I have tried to keep this Blog focused on baseball. I know it’s the first day of the NFL Draft, the NBA playoffs are going on, and the Os could actually be in first in the AL East by the end of the day, but, but as far as I’m concerned, the most exciting thing that happened today doesn’t involve professional sports.
The Arundel High School Music Department has been crowned Overall Grand Champions of the Festival Music Competition in Orlando, Florida. Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Guard, the Percussion Ensemble, and two choral groups all won Grand Championships in their events. They were the Grand Champions in every event that they entered.
None of these kids will be getting $25 Million signing bonuses. You won’t see their faces on ESPN. You won’t even see an article in the Baltimore newspaper, but nobody works harder than these kids. The Marching Band and Guard start working in mid-summer, in the heat and humidity of Maryland, with 8 hour a day practices. After school starts, they practice 3 hours a night as a group. This doesn’t count the time each one of them spends at home practicing their individual instruments.
My youngest daughter is a member of several of the AHS bands, and I couldn’t be prouder.