- Brass instruments baths. Being up close and personal with that many germs – ugh!
- Endless “I need another copy of …..”
- Pomp and Circumstance being OVER.
- Being asked “Are we playing today?” (Grab this T-shirt with the answer HERE)
- Picking up music left on the floor (See #2)
- Being asked “When is the concert again?”
- Me: Alright here we go, bar 32…. Voice from the back during prep beat: Where are we?!
- I want to experience this thing called sleep.
- “My social calendar was really full this week, so I couldn’t practice”
- Need a break from being asked if it is B or Bb.
- Time to spend with my own children!
- The giggles of high school boys because every piece has a rehearsal cue at bar 69.
- Those last week of school concerts.
- 5:30 am every day. Can’t wait to turn off the alarm.
- Messy band halls. Can’t wait to have the kids clean out their lockers. And cases. And folders.
- Netflix binge season!
- No more elbows on stands! or cell phones on stands. or butts on stands.
- Dress pants! Ready to wear jeans… & shorts.
- “Can I move? He touched me.” (said by a high school tuba player)
- Standardize testing being over. Finally.
- If I’m counting down days, at least someone is counting in the band hall.
- Farty trumpet noises. Farty kids.
- So I can see and experience sunshine again.
- “I can’t be at rehearsal today because……..” (fill in the blank)
- The percussion section using bass drum beaters to abuse innocent chairs. Story at 11.
- Time to read for fun. (Here are some great suggestions to get you started…)
- Nutty final exam schedules being over.
- Hearing kids say, “I forgot my instrument.”
- Careless Whisper played on the sax.. and on the trumpet… and the tuba…
- Coffee on my patio.
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There were also a number of directors who expressed sadness in seeing the year end due to amazing students and wonderful memories. The last day of school can be bitter sweet – especially when you have a top-notch group of students. People expressed excitement about next year and implementing new ideas to make it a GREAT year. As directors, it is always exciting to welcome a new crop of young musicians. So when you wipe off that dry erase board for the last time, look forward to writing “Welcome Back” on it very soon!
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