our school has a christmas concert each year. i usually attend, but this year it was nice because diana wanted to go as well! we sat and listened to the beginner band and the recorders, then the regular band played, along with the choir. midway through the concert, diana leaned over to me and said 'make sure i call my dad when we are done and thank him'. later i asked her why, and she said that when she was in band in middle school she was always so excited for band concerts, but didnt understand why her dad always seemed to hate them. now, hearing a middle school band play, she realizes why it was such torture for her father! it hurts the ears, but still her father went to support her. at this age the kids are not exactly what you would call 'good', but its fun to watch them give it their best!