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Band Camp 2017 - Day 6 Greg Fishel

posted Aug 4, 2017, 11:10 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Aug 4, 2017, 11:10 PM ]
When Friday morning arrived, none of us could believe that yet another band camp was coming to a close. After morning rehearsal, the band crossed campus to watch the "Northeastern High School Marching Band" from Elizabeth City perform. Their band is under the direction of Wayne James, who is a super guy & they had visited our band the day before. It is very cool that these two programs have got to know each other over these past few years, and that they support each other! 

More rehearsal before lunch, and yet more rehearsal after lunch, until about 3pm. Then from 3-5pm, it was time to pack up, clean up, and check out!

At 5pm, everyone went to the Dunn Center where we all enjoyed a Chick-fil-A dinner. Afterwards students from each section of the band gave out awards to folks in their section, which was a lot of fun and may be the start of a new tradition! Following this was the recognition of our amazing chaperones. It was during this time that one of the most touching things I have ever seen occurred. When Corey Benson, alongside his wife Donna, was announced, the entire room spontaneously erupted with a standing ovation. If there was anyone with dry eyes in the room, I was not one of them, and I didn’t observe many others. I told Corey later that the ovation he received was for two reasons. Number 1, he absolutely busts his butt for these students every single hour he is awake. But the second reason is the most important one - he is simply one of the nicest human beings you will ever meet, and band camp is truly a labor of love for him. The fact that it was the kids who erupted the way they did tells you all you need to know about the quality of the kids in this band. As I said yesterday, Doc doesn’t just teach these kids how to play notes, he teaches them how to be responsible, caring human beings, and never was that more evident than tonight. 

Also more than deserving of a mention is Suzanne Puccio. She left no stone unturned in making sure all the chaperones operated as a well oiled machine. Her loyalty to the Athens Drive Band is undeniable, and the band is oh so lucky to have her. Both Corey and Suzanne had a loyal group of chaperones who also worked very, very hard each and every day. To be honest, I probably did the least grunt-work of any of the chaperones, but I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each and every one of them - they are all quality human beings. 

To top off the day, many of you saw the chaperone parade of which I was priviliged to be the Grand Marshall. Make no mistake, I may have been the best known chaperone, but not the hardest working one - the folks who followed me earned that honor.  Finally, what we had all been waiting for, the band sounded great in performing their pre-game show as well as the first two movements of their main show, “Adventure Awaits". It was a wonderful way to end the evening.

We then packed up the trucks and went home. Another band camp in the books. Now it’s on to post camp practices, football games, competitions and parades. Can’t wait!

Greg Fishel

(Note from Moderator - thanks Greg for your band camp daily reports.)