1: A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... never mind. Actually, a few years ago in the DMCS band room... three hippies (Tangerine Dream, Harmony Jasmine, and Rainbow Destiny) embarked on a journey that would change their lives forever. Harmony Jasmine, their dear leader (and macadamia nut-giver), will soon be embarking on her own journey into the mysterious land... of Iowa State. This is a visual record of their numerous exploits across time, space, and the 50 yard line.

2: Aaron Copland- America's Composer | "You have to roll your feet, Courtney! The judges will eat you up with their cornflakes for breakfast!" ~Rachel

3: M B 1 0

5: One bright morn, an idea sparked in the flutistas' minds. How about an ugly Christmas sweater pep band night? We all love gaudiness, don't we?

6: When playing a lovely transcendentalist song ("Earthdance"), Tangerine Dream, Harmony Jasmine, and Rainbow Destiny discovered their inner hippies. They found further enlightenment by listening to the likes of John Lennon. Unfortunately, the attempt to install a disco ball over their section was squelched. | Old Man Moses in his younger days | Our Mantra | No Disco :( | Inspiration

7: Over the summer, the flutists realized their desire to communicate could not be satisfied with mere text messages. They must meet in person! Thus, a flute date was arranged. Sadly, the paparazzi and scribes did not follow. Their excursion entailed visits to HuHot, World Market, Skate North, and Van Dee's.

8: The flutistas brought along one of their favorite percussionists, as well as their enthusiasm, to cheer their favorite fishie at her swim meet.

9: James Curnow Love | Ugly Christmas Sweater Love | The Twisted Affections

10: DMC MB 2011

11: Like A Villain

13: Before yet another stunning marching band performance, Harmony Jasmine was crowned homecoming queen. "Daydream believers and the homecoming queen!"

14: Like father, like daughter

15: To Be Gaudy

16: HEY! HEY BABY! I wanna know (oh oh oh) if you'll be my GUY!

18: "WEE. As it should be." | Hey Jude! | "Funky Town?" "NOT AGAIN!!" | Fight Song! Dada dada daaa dada.

19: Creepin' in the Time-Out Corner

20: For years, whispers of a band performance in Florida had tantalizingly floated through the fair flutists' minds. In the year of 2012, these daydreams became a reality. At 5:30 A.M. on a brisk March morning, only the faint streetlights shone in the still, expectant dark as the flutists boarded a large charter bus and bid goodbye to Iowa.

21: This bus became the centerpiece of the rampant insanity that pervaded the entire journey - from "Interlude" dances to Disney sing-alongs. When the trio stepped outside the crowded vehicle, they found themselves in a whole new world... Walt Disney World! At long last, the day had come when they could roll-step down the street, their flutes glinting in the sparkling sunlight and their plumes pointed towards Cinderella's Castle.

22: Silliness is a universal virtue, so it must not stop when a trip does. The week after their return from Florida, all three hippies showcased their instrumental skills at a Solo-Ensemble Festival. Interpretive dancing along with the playing, to one flutist's dismay, was discouraged. Though strange mysteries such as the infamous "WH" incident did occur, nothing could destroy the hilarious memories that were created that day.

23: To end the year with a fortissimo "bang," the trio and their band comrades journeyed to Pella to flaunt their marching skills. Bittersweet feelings began to gather as the seniors dusted off their instruments and adjusted their shakos for their final march. This nostalgia could not continually reign, however; it was soon overridden by a fresh source of joy and celebration - brand-new band uniforms! The flutists were dazzled by the towering feathered plumes, glittering silver stripes, and iconic navy crosses of the remarkable new attire. Such beauty had to be shared with the world. So it was that Harmony Jasmine, Tangerine Dream, and Rainbow Destiny set out on one last crusade.

25: The year finally concluded yet another bittersweet event as Harmony Jasmine graduated from high school. Her leadership had guided the group through a series of silly, ridiculous, gaudy, and all-around insane incidents, and now it was Iowa State University's turn to experience her antics. As the younger two hippies looked back at all the memories that had been created, they laughed and smiled at the changes that occurred throughout the years. They realized that, though the saga of the three high school hippies had concluded, their adventures could still continue through high school and beyond - traveling into the galaxies and journeying into the faraway realms of outer space, and most importantly, never forgetting their times on the 50 yard line.

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Marissa Van Kooten
  • By: Marissa V.
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  • Title: Rachel's Grad Gift
  • Tags: graduation, senior
  • Published: over 4 years ago

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