Ascension Parish Band Night 2009 Monday, Oct 26 2009 

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Come out to Dutchtown High School for Ascension Parish Band Night!

This annual event is free to the public. (Although, donations for the bands are accepted :))

The middle and high school bands will all be performing for your listening enjoyment.

The High school bands will each get to present their half time shows.  If you haven’t seen a high school marching band half time show lately, you will be surprised in how the marching bands have progressed over the years.  Ascension parish holds some of the best marching bands in the state!

This event is usually held at East Ascenion but because of some field conditions we will be entertained at Dutchtown High School.  The event starts at 6:00 pm on Tuesday October 27, 2009.  See you there!

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The Way We Are Friday, May 8 2009 

Last night we were at my daughter’s high school band concert. I have been associated with the St. Amant High School Band for three years now.  Every year this band never ceases to amaze me.  The closeness these kids have is unbelievable.

As my daughter was entering High School she informed me that she wanted to be on drum-line.  Not be on the dance team.  Secretly, I was crushed.  She had been on the dance team in middle school and I had been on the dance team in High School.  I wanted her to continue the tradition.  It wasn’t my decision.  It was hers.  We went to the newcomer’s meeting and heard the band directors speak.  One of the things they said was that the kids would start school with 200+  friends.  Yea Right…Rah Rah talk, I thought to myself. 

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The band practiced during the summer for two weeks straight.  After the first day, my daughter had made friends.  The upperclassmen of course gave the freshmen a hard time but also took them under their wings.  Offering for them to ride with them to lunch, giving them pointers.  I was warming up to this band thing.  By the end of the two weeks and the start of school, she indeed had 200+ new friends. 

The camaraderie these young people have is interesting to me to watch.  They truly are a family.  For as much time as these kids spend together, they all get along and look out for each other very well.

 Every year at the Spring Concert, one of the last songs they play is “The Way We Were”.  As the band plays, the Senior’s names are called and they lay down their instruments and make their way to the front of the stage.  Let me tell you,  there is never a dry eye in the auditorium.  Last night, thru my own tears, I really watched the kids.  18 and 19 year old young men and women are tearful and not ashamed to be so.  They hug each other, they hug the underclassmen, they choke up when they give speeches to the Directors.  And every year, the Directors shed a tear or two.  The band members from years past are always at this performance with their own tears. The openness of emotion shared with this family makes me smile.

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These kids are not totally jaded to the ways of the hurtful world.  They are accepting of each others faults and quirks.  They are family, they love each other unconditionally. Lets all go out and be like these teens.  Be accepting of each other, love each other, be there for someone that needs us.  No questions asked.

p.s. I couldn’t be happier with my daughter’s decision to be a part of the STA Golden Gator Band ! 2381-161-036T

Practice Makes Perfect Thursday, May 7 2009 

Talk about timing.  The planets are lined up in some great order these past few days.

Last Friday, May 1, I finally took the plunge and started a blog.  This Tuesday, May 5, I saw a tweet on Twitter about a 21 Day Blogging Challenge.  This is being sponsored by the guys hosting RE Barcamp Phiadelphia.  The only rules are to post every day for 21 days consecutively.  The idea is that it takes 21 days to form a new habit.  They just want us to get into the habit of blogging.  PERFECT!  This is just what I need!  The first two days were pretty easy.  Today, is a different story.  All day I have been struggling on a topic. 

Tonight I was sitting in the sanctuary of Household of Faith church in Gonzales.  I was there to watch my 16 year old daughter perform at the  Spring Concert for the St. Amant High School Band.  As I listened to the band director, Craig Millett, speak about the the progress the band had made the light bulb went off.  Practice makes perfect!  I will blog about practice.

I have been associated with the St. Amant Band for three years now.  Practicing is an art for these band instructors.  It amazes me every year to see what Mr. Millett and Mr. Nassar do with this group of students over 200 strong.  I do not have a musical bone in my body so I am of no help to these great men!  The band practices for two weeks for 10 hours a day the two weeks before school starts.  During Marching season, they practice every afternoon until 5ish Tuesday thru Thursday to prepare for Friday’s big game.  Then they start practicing for Festival.  They go to District and then always make it to State.  All of the above practicing is after they have been in Band Class during the day.  Talk about dedication!  As a parent, it still amazes me to see how they grow from the beginning of the year to the Christmas Concert and then to the Spring Concert.  Every year I get chills when they play.  Amazing! 

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It’s funny how sitting at a High School band concert inspires you to push yourself out of your comfort zone.  What I walked away with tonight is Practice. Practice makes perfect. 

Whether you play music, blog, run, etc… Join me in having the dedication to practice!