My middle school choir earned a "Superior" rating in a regional festival we have gone to every year since I was in middle school. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME ANY CHOIR IN OUR SCHOOL HAS EARNED THAT!
Anyway, that was exciting. It made leaving the school at 6AM totally worth it. (And it makes me ashamed that I got really grumpy at a few kids who didn't listen to me, and told their parents to pick them up a half an hour too late... :-( )
So that's exciting.
But it's not much of a story. HERE is the [doesn't count as bragging because I have nothing to do with it] story:
We have a student in our school who is a cello prodigy. I distinctly remember when he played a solo at the Spring concert when he was in second grade. He went right before a twelfth grade cellist who was no slouch herself. But I felt bad for her, because her performance was a complete letdown after the seven year old had finished.
The student is now in middle school. And he is (and I say this lovingly as background to the story) by any usual definition not at all cool.
He performed last in the instrumental solos category. I was there two performances early, and a group of people near me were talking about him -- how well he had performed in previous years, etc. The room was filling up. By five minutes to his performance all the seats were taken, and there were people lining the walls about two deep. The hall monitor walked in and had a whispered conference with the judges. The judges nodded. She opened the door and let in a whole slew of people who ended up sitting on the floor a bit into the performance area.
The cellist was playing a Shostakovich piece. This piece, in fact: [starting around 8:45]
When he finished, some little boys (not from our school) LEAPED out of their seats and started cheering and hooting and clapping and hollering. The standing ovation lasted for quite a while. And then, while he waited for the judges, a whole crowd of them got him to autograph their programs! It was really cute. And he deserved it as well. But I never expected to see middle schoolers asking a rather nerdy fellow middle school cellist for his autograph! :-D
Then he played at the award ceremony. What I found particularly adorable, was that he came to me and said, "Miss V., will I have to say anything?" He was SO nervous. And he was clearly really REALLY nervous when he announced his piece. But as soon as he starts playing, it's brilliant!
Then, when he ended he got TWO standing ovations... and another when he went up to get his prize for first place/perfect score.
When he starts playing the cello, he is by EVERYONE's definition, very, very cool!
And when I told my mom about the autographs, she said, "They're smart... they'll be able to sell it on ebay one day."
I hope she's right! :-D