Carmel Bands, Carmel, Indiana

Blog #1: It is Possible! September 21, 2011

It is Possible!


Yes, parents, it is possible!  


I had the opportunity to pick up my daughter from practice on a rainy evening last week.  As usual, upon my arrival, amidst the 200+ students in the band and guard, there were massive numbers of backpacks, instrument cases, extra bags, sweatshirts, water jugs, and miscellaneous items.  I began thinking about the actual numbers of things since I am a bit of a data geek. So I was doing some math…if my daughter has about 5 separate items on any given practice day and there are about 200 kids, there must be at least 1000 separate items on the practice field. 


I stayed at the practice field until the last band member was picked up.  I saw all of the kids with their numerous items leave the stadium, and the blacktop of the parking lot became visible again.  All items magically were gathered by their owners and taken to other destinations, except for one lonely shirt.  That is impressive.  1 shirt left out of a potential 1000….so the odds are with us parents.


Now, I don’t know about your house, but I certainly don’t have 200 kids placing things on my floor after practice.  I have 1 kid….with her 5 separate items.  And yet, the chances of all 5 items being put away each day or at least in an out-of the way-place is slim to none.  But I have now seen the possibilities.  I know that if the directors (yes, I will give them the credit) can manage to get that many kids to grab all of their stuff and take it away…there is hope for all of us!  Keep the faith, parents!

Pat Gerber