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Old 03-01-2009, 07:34 PM   #1
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BAND GEEKS Takin' Over the World! LINK TO NEW TR!! Go to last page 10/17

Welcome to my TR! Here are links to individual posts. Don't forget to leave a comment if you feel so inclined Thanks for those of you who have been waiting around for it.

If you're new and want to read the PTR, just scroll on down!

Enjoy everyone!

Episode #1 The Trip

Episode #2 1st Stop EPCOT

Episode #3 Divide and Conquer

Episode #4 POP Goes the Nap Time

Episode #5 O'Hana and EMH at MK

Episode #6 AK and moving into BCV

Episode #7 An extra special Princess

Episode #8 Finally riding TSM!

Episode #9 Visit to Fort Wilderness

Episode #10 Breakfast at Akershus

Episode #10 Continued

Episode #11 TyTy Time at AK and Student Meet and Greet at Illuminations

Episode #12 Finally seeing the Fairies!

Episode #13 Bullies at Belle's Story Time

Episode #14 TRex and La Nouba

Episode #15 American Idol Experience!

Episode #16 Flower and Garden stuff

Episode #16 Continued.. Wrapping up the trip at Epcot

Hello there everyone! Welcome to my newest PTR! I'm starting this with only 27 days to go. Let me start by explaining the title.

First of all, I am technically, officially, and completely allowed to use the term "band geek". Why? What qualifies me? Well... I AM ONE!!

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Susie.



I am a third grade teacher in a suburb of Indianapolis called Avon. And, NO, I don't sell make-up or ring doorbells. I DO, however, participate in community theater:


I also LOVE the arts... all kinds! Even drawing!


And acting, of course!


All of my love for the arts started way back, back when I became a band geek. I started with the piano, moved on to flute... then to percussion. Decided to play saxophone and even did a stint as drum major. All of this lead to my desire to be in the color guard! Once that started, my life changed. I really came out of my shell, met my DH, taught color guard for a LONG time.. then moved on to theatre. I still teach color guard camps, clinics, and other special occasions. Like this past winter, DH and I were asked to teach the Bands of America Tournament of Roses Honor Band.


Here we are in sunny CA:




Here is the float our honor band was partnered with:


And here are some of the girls in my color guard:



So.. you can see. I'm pretty much a band geek. But I couldn't call a whole TR "Band Geeks Takin' Over the World" if it was ust me, right?

Well, you caught a glance of my handsome DH. That's Matt. He is an associate band director here in Avon. It's a pretty incredible band program. They just won the Bands of America Grand National Championship this past year. He is not only a band geek, he is an UBER band geek. When he is not teaching band (which is hardly EVER), he is the brass caption-head at Carolina Crown, a drum and bugle corps! His dad was a band director and his brother is a band director. Yup... Band geek through and through!

Here is another picture of us:



And my favorite one of Matt:



Two band geeks enough? How about the kiddos. OK, they really aren't old enough to be band geeks yet... but with the history of the family... they are DOOMED!!!

The first is our DS, Tyson. He is a 2nd grader. Taking piano lessons, playing basketball, performed in a few shows with me. Handsome as can be!

Then we have our little princess, Shaelyn. She just turned 3 on Valentine's Day. Her big thing right now is potty training. It'll be interesting debating pull-ups or panties on this trip!!

Here are our darlings:





But WAIT! There's MORE!

We have some dear friends that planned a vacation the SAME time we did! They live about 45 seconds away from us in Avon.... and.. YES... they are BAND GEEKS TOO!!!

Dean is a band director at Avon, as well. Actually, he is starting up their orchestra program. He also teaches drum and bugle corps and went to CA with us to teach the Honor Band! Here are Matt and Dean in the limo on the way to the airport:


Then we have Dean's lovely wife, Adrianna. She is a band geek by marriage. Maybe we could call that band geek-in-law? She adores gardening and all things flowery. She will be going to town taking pictures at the flower and garden festival!

Finally, rounding out our troup of band geeks, we have Dean and Adrianna's daughter, Abby. Again.. a bit too young to be a true band geek, but definitley destined to be one!

Here are Tyson, Abby, and Adrianna in the limo:


Dean and Adrianna at the float making tent in CA:


Tyson and Abby at the Pacific Ocean:


Matt, Dean and Abby being silly outside of the Grand Californian Hotel:


So, as you can see, our families have GOBS of fun together. Lots of laughter... lots and lots of laughter!!

But what is even MORE special.. the MOST special.. is this:

Even though band eats up a majority of our lives... DISNEY is JUST as important to all of us!! When we found out that we were both planning a trip at the same time, we couldn't stop smiling, planning, anticipating, and celebrating!!

Now, we are not traveling or staying together. They are hauling a camper to Ft. Wilderness. We are staying at BCV (We have been DVC members since 2004). We plan on doing some things together, but mostly plan to have our own family time.

Stay tuned for our joint plans, separate plans, and pictures of our Disney planning meetings!

Yes... we have Disney meetings...

You love us already, don't you!

