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It was many years ago that our son and our daughter were in the high school band. We went to see many football games and band competitions through the years. Our son played the saxophone and our daughter played the clarinet. Our daughter was the Dum Major in her senior year. Yes, many years ago, our son graduated high school in 1989 and our daughter in 1991.
Here we are now many years later and our granddaughter is in the high school band. She is in 10th grade and plays the clarinet. Our daughter asked my wife and I if we wanted to go to a marching band competition last night. It was the Heart of Carolina Marching Band Invitational competition hosted by the Wakefield High School in Raleigh, NC. The competition consisted of sixteen high school marching bands from North Carolina.
We sat there in the hot sun a couple of hours before the competition started, then just before there was a light drizzle shower. The competition started and we watched schools in the A, AA, AAA, and AAAA size schools. The judges for this competition were from such states as Georgia, Illinois, Tennessee, New York, and North Carolina.
Many of the schools used makeshift props such as coffins, a pirate ship, mirrors, and other things. As well as the music and marching we watched the flag and rifle squads pleasing us with their precision. One band also had a dancer which fit in well. As we sat there and watched we saw hundreds of high school kids, good dedicated kids doing what they love. We all realized that the amount of practice is amazing. Our granddaughter is dropped off at school, every school morning at 6:30 a.m. for the band to practice before school starts.
My granddaughter’s school, the Leesville Road High School marching band director does not believe in the props that some school use. She only believes in marching and as I watched the precision and the movements of that band I was amazed. Alyssa Montgomery, the band director should be proud of the time she spends with those students to make them the best they can be. They did not win the overall best band last night, but they have won a couple of best band in a couple of other competitions lately.
Last night cost my wife and I five dollars each to get in, we get the senior discount. Then some popcorn, hot dogs, and bottled water it was a great afternoon and night for about twenty dollars. It was well worth it and the light misty on and off rain did not damper our enthusiasm.
We hear a lot lately of the bad kids out there. Believe me, the kids that I saw last night are good kids and they should be proud of what they are achieving.
Copyright Larry W. Fish 2017