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Real Life:: Block Party–I’m with the Band!

This weekend my little block had its annual block party!  But my little block has its own special twist on the time-honored block party idea.  Years ago, the high school band teacher lived on our block and held a drum-line contest! whole block would chip in funds for a super sweet trophy for the winner.  It is a wonderful tradition and I’m so lucky I landed on this block.

So from 10AM to noon, our little block is treated to some of the finest middle school and high school bands around. And friends, let me tell you–nothing makes you smile more than watching a bunch of mildly awkward teenagers make music while walking in formation.

Oh the memories. How they come flooding back!

The bright polyester uniforms that don’t totally fit right? Because chances are you probably went through a growth spurt, lost baby fat, or dear God–got boobs sometime during the school year.

And did I mention that heavy knit polyester isn’t really a friend to teens who are trying to figure out the whole body odor thing…. Yeaaahhhh….

But you were in band because you loved music and wanted to make music.

And not only did you make music, you made friends.

And don’t slag the flag and rifle team, because those girls ROCKED IT!!! (Said a past band-front girl…)

This is where it starts, friends.  Because to get to THIS:

Sometimes, you need to do this:

So, I salute you future Dave Grohl, Meg White from the White Stripes, Sheila E, and Cindy Blackman, drummer for Lenny Kravitz. I can’t wait to see where you land!

Were you in band? What instrument did you play? I was actually in the orchestra making the most frightening sounds with my violin. And then bass violin, which *MIGHT* have been inspired by that vintage Tom and Jerry cartoon… I’m just sayin…

PS: I am super sick right now, so I’m going to post the newest giveaway either later today or Thursday.

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  1. lishyloo says

    hey get swell soon! my dad was the band teacher :) i played drums. badly.

  2. Brigitte says

    Wonderful entry! You are so right about our young teenagers needing more good music in their lives! And how lucky are you, to have this happening in your own neighborhood! Its incredibly inspiring! And before you know it: your little Peach will be marching down your own street playing her heart out with her drum? trumpet? flute?
    How exciting

    • Alix says

      You are so cute mama. It’s fun to have you commenting here! xoxo

  3. John says

    I’ve always loved a parade. Wish I could have been there. Get well soon!

    • Dottie says

      Thanks Dad! I remember you going to see me march! Next time, you’ll have to come out in May for the event!

  4. Crystal says

    Ah memories! I was a flag team girl in high school. Your block party looks amazing! I need to move you your neighborhood.

  5. Dame Rusty says

    Oh my gosh, this is my ol’ hood! I LOVE LOVE LOVED when the bands came through.

    Here’s a pix of SJ watching it in 2009: http://www.flickr.com/photos/blazenhoff/3543189045/

    • Dottie says

      Aw man! I wish you still lived in the hood! Next time, you’ll have to come to the event!



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