Carmel Bands, Carmel, Indiana

Blog #5: Behind the Scenes, October 26, 2011

“Behind every great man, there’s a great woman.”  This quote, when taken literally can be tracked back to various successful people over the years and has also been attached to the feminist movement of the 60’s and 70’s.  But for the time being, I am not referencing this quote in its literal sense, I am using it as a way to express the truth behind any successful organization.  I am sure the directors would be supportive of a change to this quote that results in, “Behind every great band, there’s a great group of parent volunteers!”


I, like all of the band parents, had a very busy Fall Break / weekend of band events.  As I stood at the send-off listening to the parent pep band (they are really good!), watching the Booster leaders organize the kids and busses, and heard the calls of “buttons for sale, buy your Q-code sign, here are the spirit bags”, I again appreciated what a huge component the parent group is to this band “system”.  I then headed to Ben Davis and sat among a very vocal group of families who tried to send their positive energy and cohesive chants of support to the band who had to stand too long while waiting to be allowed on the field. When asking the kids if they heard us, they replied, “Oh yes, we heard you!”


After returning from Ben Davis with the drum majors, a trophy, and a spot in the state finals, I quickly showered and dressed up for the big dance!  Manning the chocolate fountain table (it was a tough job but someone had to do it), I was able to see the parents filter out of the band room where the music was loud enough to entertain the nearby neighborhoods, the parents who were filling drinks and handing them to the hot and excited dancers as they came out for a breath of fresh air, and the always present photographers catching every moment of the event.  Again I marveled at what a tremendous amount of talent, commitment, joy, and kindness existed among the band parents.


It is time to give parents a hand….no not dream hands….  We parents are part of the excellence that is Carmel Marching band.  Whether you are supporting your child by taking them to and from practices and events or you have led a committee, hemmed a uniform or two, or moved those large Q codes on the field – take time to pat yourself on the back.  You deserve it.

-Pat Gerber