If you've read Dave's post from earlier this evening, you know that Joshua's marching band got a superior rating at the state competition yesterday. After the competition, the trombone section went out for supper at a relatively local restaurant. Since Joshua needed a ride anyway, he went ahead and volunteered Dave and me to drive two other kids, in addition to him, to and from the meal.
When we got to the restaurant, we discovered that Joshua's group had to wait about 1/2 hour to get a table. Since Dave and I only needed a table for two, we were seated right away. Joshua's group was just getting seated as we were paying our bill. We browsed around Best Buy for awhile, then sat in the car and listened to the radio until the kids decided they were ready to go home - around 10:00 or so. I'm glad last night was the night to turn the clocks back an hour (my favorite night of the year, by far!).
On to the photos. First - instruments waiting to be loaded onto one of the trucks. We used two moving trucks to transport instruments, plus several SUVs, pickups, etc., to haul the scoreboard, dugouts and other props, including golf carts and tractors to tow things onto and away from the field.
Second, instruments actually being loaded onto a truck. As you can see, Oakton parents believe in equal opportunity for all - none of this, "the men will get the big stuff (i.e, sousaphones) and the ladies will get the little things (i.e., piccolos)" garbage.
Joshua before last week's show. The sun was setting as they were preparing for the show. It was fully dark by the time they performed.
Joshua after last night's show. It was not dark yet, but storm clouds were coming in fast.