They were preceded by the chorus.
And followed by the 6th grade band. (I've got all these photos because I was taking them for the yearbook).
And then . . . the Jazz Band ---- BLEW THE CROWD AWAY. They were fabulous. The 5th and 6th grade bands are really good for 5th and 6th grade bands --- the difference, though, that just one year makes in these kids was evident from the first note this band played. Their standing ovation was well-earned.
I will confess I don't always accompany Neil to these parties -- BUT, now that Emma and Mark are hosting and with Joshua playing this year, it was a delight. Even brought Iz along. The band sounded great. Joshua played a solo. Bit of a long night (as I think all these performances are going to end up being) because Joshua seems to be one of the last guys loading the van. Isaac stayed home sick from school -rotten cold, and he spent a lot of time sitting at the hearth listening and almost dozing. Neil had to leave early to give a final exam. Not sure what we think about that owl tree. And . . . wondering how many more events the New England Center is going to host.
We'd been planning to get haircuts yesterday in between seeing Mr Mitchell perform and getting Joshua to band practice --- but Joshua pleaded -- "oh, don't ruin my weekend, please!" so we waited one more day. I thought I might cry when I saw the back of Joshua's neck. It has been years. And . . . I think he likes it, though he's not saying that explicitly. Funny thing is you'd think shorter hair would make him look older, but, really, this reminds me of him in 2nd grade :)
Lots of homework going on -- last night I helped Iz with his research on comets and tonight he's finishing up that model to hang on the classroom astrology timeline. Josha had a great big Spanish family tree to make -- and on the way home from getting haircuts, he mentioned that he needed . . . a photo of all grandparents, aunt, uncles, and first cousins on both sides of his family -- 1"x1" -- that's all! We were scanning old photos, going through Meghann's blog and, for the Oxford family -- just turning to the Thanksgiving photos. He needed to write Spanish descriptions for several of the people. I remember he called me hard-working and Emma mischevious.
Jazz Band at the Mill Pond Center