Sometime during all the flurry of papers that needed to be signed at the beginning of the school year, I wrote a note on the calendar for tonight: Band concert, 6 p.m., GHS.
I didn’t think twice about the location. My son’s band concerts throughout elementary school were all in the Grafton High auditorium, which has better seating and better acoustics than the alternative at Grafton Elementary, the cafetorium. And I’d already done several rounds of parent orientation at Grafton Middle School, where space is at such a premium that the stage in the cafetorium has been converted into enclosed office space for guidance counselors.
My son, however, interrupted me at Thanksgiving when I was giving concert details to his grandparents.
“Oh no, mom, it’s at the Middle School. We’re having our concert in the gym.”
Ack. No wonder they’ve split the concerts into three separate sessions — sixth graders tonight at 6 p.m., seventh at 7:30 p.m. and eighth graders tomorrow night at 7 p.m. The parking lot is going to be a zoo!
The conspiracy theorist in me wonders if this is a deliberate move to highlight just how cramped the middle school is, just one week before a debt exclusion vote to allow the town to purchase modular classrooms to alleviate crowding at a school that is expected to house over 100 more students than are in the building at the present time. But really, it’s preaching to the choir (OK, chorus and band) — I’m fairly sure most parents know just how little elbow room there is.
So let this be your reminder today of two things: One, concert time is here. Two, you gotta get out and vote on Dec. 9.
Oh and three, if you want to get a momento of tonight’s concert, you don’t even have to bring your own videocamera — the AV Club is producing a DVD featuring all the performances. Order forms will be available at the concert, in chorus and band classes after the concert, and on MrSingleyMusic.com. Proceeds will go to purchase new cameras and tripods for the club.