Monday, October 3, 2011
Kiss My Brass
I never expected to be a Band Mom. What I expected even less was LOVING it. So far we've had two football games and the Preview of Champions performance. These kids are awesome! They work their butts off 3-4 days a week for 2+ hours at a time after school. They show up on Saturdays, they are at school to practice before they leave for performances. They are running! I was surprised when Allie told me she was running the track during practice. She comes home exhausted and sore.
I joined the boosters because I wanted to be involved. I attended the meetings, volunteered to coordinate volunteers and talked about fund raising. I volunteered Doug to drive the U-Haul. I was definitely surprised by how difficult it was for me to get volunteers, but it has only increased my desire to do as much as I can to help these kids out.
I wasn't prepared for the Preview of Champions. I had seen the band do their field show at the football games. There was another part that I hadn't seen before and I was so, so, SO proud of Allie and all the other kids. It brought me to tears! I felt like a giant dork and Allie laughed at me when I told her. It's just such an amazing thing to see the hard work your kid has put into something come out so awesome. After the performance we heard who messed up, who missed a step, Allie forgot where her starting point was... But to me it was beautiful. I was really impressed. Now let's say for the record that the only instrument I play is my MP3 player. That's about as talented as I am. I don't know that I even could play anything so this is some pretty cool stuff for me.
I never knew anyone in band when I was in high school. Maybe that's why this is all so cool to me. I feel like a kid with a new toy.
I'm finding that being a booster is going to be rather difficult. The fact that not all parents are as interested or involved as we are was a hard pill to swallow. I don't understand why you wouldn't want to stand in the bleachers and cheer for your kid. How can you not want to be there for every step on that field? I just don't get it. That means I'll have to work harder and it'll be more difficult to raise the money we need. It's worth it though. Because these kids are awesome. Maybe in a couple more years when Allie and I have become real Marching Band Veterans some of the sparkle and awesome will wear off. I sure hope not.