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Ethan Spring (Band) Concert – Attack of the Slide Trombones

Here’s the Trombone section of the Middleton Band playing a trombone solo, Attack of the Slide Trombones.

 

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Ethan Winter (Choral) Concert – You Can Count On Me

Still catching up, here Ethan performed You Can Count On Me in honor of Mr. Gilbert, who passed away in 2012.

 

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Hanukkah Day 5

“What happened to Day 4?” I hear you cry.  Well, I decided to do things a little different this year.  In previous years, I’ve posted something *every* night, and taken pictures… mostly of the presents that our kids opened.  But I realize that just posting a “yadda yadda yadda, we lit candles” posting every day and links to pictures of presents isn’t really in the spirit of Hanukkah.  So now, I only post when there’s something interesting.  Like today, before we lit candles, Ethan opened his present from last night (he slept over at a friends and missed presents) which was the “Real Steel Robots” game, which is amazingly similar to a game I played as a kid called “Rock-Em-Sock-Em Robots”. So here’s a video:

Or, here’s a picture for the Flash Challenged:

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Real Steel Rock Em Sock Em Robots

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Justin’s Winter Concert

We interrupt this Hanukkah to bring you pictures and videos from Justin’s school’s 2nd grade Winter Concert.  Hope you have flash installed, so you can watch these via YouTube.  Link to the pics below.


*** Updated: You can see the still pics here.***

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McCracken Middle School Band – U of I SuperState 2011

***UPDATED: ADDED CORRAL & CAPRICCIO VIDEO***

Below are videos from the McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band performance at the University of Illinois SuperState Band Festival.  Hundreds of Junior High, High School and Collegiate bands come to perform, and two are chosen as SuperState Honor Band.  McCracken Middle School was one of them.  Watch the videos, and you’ll see why.

 
First up, we have announcements and introductions.

 
Next, the Band performs Prestissimo.

 
Now one of my favorites, Unravelling.

 
Next, the band performed Ancient Dialogue.

 
Finally, they performed Chorale & Capriccio.

 
Finally, here are a few pictures of Aaron at the performance.

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MENC North Central Division Conference (Aaron Performance)

The McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band, in which Aaron is a Trombonist, performed at the MENC North Central Division Conference in Cincinnati Ohio this weekend.  Videos of the bands performance, after the jump.

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Happy New Year!

Happy 2011!

There is actually a 2010 “year in review” post planned, with pictures and videos, but it’s taking a bit longer than I expected.  Wait for it! It will be worth it! Meanwhile, have a happy new year!

Update: Sorry, no year in review.  I got busy.  But coming soon (this weekend): videos from Aaron’s MENC performance.

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Hanukkah – 8th Candle

Sigh.  The last “night” of Hanukkah.  I am always a bit bittersweet about the last night – the nine candles (per Menorah – 27 total) blazing, always lights up the room and seems to make it a bit warmer.  But then it’s over.  Bear in mind, our holidays run from sundown to sundown, so Hanukkah officially ends tomorrow at sundown.  But tonight is the last night of lights, of singing, and of course presents.

I had a little fun with the camera tonight.  A few poignant pictures here: The Lights Blazing, then The Last Flame.  As usual, you can see us enjoying the last night of Hanukkah, and a movie below.  Enjoy.

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Hanukkah – 6th Candle (And Movie!)

Today, I caught a quick clip of the kids singing a Hanukkah song, Haneirot Halalu.  Below is the video.  There’s also pictures. Happy Hanukkah!

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Destroy – Build – Destroy

Our family’s version of Destroy Build Destroy, with Legos.

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