I’m With The Band…Marching Band That Is!


This weekend was my Teenager’s first official Marching Band event of the school year.  It was also his first time functioning as one of the Trombone Section Leaders.  Now, I know I’ve complained I mean uh mentioned how the early morning practices and late evening pick-ups can be rather tiring on me as a parent and at times on him.  Still on the day of the Exhibition none of that matters.  On that day, I am Momma Cheerleader No. 1.  My lungs are tested and my vocal chords are stretched to their fullest capacity because my baby is on that field.  He needs to hear how much I support him and my pride needs to come across the only way it can, if that means screaming, yelling and yes I admit it at times screeching my support then so be it.

So our day started with one last practice early that morning.  Early being 8 am.  Ugh. So, I rolled outta bed and yes by roll I mean I was in my yoga pants and a tank but hey I made sure he was there on time water bottle and trombone in hand so that’s what matters, right? After dropping him off, I came home, woke up and fed my Kiddies.  I then tried to fit in a bit of blogging.  The practice was about 4 hours long.  So, I jumped back in my truck to go pick him up.  Once we got home, he showered, ate and rested.

I thought I had at least another 4 hours before we had to leave, so I started doing my youngest Girlie’s hair. I had only finished my oldest Girlie’s hair the day before since my fingers went numb and I had to stop.  Anyway, halfway into her hair the Teenager comes downstairs to announce that he had to leave.  My response: “Leave for what we still had like 2 hours…” “Umm Ma…I need to be back at the school 2 hours earlier than the Exhibition was set to start for another practice.”  Do you think he would’ve mention this before? Of course not!

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So after I had a mini meltdown, (I was only halfway done with my Girlie’s hair) we made the drive with half her head braided and the other half in puff-puffs.  Once I drove him back to the school. I came back home to try to finish her hair, feed the Kiddies and get them dressed and ready so we could leave for the Exhibition.  Of course, I had to wear the school colors or as close as I could get since my band t-shirt hasn’t come in yet.  I was also sporting my high school style ponytail since it was like 98 degrees (and I think I can still pull it off pretty good…lol).

 

We arrived at the school early enough for me to get an ideal spot in the bleachers so I could have good camera angles for pics and hopefully video.  That’s when I heard it.  That all too familiar Southern Marching Band sound…the cymbals, the horns, and the drumline.  The Band was on its way to the field.  Instantly everyone stood up and started yelling.  You could feel the excitement.  There is absolutely no feeling like a stand full of high school Marching Band Parents waiting for their kids first performance.  The yelling, whooping, hollering…it can be overwhelming if you’re not used to it.  I remember our first year.  I thought “these people are bugging out” “Is it really this serious?

But Yes.  Yes it is.  Your kid has worked hard all summer.  You have gotten up with them, watched them practice, sweat and put in dedication you probably didn’t even think they could muster up and so yes when you see them marching knees high, toes pointed…you want to yell…you have to yell! It is all worth it!

So then they round that corner and make their way down the stairs to the field.  The sound gets louder and louder as they get closer to the bleachers.  I look down and my 2-year-old is marching with his knees high toes pointed just like his big brother has been practicing around the house.  Is he a future marcher in the making?  Will I be standing here taping him in the years to come?  I glance over at my Girlies and see them doing the Color Guard sashay…with Hubby looking on with a not very pleased face…will I be here with them soon as well?  Marching Band is something that becomes a part of the family.  It’s a club with its members who a loyal to each other and the other families within it.  When we gather for the meetings, practices and games we are all their for the kids.  We want them to succeed and will do whatever needs to be done to make sure they do.

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As the band makes their way past us and onto the field I spot my Teenager.  His head is held high, his trombone swaying to the beat and he is focused.  I know that he has been working towards this day all summer and at that moment I want nothing more than for it to be the success he wants it to be.

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The Coach begins making the announcements and says the kids are going to start…I watch as my son marches his heart out.  I strain my ears trying to pick out his notes above all the rest and smile as I hear how well they all blend together.  I grin from ear to ear when I see the Drum Majors strut their stuff on the field and the Color Guard show their pride in a way only they can.  The show itself doesn’t last that long but the moments are like lifetimes in the hearts of our kids and as a parent we treasure them in our memories.

