So you know how I talked a couple of posts ago about going up to northeast Ohio to play in my high school's alumni marching band? Well, here's the performance. We played one song with the current band, sang (yes, our band sings) the alma mater, played one song by ourselves, and then marched off the field playing the school fight song.
Below is a video of the 100-ish member alumni band playing our own song-- Free Ride. Yes, it comes complete with a band dance (our band was known for doing one number where we put our instruments down and danced during a drum break).
I will admit that I was very sore when I woke up Monday morning (Sunday wasn't too bad), but proud that we've still got it. This was the first time my high school had ever had an alumni band and it was mostly in honor of the director's impending retirement at the end of this school year (his first graduating class was the class of 1989). But I think that those who organized it (former students who are now band directors and music educators themselves) are hoping to make this a more regular thing, inviting all alumni, not just one director's former students.
It was fun catching up with the few people from my class that participated and with the few I knew from other classes. It was also fun meeting new people from either some of our director's first classes or from some of the most recent Hudson graduates. The stories about band camp, rehearsals, and code red drills never seem to change...even after over 20 years of marching band under the same director.