Brandon has a dilemma when it comes to band. He is good at music. And likes it. Sort of. But he can't stand his music teacher. Dang. That makes it hard to enjoy band much. But his band teacher "forced" him to try out for All County band this year. B was ticked. But he takes pride in his GPA and his teacher threatened to give him (and a few other talented students) bad grades if they didn't audition. So Brandon begrudgingly tried out. And he made it!
We were excited to receive the news...but Brandon decided he didn't want to participate. After a pep talk (or bribe) from us, he changed his mind and decided to give it a try. And he liked it!
He got two days off of school to rehearse and then they performed on the evening of the second day. They were awesome!
Running through his music at home.
He plays the baritone.
Or at least that what he calls it.
In the program, they listed him as a euphonium player.
On the night of the performance
With a slew of other musically inclined middle-schoolers
Can you see him on the back row?
They played such fun songs. I was glad he could have the experience of playing with other kids who play well. And with a conductor that he got along with. Here's one of their songs. I'm pretty sure it was called "Dune Buggy."
I love the part where the trumpet players clap to the beat. :)
*Odyssey of the Mind--State Competition*
Since his team won the regional competition, we got to travel down to Wingate University this past weekend to participate in the State OM competition. We had such a great time! Andrew had some vacation days that he needed to use, so he took the day off. He and I had a fun morning date, picked the kids up early from school, and headed down to Charlotte.
We played at a fun Chuck E. Cheese's
And let the kids do Magiquest at the Great Wolf Lodge.
We also shopped for a while at the giant mall there and then headed to Matthews, NC (which I had never heard of) to meet up with B's team at our hotel. They had a quick little pep-talk/practice before heading off to bed.
On Saturday morning, we drove to Wingate University.
It is a beautiful, small campus that seems to be in the middle of nowhere.
Our kids had the spontaneous part of their competition first.
They explored campus while waiting for their turn.
Their cute coaches: Miss Cheryl, Miss Karen, and Miss Jenny
Getting out some of their nervous energy
They are not allowed to talk about the spontaneous problem when they come out, but I could tell from Brandon's face that he didn't feel good about how it went. Uh oh.
Then it was off to lunch. After that, they had some time to kill before performing their skit.
They played duck, duck, goose
Humored me for photo ops
(or at least some of them did!)
and built human pyraminds.
Such a fun bunch of kids.
Then it was show time!
They did a GREAT job on their performance.
Unfortunately, it was in a big, beautiful auditorium
and their voices didn't carry to my camera very well.
So, here is a video from their regional competition last month.
The narrator is still kind of hard to hear in this one.
Hopefully you'll get the gist of it.
After the performance, it was time to head over to the arena for the awards ceremony.
It was a long wait.
To help pass the time, they had a dance contest.
Apparently, our team members are not into dancing much.
They just mostly stood around laughing.
They also had a crazy hat contest.
We had not heard about this before we went.
But some of the kids went ALL OUT.
They had three categories: funniest, most outrageous, and most creative (?)
Even though Brandon had not prepared anything,
he wanted to be in the contest.
Here's what he came up with:
He duct taped his shoe to his head.
And then his friend put his pop bottle inside of the shoe.
I am laughing so hard right now looking at these pictures.
The funniest part is that Brandon made it to the finals
in two of the three categories!!
Look at the kids he was up against!
Then it was time to hand out the awards.
They took third place!
I was so proud of them and happy for them.
Some of the team members have participated before
and made it to the World competition, so they were
kind of disappointed. I thought they did awesome, though.
Brandon had a great time and hopes they compete again next year.