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Yet guess what?  Even though the field performance ends the ‘show’ is not over.  Now comes the part the kids call ‘The Tunnel’…we all get up and follow them as they march back out the parking lot and through the alley to the band building lot.  Here is where the kids get to show off dances and performances they have worked on as sections before they head back into the building to pack up.  We as parents line up on either side of them and they show off….for us.  It is sort of like a ‘Soul Train Line’ for the band.  I look forward to this part of the Exhibition every year.  It’s here you get to see a piece of the sections personality and individual talents.

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 I also love watching the Drum Majors and how they ‘break it down’.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNx97zBq8d4&w=320&h=240

Then we get to watch the Drum Line close it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZwdpHH92tI&w=320&h=240

Once ‘The Tunnel’ is over we all disperse and gather our kids to go home.  This is only the beginning of the season but our kids are ready and guess what….so am I…because I’m With The Band…The Marching Band that is 😀

 

Are any of you former Band Geeks?

Are your kids in band or Marching Band?

Do you enjoy the traditions behind it?  How does your family support it?

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18 thoughts on “I’m With The Band…Marching Band That Is!

    • MrsTee Post author

      Aaah! A fellow Band Mom 🙂 Yes the late nights can be a bit stressing for both of us but when you see them on that field you know it's worth it! 🙂

  • Tracie

    They sound incredible!! I LOVE marching bands!! My son is only 9 so he's not quite at that stage but he plays a mean recorder! LOL! Seriously, I think it's great that your son has so much dedication and it's even more significant that he sees how much you support him. I know as parents sometimes we think of the time, commitment and inconvenience their activities cause us. . . . but being their biggest cheerleader will play a big part in the type of person they become. You rock mama!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    • MrsTee Post author

      Hey don't underestimate that recorder! My son started it with one of those…you may have a Band Geek in the making…lol Thanks for the encouragement… 🙂

  • Beth @ Structure in

    I am a former band geek! Remember the band camps days like they were just yesterday! How fun for your son – and for you! Can't wait to see what activities my little guys pick when they get to that age!

      • Beth @ Structure in

        Mine are still littles – almost 7 and almost 4. But my older one is already wanting to be an every season athlete – signed up for flag football in the fall, wants to do basketball in the winter, and LOVES baseball in the spring. I see a lot of cheering in the stands in my future! 🙂

  • Shauna @ Momma Candy

    I have a high schooler and he's in football so I totally get the back and forths to school. We did that all summer for passing league and even now that school has started, they keep the boys past when all the other sports get out. High school sports is no joke! But I'm glad he's passionate about something and it keeps him busy and out of trouble.

    And my teenager loves to tell me he has to be somewhere at the last minute. I have so been there. Multiple times!

    • MrsTee Post author

      Yes I'm so glad he is active! When he started high school I insisted he have at least 1 activity…since he did concert band in middle school it was a smooth transition. Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  • Missy Homemaker

    Tiffany- isn't it amazing what we do for our kids? I'm a former band geek turned flags captain. I loved those flags. My kids aren't in band. It's not something they were ever interested in. But I've spent hours at football jamborees with my middle son. Love to hear how parents support their kids. Thanks for visiting my blog!

    • MrsTee Post author

      Yes…I don't think we always realize when they sign up for things we are signed up as well…I love seeing them active so it's worth it! Thanks for stopping by…

  • Stacey

    My hubby played trumpet for a couple years in his high school marching band…and he was drum major his last two years 🙂 My son is currently in his middle school band (also a trumpet player!), but he's looking forward to marching band in a couple years!

    • MrsTee Post author

      That's so cool…a family tradition! My Teenager thought about Drum major but decided he want to continue playing on a regular basis and try to earn a scholarship for college…I hope your son likes it, get ready for early morning practices 😉

  • Growing Up Madison

    My son is actually in band and plays the trombone as well. He started from the 6th grade but has decided this year that he doesn't want to do band after I purchased an expensive trombone for the 8th grade because I thought he was getting serious about it. Note to self, always rent the school equipment. This year he wants to try out for the basketball team. It's great when the kids get involved in extracurricular activities. 🙂

    • MrsTee Post author

      We told my Teenager we would purchase his 'dream' trombone only after he made it through high school Marching Band…he's planning on music as a major and needs his own instrument in college. Can someone say graduation present? Well one of them anyway… 🙂