Thursday, December 12, 2013
Drawing in the Band Concert
P and I are long-time veterans of high school band concerts. All three of our sons played brass-- two played trombone and one played trumpet and French horn-- beginning in around 7th grade; and we began to go to band concerts several times a year for an uninterrupted 15 year stretch. We noticed a soothing regularity to the programs with few differences in the bands in Indiana and those in Asheville. In Indiana the band played The Battle Hymn of the Republic, while in Asheville the bands played When the Saints Go Marching In. But all Holiday concerts have included some variety of Jingle Bell Cha-Cha-Cha and at least one medley involving bells and snowflakes, and a change into a costume for the director at one point in the evening.
Tonight we had the fun of going to our grandson Jacob's high school band holiday concert. After three years of playing trombone (like his Dad) in middle school bands, Jacob is now playing in the big league of high school bands. The band at his high school (his Dad's high school, too) has always been excellent, and it has been fine to watch him develop as a musician in this powerhouse of a band.