#plumelife, season two. I’m sure the other parents think I’m crazy when they see me looking for artsy photos to take…
What did you do freshman fall? Lifted, toted, clapped, cheered, hoped. Learned the ropes. Made friends. Live-streamed BOA.
What did you do all winter and spring? Went to see the concert band and the jazz band perform. Drove to and from lessons. Went to see college level jazz and concert band performances. Went to see the Marine Band. Watched DCI making-of and show videos. Watched old in-the-lot videos. Waited.
What did you do all summer? Went to DCI shows. Watched in-the-lot videos. Watched corps live-streams before step-off. Checked scores on DrumScorps. Went to DCI rehearsal days. Made in-the-lot videos. Went to DCI finals. Bought swag. Bonded with my musician.
What are you doing now? Built props. Attended preview shows. Waited for marching season to start. Going to football games to see the band and hanging with the parents. Going to marching contests. Lifting, toting, clapping, cheering, hoping. Praying not to get caught on the field with the last prop when the clock is running. Unloading the trucks when it’s late and you’re beat. Hanging with the boys. Doing that thing we do. Loving just about every minute of it.
Rinse and repeat, now until November. As a wise person said, if your kid isn’t glad you’re there, someone else’s kid is. And your kid might admit it, if you press them.