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Back to band

August 23, 2005|by APRIL VESELY

You're kidding me. That? That was 11 weeks? Already?

So this means I have to go back to that ... place with all the learning and the ... sitting and the stuff?

Oh, well. It could be worse. I could have to sit through every day without band!

I'm a proud band geek. I (unlike more normal people) want school to start. Being in school means I get to go to band at the end of every day.

So this must mean my regimen for getting ready at the end of summer is different from the average student? A little.

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During the first two weeks of August, I was in band camp to prepare for the upcoming season. We ran drills in the morning, and then memorized music and movement for our field show.

This is why I love school now - band and the music and people in it. Not only do we get a killer tan line from going to band camp for two weeks during the summer, but we get tons of practice time for our upcoming band season.

That's right. We aren't athletes, nerds, the partiers, drama kings and queens, or shop-aholics. We are band geeks.

Don't get me wrong. Just because I'm in band and consider it my family, doesn't mean I don't go through the same regimen most kids go through to prepare for another school year.

The weekend before school starts - yes, a procrastinator until the end, I know - is my time to get all school shopping done. I set aside time to shop at Aropostale, Kohl's, Deb, American Eagle and Prime Outlets in Hagerstown. This should supply me with a new, and probably not completely necessary, wardrobe for fall.

This year, I happened to get a new hairstyle, two more piercings in my ears, and somewhat of a tan. The school supply list is the least of my worries, but I'm resigned to go to Staples to get everything I need.

So, when my alarm clock begins that stupid buzzy thing it does at 6:50 in the morning, I'll be more than ready for the first day of school. Not because I'm a nerd looking for some acedemic classes. Or because I'm a jock who is craving to be on the team again. But because I'm a band geek, wanting to be on our field to start marching and competing again.

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