Wednesday, October 17, 2007

As promised: Noni bag picture



That's my Noni Blob, I mean, Bag with 14 stripes completed. That leaves 6 stripes to go. I haven't made much progress beyond that because...



...it's marching band season. I'm Head Roadie for my daughter's high school band so I spend a lot of time loading and unloading trucks, repairing worn props and cheering on the band. We had a great competition on Sunday: we won FIRST place in our size group! It's especially impressive because we're the smallest band in the group. Wahoo!

If you're interested in why I do this, I have a piece about it on my website at http://www.nancyherkness.com/fromthegarret/garret_archives24.shtml .

Does anyone else have children in a marching band? Or were you in a marching band yourself?

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10 Comments:

Blogger kshotz said...

Go Nancy! My kids are in marching band, as was I when in high school. And....funny thing is....our uniforms are black and red as well!!

Roadies are extremely important in the process! Congrats on the win!

Kim

ps....the Noni bag looks great!

7:07 PM  
Blogger Gail R said...

I was in a marching band eons ago until the year the band director lost his marbles and had us dance the Teaberry Shuffle! That was the last year I was in band.

Both kiddles were in band - 1 played flute/piccolo and the other sax/baritone. We were band boosters and ran the concession stand one year... DH chaperoned kids during band camp the same year. Only got to see kids play & march once a year.

7:17 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I had a sister in a marching band. I am a self-proclaimed Marching Band Junkie. We went on a trip this year to Southern California (I'm in Northern Cali, so not too big a drive) to see DCI* finals - it was a BLAST! So much fun! Field shows are the best.

Lots of luck to your daughter and her band! (What does she play? My sis was a trumpet.)

*DCI = Drum Corps International

(Is Blogger back from maintenance yet? I hope?)

7:21 PM  
Blogger monica said...

Aww yes, Marching Band. It is a time consuming activity. My daughter is sitting this year out but I think she misses it. And they are going to be going on some great trips next year and the year after so I think she is going to rejoin.

I admire those kids. They work so hard.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

This is so cool that there are other Cult (of the Marching Band) members on this blog! You guys know what it's like then.

My daughter plays the trumpet too, Nicole.

Many thanks for the congrats and good wishes! We're hoping for a good season because the show is really fun: all Chick Corea songs with a Spanish theme.

Monica, you're so right about the kids working hard. That's what I admire so much about the marching band experience: the dedication and discipline it brings out in teenagers.

10:29 PM  
Blogger georg said...

My sister was in the marching band, in Colorguard. The main reason was because you cannot play a viola in marching band, and it was more interesting than whatever options existed for viola players. My high school didn't have one. I played the saxophone.

12:17 AM  
Blogger Vicki said...

Nancy, not only was my daughter in her high school marching band, she was also in a summer marching band for five years. This was band, not drum corps but they did shows before the corps shows here in No. Cali. I was the uniform Mom for four years while she was in high school and don't think I ever saw a full show...LOL. How many more years do you have? My DD is now 27 and lives in Manhattan!!

Nicole, we went to DCI finals one of the years they were in Orlando and talk about hot, humid and squashed together. They had pauses between Corps for lightning... Are you a Vanguard or a Blue Devil fan?

I like the Noni bag, too. You can never have too many bags!

Vicki

3:29 AM  
Blogger ~Tonia~ said...

Love the bag. The sudleness between the colors is great.

Never in the marching band. I was a behind the scenes theater girl.

Congratulations on the 1st place!!

10:16 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Nancy, bet you never knew that I played piccolo in the marching band in Indianapolis when I was in high school. Our band's specialty was street marching. We drilled hard and were very good. In my 4 years in high school, I marched at John F. Kennedy's presidential inauguration, at the Rose Bowl Parade, the Orange Bowl Parade, and the Festival of States Parade in St. Petersburg FL. Recently I was googled my high school's website to see how the band was doing these many years later. I was amazed to learn that the Ben Davis High School Mighty Marching Giants was probably the most recognized and widely acclaimed group I have ever and will ever play in! For all you marching band cult members, here's the website. Check it out!
http://www.wayne.k12.in.us/bdband/index.htm

1:42 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

hmmm.... Don't know why that link got cut off. Second try: anyone who is interested can copy and paste it into a browser.
http://www.wayne.k12.in.us/
bdband/index.htm

1:47 AM  

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