b is for band

Sixth grade band.  Not as painful as fifth grade band.

Sid update! He visited the girls today, lots of romping about… he ran around like a dog that’d never been injured. But the girls did wear him out and he was pretty gimpy after about an hour. sid gracie zuzu That’s Sid, Gracie, Zuzu sometime this past spring/summer.

This is mostly for family, no knitting today.  I won’t feel bad if you skip away.

Blogwise, I’m hoping to actually embed this video clip. I’m using instructions found here. Hard to tell… on the preview the embedded clips look empty.  OK…didn’t work, so don’t visit THOSE instructions. Anybody out there on wordpress get this to work? Some kind person sent me some info, but I’ve lost it (sorry!).

Nick plays the saxophone. On the far right are three trombone players in the back row. Next row are the sax’s, a brown headed girl, a long haired blonde boy, and Nick, who looks very short here.

Here is the link, it is a 40 second clip.

That’s the Big Band Bop… a jazzy number. The kids said it was their favorite, even though it was the most difficult. They also played a piece called Anasazi… one would think it would be interesting… it was horrible! Like a very very very slow funeral dirge. Even the kids complained. I forget what the third number was called.

5 Responses so far

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    Cathy-Cate said,

    January 29, 2008 @ 10:47 pm

    The kids here don’t get to start band till 6th. (Orchestra starts in 4th, though.) But I was impressed, the 6th grade band really wasn’t too bad! :-) Now in 7th grade, they’re getting fairly good. (The 4th grade orchestra didn’t play in public at Christmas. I think for a reason. At spring, they’ll perform….
    In sixth grade, the Preteen’s middle school band has a tradition of doing that fight song that everybody does–
    (ok, I was going to try to figure out how to describe it since you can’t hear me sing it, and since my universities are different than yours; I was going to write down the notes, but instead will refer you back to YouTube, and the U of Michigan (one of my alma maters) band playing the song I’m talking about:
    hope that works)
    Anyway, the 6th grade band plays that, a lot slower and, um, not quite so well, but they yell, Let’s Go Band! in the obvious place and seem to get a kick out of it. Very fun to watch.

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    Cathy-Cate said,

    January 29, 2008 @ 10:59 pm

    PS: To embed, I don’t know exactly what I did (i.e. I had no clue what I was doing), but it worked. Twice already now.
    I think I copied the text from where it says “Embed” on the YouTube video page, on the right, and just pasted it on the page, and it worked. Really.
    wait a sec … hang on …

    Yeah, I just tried it on a dummy post, and it seems to work even in the preview. Dummy post is right. If it were complicated, believe me, I wouldn’t have been able to do it!
    Hooray for more space!

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    kmkat said,

    January 29, 2008 @ 11:23 pm

    Ah, grade school band concerts, even middle school band concerts, are NOT for the music afficianado. They are indeed painful. But by the time those same kids get to high school they generally turn into serviceable musicians, capable of all playing in the same key and the same time signature, no easy accomplishment.

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    b said,

    January 30, 2008 @ 8:31 pm

    Oh I remember Anasazi from when I was in 6th grade band. We all hated it too and the band teacher. I tell people I had my kids close together, so I’d only have to go to one middle school band concert. :) And the mittens–the fronts are pure green, the snot would blend in perfect! :P

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    MollyBee said,

    January 30, 2008 @ 10:40 pm

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