Practice Makes Perfect

Talk about timing.  The planets are lined up in some great order these past few days.

Last Friday, May 1, I finally took the plunge and started a blog.  This Tuesday, May 5, I saw a tweet on Twitter about a 21 Day Blogging Challenge.  This is being sponsored by the guys hosting RE Barcamp Phiadelphia.  The only rules are to post every day for 21 days consecutively.  The idea is that it takes 21 days to form a new habit.  They just want us to get into the habit of blogging.  PERFECT!  This is just what I need!  The first two days were pretty easy.  Today, is a different story.  All day I have been struggling on a topic. 

Tonight I was sitting in the sanctuary of Household of Faith church in Gonzales.  I was there to watch my 16 year old daughter perform at the  Spring Concert for the St. Amant High School Band.  As I listened to the band director, Craig Millett, speak about the the progress the band had made the light bulb went off.  Practice makes perfect!  I will blog about practice.

I have been associated with the St. Amant Band for three years now.  Practicing is an art for these band instructors.  It amazes me every year to see what Mr. Millett and Mr. Nassar do with this group of students over 200 strong.  I do not have a musical bone in my body so I am of no help to these great men!  The band practices for two weeks for 10 hours a day the two weeks before school starts.  During Marching season, they practice every afternoon until 5ish Tuesday thru Thursday to prepare for Friday’s big game.  Then they start practicing for Festival.  They go to District and then always make it to State.  All of the above practicing is after they have been in Band Class during the day.  Talk about dedication!  As a parent, it still amazes me to see how they grow from the beginning of the year to the Christmas Concert and then to the Spring Concert.  Every year I get chills when they play.  Amazing! 

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It’s funny how sitting at a High School band concert inspires you to push yourself out of your comfort zone.  What I walked away with tonight is Practice. Practice makes perfect. 

Whether you play music, blog, run, etc… Join me in having the dedication to practice!

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