The Sophie Wright Institute for Academic Excellence marching band has been doing a lot of practicing lately. Yesterday I caught them marching down our side street back toward the schoolyard.
I've been wondering why they're practicing so hard -- it's nowhere near Carnival season and football season is over for them. Then, while waiting on Rosie to do her thing in the front yard this morning, I listened to them playing "Angels We Have Heard on High" (well, they were sorta playing it -- some of them might have been playing something different) and thought maybe they were gearing up for a Christmas Program at school. Then they played it again, a little better. And again, better still.
As I opened the back gate to let in the guy from Entergy so he could change out our meters with new ones that can be read remotely (Entergy has been estimating our bills for years -- the meter readers obviously don't have the breaking-and-entering skillz of thugs who steal lawn mowers and, it turns out, cordless drills and Skil saws) , I discovered the reason for the frantic practicing -- the band was loading onto buses wearing Santa hats! They were on their way to march in today's Krewe of Jingle Christmas Parade downtown! Sorry -- I didn't have a camera with me, so you'll just have to trust me on this one.
I think maybe they should've practiced the Christmas music a little more, but they'll do great.
Don't you wonder why they make the 4 girls who play clarinet march in the very back?