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Brag on your kids

Postby skinsfan#33 » Tue Nov 05, 2013 1:39 pm

I couldn't find a thread to put this in but I wanted to brag on my daughter's high school marching band and thought it was a good opportunity to have a thread for others to brag on their kids.

This is my daughters first year in high school and she joined the marching band. You have to understand she didn't just join any marching band but her high school (Chopticon HS in St Mary's county) was the reigning USBands division 2A National Champions and has won the Mid-Atlantic State Championship for Md every year since 2009. This year USBands told the school that they really should be in a higher division (2 Open) and they thought they would be competitive, but “they wouldn’t be able to compete with the big boys”.

Well this year all Chopticon did was go out and win every competition they entered prior to the State Championship. In fact they had the highest score, regardless of class, in their final 3 competitions! Because they were told they wouldn’t be able “to compete with the big boys” they weren’t planning on competing at Nationals, but as the season progressed it was clear they should try. The problem was for division 2 Open, Nationals and the Mid-Atlantic States Championship was on the same day. This was only the case for 2 Open and only for the Mid-Atlantic state teams.

So last Friday they traveled to NJ to compete at USBands National competition in Met Life Stadium (yes, the home of the Giants, Jets and the site of this year’s SB) on Saturday. The team competed early Saturday afternoon (12:40), ran off the field, packed up and hauled tail for Annapolis to compete at Mid-Atlantics States competition early that same night (~6:40pm).

I would love to say they won both a National and State Championship in the same day, however they finished 3rd at Nationals, but they did win their fifth consecutive State Championship (the first in the higher 2 Open class)! There was only one Virginia band in the 2 open division at States and all the Maryland teams finished ahead of them.

I would like to congratulate Mr. Todd Burroughs, the Chopitcon Marching band coordinator; all the band booster and pit crew parents; but most of all the incredible boys and girls that represented southern Md with pride! And when it was all said and done we had seniors that won a state championship every year they were in high school plus a National championship the final year in 2A division and finished 3rd at the National level the first year in the higher 2 Open division.

I would say that qualifies as “competing with the big boys!”
P.S. - I was one of the pit crew parents and it was extremely cool to be on the same field that the Superbowl will be played on this year. Also, that stadium has the upper decks just looming over the field. I have some shots if anyone wants to see.
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Re: Brag on your kids

Postby Deadskins » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:34 pm

That's great, sf#33. But you didn't say what instrument she plays.


My son is also a freshman in HS, btw.
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Re: Brag on your kids

Postby skinsfan#33 » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:59 pm

Deadskins wrote:That's great, sf#33. But you didn't say what instrument she plays.


My son is also a freshman in HS, btw.


Thanks!

She plays clarinet, this year, but may play alto sax next year. (also, plays piano).

BTW. I have a son that has played tackle football and that takes up a lot of time... it isn't even close to the amount of time these kids put into marching band.
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Re: Brag on your kids

Postby emoses14 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:06 pm

skinsfan#33 wrote:
Deadskins wrote:That's great, sf#33. But you didn't say what instrument she plays.


My son is also a freshman in HS, btw.


Thanks!

She plays clarinet, this year, but may play alto sax next year. (also, plays piano).

BTW. I have a son that has played tackle football and that takes up a lot of time... it isn't even close to the amount of time these kids put into marching band.


Congrats Skinsfan, or rather congrats to your clearly more talented daughter.
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Re: Brag on your kids

Postby redskinz4ever » Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:43 pm

ok so my son is eight years old and he loves basketball he has been through some summer camps and "upward basketball" and this year will be his first organized team sport .... he is left handed and loves to play defense what im proud of most is that he really wants to be good at basketball. we work on everything from defense to drbbling and he never wants to stop .... he plays mostly the 1 or 2 ..... his first game isnt til after christmas so he is ready to get on the court ..... well that it for now .... will post some pictures when he begins league play.
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Re: Brag on your kids

Postby KazooSkinsFan » Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:24 am

skinsfan#33 wrote:I couldn't find a thread to put this in but I wanted to brag on my daughter's high school marching band and thought it was a good opportunity to have a thread for others to brag on their kids.


Congrats, skinsfan#33!

As for me, my oldest daughter graduated from Duke last year with a double major in mathematics and French. She graduated with distinction and won an award for the best paper written in a foreign language. She's in France this year on a Duke program teaching English in a French High School. In the fall, she's going to Berkley to start working on her PhD in French. She wants to be a French professor. She got a free ride for at least 5 years, which includes free tuition, free healthcare and a stipend that is plenty to live on so she'll have no debt when she graduates. I paid for her Duke degree, so she has no undergraduate debt either.

I have two girls, the younger one just graduated from High School a semester early, so she's going to the local community college. Not sure where she'll end up yet. She's every bit as smart as her sister, but not as driven in academics so we'll see how that one turns out. She did win awards for piano and a county wide writing competition in high school.
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Re: Brag on your kids

Postby langleyparkjoe » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:17 am

Congrats to all of you for supporting your kids unconditionally!!!
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Re: Brag on your kids

Postby Countertrey » Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:27 pm

LPJ... Does it count if I send them money a couple of times a year?
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Re: Brag on your kids

Postby langleyparkjoe » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:18 am

Countertrey wrote:LPJ... Does it count if I send them money a couple of times a year?


YES YES OF COURSE !!!!!!!!

Not all of us have the privilege of seeing them throughout the year so if you can HELP them in any way, that's a major plus in my book !!!

I'm happy that PG County's "lotto" system for school has helped my eldest. She gets to go to a TAG school instead of her nearest school (which has major issues) so I'm very relieved as she's going into 6th grade in September.

Anyways, I'm rambling.. God bless you parents, its not an easy job.. and keep bragging, you earned it !!!!
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Re: Brag on your kids

Postby Deadskins » Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:11 pm

langleyparkjoe wrote:keep bragging, you earned it !!!!

Yes, becoming a parent requires such strenuous effort. :P
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