On Saturday I hitched a ride with two other moms and headed to Annapolis to the Navy and Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the USA Bands Competition.


I never thought my first time seeing that field would be for Arleigh. It was a bit surreal to walk into the stadium…even with Ray’s favorite Dancing Goat.


I can’t wait to go back for a football game. And of course, my beloved Hawaii is never far from my mind. I sat across from the Pearl Harbor sign.


I’ve never been to a band competition. I had no idea what to expect. As a new band parent, I certainly have an appreciation of the work it takes to compete. These kids and some of the parent volunteers have really done an amazing thing to prepare for these events this year.

Honestly, I have no idea what I’m doing. I don’t know music. I knew Arleigh’s high school looked awesome but so did all of the other schools performing. Before the awards were announced we enjoyed a great performance from IUP. They were AMAZING. 

Here’s Arleigh’s band. 


She’s the third sax from the left, behind the “N” in Navy. (I think. It’s hard to see on the computer screen.)

She was so great. Marching is completely new for her and I’m amazed at the choreography. I think that was clearly my word for the day… and impressed. 

They were one of the larger bands and in the last group to perform. We waited with baited breath watching them watch from an upper deck. 


I’m happy to report a big fat WIN!!!! I’m so happy for the seniors. What a great way to start off their freshman year. It was such a great and tiring day. 


I’m also happy to report Bria has a win and scored several goals for her team. It was a great weekend to be a Stiff.