Making a joyful noise

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 Proceeds will go to purchase new cameras and tripods for the club.


5 thoughts on “Making a joyful noise

  1. AV club at GMS has not met in the last 3 weeks. Granted, one was due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. I wonder if the teachers’ contract negotiations have anything to do with it?…..

  2. I’ve been wondering the same thing about the History Club — I don’t think they met for the entire month of November! — but their meetings were always somewhat sporadic anyway.

  3. I hear the History club is meeting tomorrow instead of Thurs this week, and yes it’s for the first time in several weeks! Someone had told me that those after school clubs were not part of the work to rule issue since the teachers get paid to run them. Don’t know if that’s true?

    The acoustics in the middle school gym were not as bad as I thought they would be! The kids did a great job, although I couldn’t see my daughter in the chorus from our vantage point on the bleachers since she ended up right behind a huge speaker! All we could see were her legs!!

  4. Aha! I hadn’t heard about the meeting. I’ll have to ask him about that tomorrow before he heads off to school as the sun just starts to peek over the horizon. 🙂

    We had a great vantage point to see the band. Too bad Mr. Singley was directing directly in my line of sight for the drums!

    My daughter’s thought for the night: “Shouldn’t Mr. SINGley be teaching chorus?”

  5. I thought the kids sounded great. Those percussionists are quite the crew-wonderful performance! Seating is bad at the gym and for all I know my son could’ve just been there, not playing anything because I only saw the top of his head but they sounded great. And I always enjoy the chorus. Both groups really do sound better than 6th graders. Kudos to them and Mr. SINGley and Mrs. Barkin. Hmmm. I don’t think I’ve ever heard Mr. SINGley sing. I like that

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