To do, or NOT to do, was the big question when entering High School!
Alex had been part of the band program in Middle school from 6th to 8th grade. Funny story, when he started in 6th grade he played the flute.
Why the band teacher chose that for him, the only BOY mind you, we will never know.
However, he stuck it out, but refused to play the flute going into 7th grade.
That summer I took him for Trombone lessons at our local high school and he loved it so stuck with trombone for 7th and 8th grade.
The end of 8th grade you are faced to make the decision to join Marching band or NOT when becoming a Freshman. Mind you it is only for the children who have been with band already. You just can't decide to take band starting High School.
The reason it is such a HUGE decision, is because of the time, commitment and dedication YOU must show towards this program. Our district takes band to a level I never dreamed.
The Fort Mill Band program began in 1949
Alex's hours in a week are more than some put in a full time work week.
Our district has been winning State Championships and high rankings since 1972.
Alex is the 6th boy in who is actually looking quite stoic and serious looking up at the crowd.
They all look serious. Last night was the first live performance of the show for Parents to come and see at the foot ball stadium.
To say it gave me goose bumps, brought tears to my eyes, is an understatement.
I am proud of this group. They are all amazing young children who have worked so hard.
This year's theme is Vertigo, which was influenced by Alfred Hitchcock's movie I believe in the early 60's.
Hence the color guards funky outfits. These girls looked adorable.
ONE of them is my sons girlfriend. YES, this year he has his first girlfriend.
LOTS of changes in our house!
The moves, march, dance, play, twirls, twists, etc....
it all really knocks your socks off.
How the instructors keep it together is beyond me, and how these kids were taught in such a large group is even more baffling.
This years competition is in AKRON, OHIO!
Wish us Luck!
My boy is growing up, and experiencing life in a way I never did. I am so proud and excited for him
Have a great day girls, see you later for the newbie party.
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