It's that time of year again! You know, that month before school ends that every child has an event - a concert, a show, a presentation. Something that requires parental presence, and often is in the evening.
Tonight was the band concert at the Middle School. We have, from what I can tell, a very good music program in this district. They start the kids in 5th grade, and I've been very impressed with the quality of the product. The band actually sounds good. Even in 5th grade (mostly). So tonight we had the 7th grade band (4 pieces), the 8th grade band (4 pieces), the Wind Ensemble (4 pieces) and the Jazz Band (5 pieces and an encore).
Notice the number of songs each group played. And these were not 5th grade pieces that are barely two minutes. While they were quite good, it was a LOOOOONG concert. Almost 2 full hours - with siblings in tow. But I have to give credit to Rachel and William. While there was wiggling and groaning and "is it done yet?", they behaved themselves pretty well. And then we scooted home and sent everyone right to bed.
All I did was sit in the audience, and I'm exhausted!
Last week was Rachel's 4th grade chorus concert. I think it was less than 30 minutes from start to finish.