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Cody's Final Honor Band Concert

Our 8th-grader, Cody, played his final Honor Band conert Wednesday night. It is hard to express how proud we are of this fine young man. When we moved to Texas and he was starting 7th grade, he already played piano and guitar, and he wanted to join band. They don't have piano or guitar in grade school bands here. So he started in beginner percussion. Because he could already read music, he advanced pretty quickly in percussion. By the start of 8th grade, he was promoted to Honor Band. 

And now look at him! It is no wonder we are so proud.

Here are the videos of the Honor Band performance. Worth noting: the Band Director at Hildebrandt School (in Klein ISD) is Mr. Yarbrough, and is quite renowned. He's moving on to another school after this school year, so this was his final Honor Band concert too. We consider ourselves VERY fortunate that both our kids got to spend some time in Myr. Yarbrough's band. 

The first song:

The second piece:


The third piece - this one was basically a performance by the percussion group, accompanied by the band, and is really outstanding. (Unfortunately, Cody was tucked in behind the upright chimes, but you can still see him back there, running between instruments, and the whole group really performed beautifully.)


Finally, the whole band played an extra song, one of Mr. Yarbrough's favorites, to send him on his way to the new school. They were joined by one of Mr. Yarbrough's daughters, who is in the local high-school band. 


John P. Needham

Spring, TX

May 27, 2016




First Day of School 2013

Today is the first day of school in Aurora. This means Bailey and Cody are heading back to the classroom. It also means that they are back in the same school again, after a year where Bay was in middle-school and Cody was still in primary school.

We're happy to have them back in the same school, an on the same schedule, even though Cody is not the early-riser that Bailey has always been. This will likely be a challenge for Cody in coming days and weeks.

Cody has some trepidation about middle-school, though the rest of us are quite sure he'll do just fine. He is not as big a fan of change as we are. 

I think it helps that Cody's older brother will be in school with him, and he'll also have tons of friends from his primay school with him too. 

We're super-proud of *both* boys and I was happy to be able to work from home today to walk them both to the bus stop. Now I can't wait until they get home so we can get a full report on their first day!

John Needham

August 19, 2013

Aurora, IL