Honestly, I’ve always cringed by the thought of having to watch a bunch of kids perform music or choir at my kids’ schools. My internal fear is that they are completely out of tune and parents that proudly spring into action when their kid has a 2 second solo, or walks on stage.
Parents starts screaming proudly, probably embarrassing their kids even more, while pushing each other away from the isles just to tape these few moments on their high def cameras – and posting these recordings on Facebook or Instagram, for the entire World to see how amazing their kids were.
Now it’s my turn, as my daughter was preparing for her big moment on stage.
She had been working hard on the sax, honking away upstairs at all hours of the day, much to the nuisance of the local wild life.
Amazingly, I notice a significant improvement in her talent for the past few weeks, and may even may some resemblance to the late John Coltrane. She was really turning a page in her talent.
Finally the evening of the big event had arrived, and the family traveled to the local school to watch her band perform. It was a school event so most parents and kids were there, and plenty of excited kids.
As soon as we had dropped her off for band rehearsal / warm-up, I rushed to buy some flowers for my little artist. I had to push aside a few fellow parents, and bought the last bunch for my special sax player.
We found our seats, a few rows from the stage, and had the cameras ready; taking pictures of an empty stage, the proud teachers, ceiling, decorations … anything that might resemble the event.
Suddenly the kids walked on stage. First up the orchestra, then band (my daughter) and then chorus. A tightly packed program was ahead … and I was dreading it.
BUT BUT BUT these kids blew me away. I was expecting sounds from horror movies, pulling cat tails and stepping on ducks. These kids played extremely well, and in tune and harmony.
The band came on stage and I was up there diving over parents, knocking over kids, just to get pictures of my little girl on stage. She was so proud, and smiled from ear-to-ear.
They played four tunes and did excellent. Again, the band played together as one, and I was utterly amazed.
Even the choir did a phenomenal job, and sang very well.
Well done to all the kids and I’m one proud dad who will go to their next gig!