Grand Nationals recap

If you were following me on Twitter this past Saturday night, you may have noticed that I was tweeting about #grandnationals. Nonstop.

Yeah. Sorry about that.

If you’re not familiar with the event, the Bands of America Grand National Championships is an event which brings together high school marching bands from all over the country to perform for one another and before a huge audience of their peers and the general public.

Fair disclosure: I used to work for Bands of America. It was tough, but I loved it. I loved band. Last week, our hometown band packed up and left for Indianapolis, and I packed up my family and followed. Big Sis is a 5th grade beginning band student who plays the saxophone. I thought showing her how the big kids do it would be a great incentive to stay in band for another (gulp!) eight years.

We went and were floored by the quality of the performances. The folks at the National Association of Music Parents learned that I was the parent of a beginning band student, and wanted to hear what I thought of the event. It’s my first blog post for them, so I’d be much obliged if you’d leave a comment there for me, or even share it on Twitter or Facebook.

This band was a lot of fun to watch. They used fully functional QR codes as giant prop banners on the field. They tweet, too! I think they might just win for best use of social media.

DJ Corchin did a great recap at He’s super funny, and he plays trombone, which makes him a-ok in my book. Check it out!

In the meantime, here are a few photos from the event. Enjoy!

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Kathleen Heuer is a serial arts advocate and volunteer. She is the mom of two beautiful girls, wife to a brilliant nuclear engineer, and referee between her golden retriever and her hissy 18-year-old cat. For more, go to
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