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#1 LeanderMomma

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 05:38 PM

Well not really die, but more or less, what do we do when our band kid graduates and we have all of this stored up band parent energy and enthusiasm with nowhere to express it??!! Obviously I can still go to games and competitions, and I WILL, but it's never going to be the same. We'll just be those weird former band parents that never move on. But I'm ok with that, I reckon. Because band. And because Texas. ;-) Who's with me??!!

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 06:19 PM

I'm right there with you!!!

 

I have a few years left but when my kids are done, I'll continue to volunteer for the band...our school always needs parents.  We have volunteers who haven't had kids in school for 5, 10, 15 years!  They just love to volunteer and help the band.

 

I love music and I love watching our kids excel.  Why wouldn't someone want to be around these kids?



#3 LeanderMomma

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 06:32 PM

I hear ya! Some former parents still volunteer at Leander as well, I know. I just wonder if the competitions will "feel" the same now. Guess I'll find out this fall! :)

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 06:31 AM

We still follow the band.  My daughter graduated in '15 so this is the last year of knowing several of the other kids that were freshmen in 15.  We have a few family friends with kids in the band.  We still help with fundraisers and are loosely connected with the band.


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#5 LeanderMomma

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 11:39 PM

We still follow the band. My daughter graduated in '15 so this is the last year of knowing several of the other kids that were freshmen in 15. We have a few family friends with kids in the band. We still help with fundraisers and are loosely connected with the band.


Are you planning to go to Grand Nats and watch FloMo win it all this fall? I hope they do it!!!!

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 03:44 PM

Are you planning to go to Grand Nats and watch FloMo win it all this fall? I hope they do it!!!!

No, will not be able to go to Nats this year.  I will probably host or go to a watch party.  If I had kids in the band you could not keep me away.


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 04:30 PM

I know a whole lot of graduated parents from lots of different bands that still go to all the competitions (at least the local ones) and many of the football game half-times.

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 05:29 PM

No, will not be able to go to Nats this year.  I will probably host or go to a watch party.  If I had kids in the band you could not keep me away.

  I hear ya, but I would love to go again.  I just loved that experience so much last fall, and I think I'd like to go again when Leander goes back in a few years.  Heck, I'd love to go watch DCI finals in Indianapolis sometime as well!  Indy is such a fun town, and there's nothing like watching band in the Lucas Oil stadium.  

 

Geez, I'm such a nerd.   :lol:



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Posted 25 August 2017 - 05:34 PM

I know a whole lot of graduated parents from lots of different bands that still go to all the competitions (at least the local ones) and many of the football game half-times.

 

Hopefully I'll see you again at BOA Austin next month Daniel.  (I'm one of the two annoying moms that sat in front of you the last two years at BOA Austin--thanks for putting up with us; you're a very patient man!   :D).  I'm also planning to go to Conroe this year as well.  I've never been to BOA Conroe, and this year it's looking to be a FIERCE competition there!  

 

Nope, I'm never graduating.   ;)



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Posted 25 August 2017 - 08:47 PM

I know a whole lot of graduated parents from lots of different bands that still go to all the competitions (at least the local ones) and many of the football game half-times.

I am still there on Friday Nights (my son plays football) and I cheer on the other LISD programs.  Argyle is growing too.  I won't be going to San Antonio but I will probably go to the Dallas regional.


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#11 LeanderMomma

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Posted 27 August 2017 - 06:16 PM

I am still there on Friday Nights (my son plays football) and I cheer on the other LISD programs. Argyle is growing too. I won't be going to San Antonio but I will probably go to the Dallas regional.


I'll be at the L D Bell vs FloMo football game in October. My best friend's youngest son is a 6'8", 325 lb giant who plays football at Bell. Can't wait to see that game AND the bands!!

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 06:09 AM

I'll be at the L D Bell vs FloMo football game in October. My best friend's youngest son is a 6'8", 325 lb giant who plays football at Bell. Can't wait to see that game AND the bands!!

I'll be there as my son is on the Football team.  Come around to the home side at halftime to watch the show.  I'll be all the way at the top at mid-field.


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#13 LeanderMomma

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 10:38 AM

I'll be there as my son is on the Football team. Come around to the home side at halftime to watch the show. I'll be all the way at the top at mid-field.


I'm thinking it's homecoming night for Bell so it'll be an away game for Flower Mound. I would definitely sit on the home side for band, regardless. I hate when I have to watch from the back!! 😃

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 10:10 AM

Well not really die, but more or less, what do we do when our band kid graduates and we have all of this stored up band parent energy and enthusiasm with nowhere to express it??!! Obviously I can still go to games and competitions, and I WILL, but it's never going to be the same. We'll just be those weird former band parents that never move on. But I'm ok with that, I reckon. Because band. And because Texas. ;-) Who's with me??!!

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I am with you - When my oldest joined band we were "all in" - oldest graduated in 2015 and we remain very active and have traveled to all their BOA competitions, we fund raise for them and we now have our youngest in Middle school band so we have a few more years awaiting us. the school is a block from the house so we routinely drop by to see practices and will be heading out for Austin shortly to cheer for our band. We have a number of Alumni parents and kids that travel with us - it is not the same when your child is not competing but always a joy to see our "adoptive" kids and see the growth of the program. Planning a on BOA trips this year



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Posted 23 September 2017 - 08:10 PM

I am far too young to be a former band parent, but I am a former band brother. My sister played in the Keller band from 2004-2006. My whole family went to all of her competitions while she was in it and I've been hooked ever since. It has been over 5 years since I lived in Texas, so I haven't seen any of the recent shows live, but I have enjoyed following this blog anonymously for over a year and have decided to actually create an account finally so I can be involved in discussions.

Relevant to the topic, even though our initial reason for following the success of our bands may be gone, a part of us will always be loyal to them because we have seen firsthand and respect the hard work that these students and their directors put into making a fabulous piece of art each year.

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 02:12 PM

I measure my boys high school years not by years but by marching seasons left. We band all the time so when the youngest graduates it going to be a sad time. Though so far they both plan to march in college so it won't be the same but still some shows to look forward to. 

 

I'm so thankful for their band years though. There's nothing like marching band and your marching band family. 



#17 LeanderMomma

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 02:34 PM

I measure my boys high years not by years but by marching seasons left. We band all the time so when the youngest graduates it going to be a sad time. Though so far they both plan to march in college so it won't be the same but still some shows to look forward to.

I'm so thankful for their band years though. There's nothing like marching band and your marching band family.


Enjoy!!! It goes by SO quickly.

#18 LeanderMomma

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 02:43 PM

Just a little follow up to my original post and two months later....I am enjoying myself immensely as a "graduated" band parent. The competitions are extremely enjoyable still, and I have the added bonus of having my former band kid now sitting in the stands with me and experiencing it all right along side me. It's been GREAT so far!!

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 08:18 PM

Just a little follow up to my original post and two months later....I am enjoying myself immensely as a "graduated" band parent. The competitions are extremely enjoyable still, and I have the added bonus of having my former band kid now sitting in the stands with me and experiencing it all right along side me. It's been GREAT so far!!

we do the same - we now have family trips to watch the bands - last weekend in Conroe - this weekend in Midland



#20 LeanderMomma

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 08:32 PM

we do the same - we now have family trips to watch the bands - last weekend in Conroe - this weekend in Midland


My hubby doesn't care as much about it, so it's just my daughter and me but we make fun trips of it as well. We did Southlake BOA and now Conroe on our travels. Girls weekends!!! :)




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