My oldest son started taking fife lessons about 7 months ago. He is taking them through a member of a fife and drum corps. Twice a month, we head up to Baltimore so that he can meet his teacher during the corps' practices. He loves taking the lessons and loves hearing the corps practice. It really helps him to practice more between lessons. It keeps him focused on what he is working toward. And that is someday playing with the corps.
Until then, they have invited him to be a part of their color guard. Basically, it means he can march with them in parades. His first parade with them was at the Chestertown Tea Party Festival.
We got to Chestertown about an hour before the parade was to start and we made our way to the parade line up. We quickly found the corps. J got his tricorn hat. I have to tell you, this boy rarely gives me a genuine smile in a picture, but I took a picture of him when he first put on the hat and he was beaming!! He was so proud. About 15 minutes before the start of the parade, I left with my other two boys to find a spot along the parade route. My hubby stayed with J and walked the route on the sidewalk "along side" the corps.
My two younger boys and I waited anxiously for the parade to start. First came the military color guard, followed by the town crier, heralding the start of the parade and festival. J's corps was one of the first groups in the parade. I have never heard them perform outside of their practices and they sounded great!! J was so focused on his duty to carry the flag . . . he gets such a serious face and will not smile even for a picture!!!
|Fighting in the street|
|Rowing out for the Tea Party|
|Becoming an official corps member|
|J with his member certificate and two of the corps fifers!|