It Don't Mean a Thing If You Ain't Got that Swing

.... so doo-whop down ... to the Middle School Band and Jazz Band concert.

My son has impressed me with his self motivated interest in playing the saxophone. I figured it would be a fleeting fancy, to be replaced by some other "hobby du jour". After all, musical instruments require practice, patience and you don't sound good just because you score a 100% on the Guitar Hero video game. You have to seriously work at it.

And of course, there is that "band geek" persona that seems to come to life when the kids enter Middle School. Not that I care about this sort of labeling - I played in the Orchestra all through school, perhaps one of the lowest form of musical geek there is. I know I loved (and still love) creating music and that's why I stuck with it all those years.

To open up the evening, the symphonic band played:
Enter the Musicians
The band "uniform" - tuxedo shirts, black pants and black shoes. The shirts were specially ordered at the beginning of the year, but since the boy lives in blue jeans and white t shirts, we had to make a special trip to find black pants. Let me tell you, shopping at Kohls' on a Saturday night during the Christmas shopping season was not fun. And I don't even want to talk about what we went through to find black dress shoes in a size 7. Suffice it to say, we bought up a half size and I hope the shoes still fit him in the Spring....

Much to his chagrin, Scott and I happened to nab front row seats in the audience. And the girl next him - her parents just happened to be sitting next to us. I think their expressions say it all.
Our Parents are in the Front Row....

The 6th Grade Symphonic band played three pieces. I video taped a couple of snippets of their performance, but I'll spare you the details....
Warm Ups

In addition to symphonic band, he's playing in the Lower Jazz Band (aka, the Lab Jazz Band), kind of the "starter" jazz band. At the start of school, he didn't want to play in the jazz band, but somewhere along the way he changed his mind. As the jazz bands meet at 7am before school for practice, there must be real desire to be a part of this ensemble.

I love the informality, the "coolness" of jazz....
Jazz Band Set Up

Truthfully, I love jazz band. I've kept my opinions to myself, because I didn't want to influence my son's decision to participate. Secretly, I was thrilled to have him involved. So cue the extra proud Mom smile when he stood up for a solo:

I think he was pleased too.

Yvonne  – (December 12, 2011 at 9:11 PM)  

Great photos! A bunch of my friends played all through high school& well into university. One guy I know did his masters in musical performance!

I never had the skill ..hope your boy sticks with it :)

Sherry  – (December 12, 2011 at 9:11 PM)  

That almost makes me want to cry. It's such a proud moment for a mom to see their kids be involved in something and to actually enjoy it and be good at it. I was in Choir and Performance Ensemble all through high school. I love music to this day. Great shots of your son. He's growing up really handsome Shirley!

Betty Manousos  – (December 13, 2011 at 9:58 AM)  

what adorable photos you shared with us, shirley!

how proud you must be!
my heart just melted looking at these precious photos!

i love your blog!

Anita Johnson  – (December 15, 2011 at 10:20 PM)  

Thanks for the congrats on my blog...we are enjoying the first week as grandparents. I haven't visited here in a long time...glad to be back. Enjoyed scrolling thru old posts. I miss the band concerts...they were always so much fun. I love the last picture, the smile says it all!

Lisa  – (December 19, 2011 at 11:15 AM)  

Beautiful. I can almost hear all the sounds and chatter among everyone and the music.

MaggieGem  – (December 21, 2011 at 8:51 AM)  

Thanks for sharing your night! Wonderful photos, you must be sooo proud.

He is becoming a wonderful young man!

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