Concert etiquette in junior high…

and no this is not about the kids. The kids behaved quite well. It’s the parents I’m concerned about. I’ll confess to checking my Twitter feed during the concert but the people behind me chatted all the way through the choral performance. I joined one part of the conversation when they said that the Hanes T-shirts made the chorus look like candy – I said it reminded me of Skittles, they mentioned LifeSavers and Tropical Dots, I finished with Starbursts. Then they started singing the next song.
After the chorus finished over 1/2 the audience got up and left. I was reminded of my daughter complaining that by the time the orchestra performed there was no one to listen. It’s been 9 years and the pattern is the same. By the time the orchestra played, less than 1/4 of the hall was still there. By the time the jazz band came on – the only people were the parents and friends of the jazz band – all 50 of us.
It reminded me that the jr. high my older son went to had the choral performance bracketing the band and orchestra – so everyone could have an audience.

By the way, everyone who left early? They missed an incredible jazz and blues performance that sounded closer to professional than junior high. I’m not just saying that because I’m the drummers mom.

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  1. Eileen

     /  May 21, 2009

    I know; it’s sad, isn’t it? I went to my son’s 4th, 5th, and 6th grade concert last night (we have odd schools here). There were smaller children talking and running around, with parents not trying to control them; adults talking through the whole thing; and my “favorite”: the grandmother in the row behind me, singing along with the chorus songs from the 60’s, two steps out of tune, ignoring me when I asked her to please stop. She was TWO ROWS away from the kids. And one proud mom, whose daughter was singing a solo, tried to videotape it, but since the singing woman was right in front of her, I’m sure that’s all they’ll hear. 😦


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