Friday, May 28, 2010

A Time to be Proud...

My baby's not a baby anymore. He's fourteen and a half, is taller than me, almost taller than his dad, and has hairs growing on his chin. He'll be graduating eighth grade in a week or so and moving on to high school. My scariest moment so far....but that's not why I'm posting.

Last night we attended the spring band concert and (band) awards program. He started off in the 6th grade playing the trumpet, but volunteered to switch to the baritone earlier this school year because the band was lacking in the low brass section. The fingerings are identical, so the transition was relatively easy and he has the stature and lung capacity to handle a larger instrument.

So he walked away with several awards:

Outstanding Advanced Band Member - came with a trophy!
Best 8th Grade Baritone Player - certificate & medal
Pride of the Band Award - certificate
Participation - certificate & medal
Band Star - certificate & medal

He'll be joining the high school band. In fact, the HS band teacher has worked closely with the middle school band this year and knows my son by name already. She seems to like him and he seems to like her. Last fall, the MS band played at a couple of football games and the HS band came to play alongside them. Tim can hold his own with the HS band. He's got talent and skill--even the teacher said so, it's not all mom-brag, I swear.

Needless to say, I'm very proud of my son.


Regina Richards said...

Wow! Very well done! Congrats to your son!

And congrats to mom too, because being a band parent isn't as simple as people might think. There are so many events and practices and must-have items. A band parent is a busy parent. But it's worth it all. Especially when your child has talent and works hard to excel as your son obviously has.

Congrats again!

Jen FitzGerald said...

To be honest, he doesn't work hard to excel because it wasn't really required in middle school. However, the high school band is a whole 'nother kettle of fish.

I am thinking he'll be getting his own instrument soon.

mtnchild said...

WooHoo, go Tim, go!!! Grandma thinks this is great too!!!


Wendy S Marcus said...

Congrats to your son...and his mom! The parenting guides say: Praise out loud and often. So go ahead and mom-brag! I'm sure your reminders to practice helped make him the wonderful player he is today!

Jen FitzGerald said...

Hi Wendy--welcome to my blog. And thanks. He'll be practicing his brains out next year for sure.

Hi Mom!