This fall has brought on a bunch of "Firsts" for me.
One of which is the value of team work.
My son, Zac, has never been the overly team athletic type child.
He enjoys more of the individual sports... skateboarding, golf, running etc...
This year, as a freshman in high school, he had the opportunity to join the marching band.
Our marching band is considered, for lack of better words... a competitive sport.
Practice started the day after summer break started.
A three day, all day, mini camp...
Practice every Thursday evening through June and July...
A week of away camp first week in August...
A week of home camp second week in August...
Practice every morning from then to the start of school...
Once school started,
Practice averaging 3 times a week (more on weeks of football games or competitions)
Our Band was in six competitions.
Including ...One in St Louis and
One in Indianapolis
Zac started out the year tired and slightly unmotivated but,
about the time they took their first road to to St. Louis,
he had a new found respect for this commitment.
And I will never forget the conversation I had with him just this past weekend after their semi-finals performance... My child had tears for joy over the sheer awe of the moment.
The kids had worked so long and hard and had delivered a FANTASTIC performance.
For all the seniors, this was their last time to march with this team.
Zac ended his year anxious to do it all again next year.
I'm already hearing the woos,
"What will I do with all my free time between now and then?"
What would make one want to give up weekends, summers, weekdays???
I think it has to do with feeling part of something bigger than yourself, an accomplishment that is only achieved when you work together as a team.
I am so proud of Zac this year, pushing beyond what he thought he could give!
Way to go buddy!
The William Mason Highschool marching band placed 20th out of 91 bands, at Grand Nationals in Indianapolis this past weekend!