Today was it. The Big Day. The culmination of the hard work of the last two weeks.
Okay, it really wasn't a very big deal at all. Meego's summer band session came to a close, noted by a concert.
Six years ago, I attended my first such concert at this middle school. Chaco and Wolfgang had each done their first stint of summer band, and I was pleasantly surprised with the performance. They sounded really good, better than expected. The band directors were charistmatic and fun.
I would go on to learn that this school had a pretty good band program with lots of participation. In Chaco's final year there, one of the band directors was replaced with another. The previous one was moving to a different school - not far from ours. His daughter attended that school, so when an opening for a band director came up, he went for it.
It hasn't been the same since. No biggie for us really, since none of our kids makes a big deal of band. I remember how Chaco and Wolfgang both talked of how they didn't like the new teacher and didn't enjoy band so much anymore. She was a bit of a biotch. Not their words, but my inference.
The difference was notable today. The concert just wasn't what it used to be. The quality of music performance has gone down. Attendance has gone way down. The band program as a whole has gone down.
There's Meego warming up in the small island of Baritonia, part of the sparsely populated Band of Intermedia.
I'd say that summer intermediate band used to be about 2 - 3 times this size.
But I dutifully sat through it. There were 4 small bands that played in all. The intermediate, advanced, beginning jazz, and intermediate jazz. It was a long hour. Meego's band did okay. The jazz bands were SO tiny, they needed to be supplemented with adult helpers.
I watched some others in the audience and didn't see much enthusiasm like there was in the old days. Many got up and left as soon after their family member's thing was done.
And so ends summer band. School starts in a couple of weeks, and Meego is still busily prepping for the Land of Reptilia.
It's good to have a next thing to move on to. You got one?