Sign in and let me know you're along for the ride!! I'll be baaaaaack!
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Old 03-01-2009, 07:37 PM   #2
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By the Way

If you REALLY want to get to know me and my family, feel free to click on any of the trips in my signature that are underlined. They are linked to their corresponding Trip Report!!

You're impressed... aren't you?!
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I'm in! I LOVE your reports Sooze! How fun to have friends at WDW at the same time, we have experienced this as well...soooo fun! Love the first picture of you, it is beautiful. Shea has gotten sooo big! I think the picture of the 2 of them laying on the floor together is PRECIOUS!!
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I am you in the future! fellow band geek here looking forward to your PTR and your trip report! It's so soon!
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Old 03-01-2009, 08:02 PM   #5
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I'm in! I LOVE your reports Sooze! How fun to have friends at WDW at the same time, we have experienced this as well...soooo fun! Love the first picture of you, it is beautiful. Shea has gotten sooo big! I think the picture of the 2 of them laying on the floor together is PRECIOUS!!

Glad you found me again! I tried sending a PM to a bunch of my usual readers but it only let me send 5 at a time! Yes, I look back at the TRs I've written and just can't believe how fast they are growing. And my DISfriends have been watching them grow with me!!


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I am you in the future! fellow band geek here looking forward to your PTR and your trip report! It's so soon!
Welcome! Glad to have you along. What instrument do you play? Are you going to marry a band director?!
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I'm in!! Love the start. You are too funny.
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haha- i am not going to marry a band director, my bf actually highly enjoys making fun of my geekyness! he loves it though. I played the flute. I highly enjoy all the parades at Disney bc of the marching bands in them from time to time! Your mickey pizza looks soooo yummy, I found the hidden Mickey in the blueberries!!
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Class Souvies!!

While I'm waiting for the computer (which, according to the tracking # is on a Fed Ex truck in Indianapolis TODAY!!!), I figured I could do a little update about the souvies I got for the class!

I took Tim's amazing idea and went with it! On our last day at each park, I snagged about 30 maps. I was able to bring them home neatly and got to present each student in my class with a fresh map from each of the four parks. They were so excited to open them up and look at all of the great places to go! Only a few of my kids have ever been to Disney (I teach in a pretty low socio-economic area), so it was fun for them to see what is there.

After they browsed for a few minutes, we did some map activities! We looked at the map keys and I quizzed them on what symbols on the map meant. We listed some things that the kids would love to do or see most. Finally, I gave them a times guide for Animal Kingdom. We decided if we were able to go see "Festival of the Lion King" AND "Finding Nemo:the Musical" if we didn't arrive at the park until after lunch. It was a blast!

So.. thanks Tim!! The idea was perfect!

Now, my next dilemma... I'm looping with my class.. so I'll have all of the same kids in 4th grade. You KNOW I'll be visiting the worlds AT LEAST once next school year. So, start thinking of new ideas!

By the way.. I did bring a little banner that I was going to have all of the characters sign. But after the first few hours in the rain.. and the banner didn't fit all the way in my bag... I was done with that! So maybe I can try that one again!

Hang tight, everyone. Trip Report coming soon!
Man... I hope I remember what we did!
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keeping with the mapping theme and no cost to you, before you leave on your trip, you could tell them to map out your path around the park, and on the board put down the time that it will take to wait and ride certain rides, and you have to be done at a certain time to make it to the 3 oclock parade, and see what they come up with

or something along those lines.
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keeping with the mapping theme and no cost to you, before you leave on your trip, you could tell them to map out your path around the park, and on the board put down the time that it will take to wait and ride certain rides, and you have to be done at a certain time to make it to the 3 oclock parade, and see what they come up with

or something along those lines.
Nothing like applying real-life math skills! Sounds like a lesson plan to me!
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It's heeeeerrrrreeee!!

It's here.. our brand new iMac... it's HUGE!!! It doesn't even fit in our desk.. which kinda looks bad... but, man is it awesome!

All I did was plug the thing in... it found our wireless signal all by itself and bam! I was ready to go. Still have to set up mobile me accounts and stuff like that, but I'm plugging the camera in TONIGHT!! It's time to get this TR going!
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Can't wait to read your report. Sure do wish it was April again and we were back there watching DD march. I am sure your report will take me right back!
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Hi from another band geek!

I haven't gone through and read everything yet, but the title caught my eye and I thought "hey, I didn't write that..."

My wife and I were both members of the LSU Tiger Marching Band. Band stuff has calmed down for both of us more recently, especially since we moved to Houston, but the spirit lives on.

In high school, our marching band took trips every other year to WDW, and that's probably how my Disney obsession started.

Just wanted to say hi!
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Sooze,

I thought I would stop lurking and post a comment.

Great start to your report!

I agree with you about Spectro Magic and the masked guys on balls. That was toooo freaky! I was so glad when they took those off.

Beach Club looks fabulous. I have never stayed in the villas but they are comparable in size to the vacation club where we own. I keep trying to talk DH into DVC but no luck. He is agreeing to one trip every year so I guess I should not push it with him!

Looking forward to your next update!

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