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12043137_10204861079671099_6125897457778342123_nI have had to give myself time to calm down before writing this blog. As proud of all our children, I was the other night, I was also fuming ANGRY. Physically shocked and angry.

Our marching band has been working on their half-time show since July. They put in 2 weeks of 10 hour days in 100 degree temperatures for summer band camp. They put in endless hours throughout the school week. They’re full of school spirit and support their football team; win or lose.

12047065_10204861079311090_5093757364098945741_nI’m not sure who planned the events of the Homecoming game. My daughter is a freshman, so this may be something they have done for all of history. BUT IT IS STUPID. Let me tell you what they do…

Football game starts.

Half-time arrives.

The visiting teams band does a full show. A complete performance.

Our band plays as our Homecoming Court is announced.

The second half of the football game is played. We win. YAY!

The stands empty. EMPTY.

12043137_10204861079671099_6125897457778342123_nThe football team goes to the locker room. The cheerleaders go wherever it is cheerleaders go. All of their parents, grandparents, friends, school mates, all FILE OUT OF THE STADIUM…..

AS OUR BAND IS TAKING THE FIELD TO PERFORM THEIR “HALF-TIME” SHOW.

AT THE END OF THE GAME.

For NO ONE. Except their parents. The only people left in the stadium. Not only that, they have to begin playing AS PEOPLE ARE FILING ….. NO…. FLOODING OUT OF THE STADIUM.

WHAT IN THE HELL????

Why? Why would their school do that to them? Why would we watch the opposing teams band at half-time? Why do they get to perform for a full packed stadium of our fans? Why would the administration at Hazel Green High School not OPEN THE FOOTBALL GAME WITH THEIR BANDS PERFORMANCE?

WHY WOULD THEY NOT RECOGNIZE WHAT THESE CHILDREN HAVE BEEN WORKING ON? JUST AS HARD, JUST AS LONG…. as their football team.

Why would you as parents leave, when you can clearly see…. children… CHILDREN… taking the field… to perform? The band parents were all still there. They all sat and watched your kids play football… or cheer…. or be crowned Queen. We all watched that. But when it came time to see our children perform, you left. You stood up, in front of parents trying to watch the band perform. You had no respect for those students. Clearly the school doesn’t either. The planning of that was awful. It shows lack of concern for your whole band program, Hazel Green.

The football team wasn’t required to watch it and support their “school mates,” that just CHEERED and RALLIED for their for 2.5 hours. The cheerleaders were not required to hang out and watch. To applaud their fellow classmates.

You want unity in school? Then as a school, you have to make all of your extra curricular activities as valued as the next. A student good at the tuba, is just as awesome as a great quarterback.

I was awestruck that these students did not receive the AUDIENCE at their home game that they deserved. Why we would watch Ft Payne perform at our halftime is BEYOND me. Out of time? Why didn’t you open the game with the band. Something. Figure something else out. Because that… was awful. It was rude. It was embarrassing to watch. And as a BAND parent, it was completely UNACCEPTABLE.

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