My journey to shoot for the moon.

I can’t do a whole post about the Pine Lane Intermediate School Men’s Choir and not do a posting about the Band and Choir that David participates in. David is an 8th grader at Sierra Middle School.

David plays the Tenor Saxophone in the Band and also in the Jazz Band. Jazz Band meets once a week after school and Band is a class that meets daily and the kids get a grade.

During December, every year, the Sierra Middle School Band gives a concert. It is my understanding, from Mr. Reinschmidt, the Music Director, this is a complicated endeavor. It is complicated because the students don’t get to rehearse together. Band is taught during several class periods every day, as there are too many students to teach at once. The only time they really get to play together is during performances.

The Holiday Concert was nice. First, the Orchestra performed. I admit that I’m not much of a Band/Orchestra Enthusiast. I go because David is performing. This year there was a very talented Violin Soloist and I really enjoyed his solo. After Orchestra, Band performed.

David going on stage. He's the one in the white dress shirt.

David, because he plays the sax, is further back in the band. We can never see him playing. No matter where we sit. The only time I’ve been able to see him is when we are seated in bleachers and the kids are playing on the gym floor.  This also means that I can’t ever get good pictures of David playing.  As you can see from the pictures I’ve posted, I can get him walking on and walking off the stage.  Generally that is it.

The Band played some music I recognized and that made it more enjoyable for me.  David always asks what song I liked the best and I always find it difficult to answer.  Imagine sitting in the auditorium/cafeteria.  The kids are on the stage.  The acoustics aren’t the best.  And you’re hearing impaired.  It makes “hearing” difficult at times.

David coming off the stage after his performance - he is not wearing a Santa hat.

Mr. Reinschmidt was quite pleased with the performances.  That is good enough for me.

David is an aid for Mr. Reinschmidt (remember I’m homeschooling him in Social Studies). He is fondly referred to by Mr. Reinschmidt as his Band Aid. I’ve commented to David that he is the sticky stuff that keep band together. It seems though that he and Mr. Reinschmidt are two peas in a pod. They both enjoy many of the same things; Dr. Who, Star Trek and other “geeky” things. This means that they have a lot in common and, as David is quite unique for a Middle School Student, David often gets references to things that his classmates don’t.

This year, Mr. Reinschmidt started a Men’s Choir at the middle school. From what I’ve observed, generally, Choir is made up of mostly girls. David and Mr. Reinschmidt discussed the Men’s Choir prior to Mr. Reinschmidt committing to it. David was all for it. Men’s Choir meets before school one day a week.

David before the Men's Choir Concert.

The Men’s Choir is small.  There are 6 of them, including Mr. Reinschmidt.  Four of the boys sing in the general Choir.  And David.  The Men’s Choir performed on a different night than the Band and Orchestra.  That meant that we were at Concerts two nights in a row.  However, the Men’s Choir performed in the High School theater on the same night as the general Choir.  The Orchestra accompanied the general Choir.  It was very impressive.

Sierra Middle School Choir and Orchestra

The Men’s Choir sang first and they sang two songs.  First, they sang the theme song from Two and a Half Men.  I didn’t know the lyrics until I looked them up, but it seems fitting.

Mr. Reinschmidt, in the suit, and David next to him.

Two and a Half Men Theme Song

“Men men men men, manly men men men!”
“Men men men men, manly men men men!”
“Men men men men, manly men, oo hoo hoo, hoo hoo, oo.
“Men men men men, manly men men men!”
“Men men men men, manly men men men!”
“Men …”


The Men’s Choir then sang “Little St. Nick.”  They did very nicely and seemed to have a great time.    I think that the best part for me was that David loosened up a bit.  He danced (a bit) and smiled a lot.  He was part of something fun (not that Band isn’t fun, but since he gets a grade, it is work).  It was something special.  Finally, looking at Mr. Reinschmidt’s expressions, you can tell that he was having a great time with his students.  I think that this is what keeps teachers teaching.  That is, when they can work with a group of kids and have a great time, it helps to recharge them so that they continue teaching.

David got a letter from the High School today about registering for next year.  It means that his Sierra Middle School Band and Choir days are quickly coming to an end.  Michael isn’t playing an instrument, so he won’t be in Band.  I don’t know if he is going to choose to sing in Choir.  He’s only in 5th grade, so he has some time to decide.  But, this may be our last Holiday Concert at Sierra.

Mr. Reinschmidt has been amazing, not only as a musical influence on David, but as a role model of a man who is very comfortable in who he is, even when he is unconventional.  I am so very thankful that he has been a large part of David’s experience at Sierra Middle School.

I am looking forward to the next Choir concert.  Apparently, Mr. Reinschmidt and David decided that they are going to sing “The Rainbow Connection” from the Muppet Movie and another song that I can’t remember right now.  I am expecting that Mr. Reinschmidt, with David’s help, will make it an experience I will never forget.


Comments on: "Sierra Middle School Band and Choir" (2)

  1. If this turns out to be your last Holiday Concert at Sierra, it was memorable and you can be proud of David.


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