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Old 02-06-2010, 08:33 AM   #1
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SOOZE Return of the Band Geeks! What's Next Update! p.25 10/10

Day 1 Trip and Arrival

Day 1 Soarin' as a Family

Day 1 Ending the Day at Epcot

Day 2 No Crowds at DHS

Day 2 More Fun at DHS

Day 2 Lunch at Sci Fi

Day 2 Band Geeks at O'Hana

End Day 2 Monorail Surfing

Day 3 Fairy Garden and Beirgarten

End Day 3 Hoop Dee Doo

Day 4 Breakfast in the Castle

Day 4 Meeting Tiana

Day 4 MK Parade

Day 4 AK Parade and Finding Nemo for the 1st time

End Day 4 Special FotLK Show

Day 5 Surrey Ride and Relaxing Afternoon

Day 5 Le Cellier

End Day 5 Future World

Day 6 Mini Golf and Fun in Japan

End Day 6 Perfect Snow White and Too Crowded DHS

Day 7 American Idol non-Experience

End Day 7 Fairy Fun

Day 8 Kim Possible and TRex

End Day 8 Innoventions Extravaganza!
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:25 AM   #2
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Good snowy morning, everyone! Today seemed like the PERFECT day to get my new PTR going, since it says "Spring Break"... and I'm looking out the window at snow, wind, ice, and a full driveway that needs to be shoveled!


Look at my over-acheiving neighbor. He has been shoveling since 7am. Silly man!

Yes, it looks inviting, doesn't it? But my robe is fuzzy, my coffee is warm, and the DIS is demanding my attention!

Welcome, everyone, to my official RETURN of the BAND GEEKS Pre Trip Report! If you've been with me before, feel free to check in and say HI, but you probably don't need to read much of this first post, because you already know all of us!

If you're new, HOORAY!!! So glad you found me! If you have nothing else to do (maybe because you're under 24 inches of snow somewhere out east), you can click on the underlined dates in my signature, and they will bring you to my old trip reports! Most of them have convenient links on the very first thread, so you won't have to spend a lot of time scrolling! Cool, eh?


So LET's GET THIS GOING!!!!

Part I: Introductions
Our Family (Band Geeks 1) We live in Avon, IN, which is about 5 miles West of Indianapolis. GO COLTS!!

me (Susie): I am 36 years old. I am a 4th grade teacher. I used to perform and teach color guard. I am now a community theater addict. Just got cast in Oliver! at a local theater.
Favorite ride: Expedition Everest
Favorite restaurant: 50s PTC
Favorite character: Ariel
Favorite movie: The Little Mermaid/ Toy Story 'trilogy'!


Tonga Toast... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


DH (Matt): He is 37 years old. He is an associate band director at Avon High School (for those of you in the band world, that's pretty sweet!). He is also in charge of the brass line for the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps (and for those of you in the Drum Corps world, that is also pretty sweet!). The man is more addicted to DisneyWORLD than anyone I know! He convinced me to buy into DVC a few years ago, and it was the best thing our family EVER did! (he also convinced me to get an iPhone.. which was another fabulous idea.. but that's for another post, right?!)
Favorite ride: Soarin'
Favorite restaurant: O'Hana or California Grill
Favorite character: Mickey, the mouse himself!
Favorite movie: Up


He also has the most sarcastic sense of humor EVER. This is the look I get when I try to take pictures of his food for the DIS!


Just so you can see we have normal smiles and we do enjoy each other!


DS (Tyson): Tyson is 9 and is truly a budding addict. We have absolutely brainwashed this kid into thinking the world revolves around the Epcot ball! He is a video game lover (yes... we limit his time... calm down!), he has been taking piano lessons for a year, and is actually getting decent!, he is also a huge Yankee fan (thanks, again, to parental brainwashing) and enjoys following sports. Not playing sports, following them. Let's face it, he is doomed to band geekness like his parents! Oh, he also got cast in Oliver! as one of the orphans and a member of Fagin's gang. We will get to perform together!
Favorite ride: Mission:Space
Favorite restaurant: O'Hana
Favorite character: Mickey
Favorite movie: WallE


This was from summer 08, but Ty wanted the picture of him and WallE since that's his favorite movie, duh!

DD (Shaelyn): Shae will be 4 on this trip (her birthday is Valentine's Day) She is our little red-headed GIRLY GIRL!! She is ALL about princesses and fairies. In my opinion, she is RIPE for this trip. She LOVES meeting all the characters, and she LOVES sitting through shows, parades, performances of all kinds. She is taking dance class, and, if I'd let her, she'd live in her costumes and makeup!! She is also a FABULOUS singer and I'm hoping she will blossom into a true band/ music geek like the rest of us!
Favorite ride: It's a Small World
Favorite restaurant: Cinderella's Royal Table
Favorite character: Cinderella
Favorite movie: The Little Mermaid


Don't you just want to curtsey and say, "Yes, your majesty"?


One family picture so you can see us all together!



Their Family (Band Geeks 2)

Last year, we took a spring break trip with some band-lovin' friends of ours. They actually live right around the corner from us, and Dean and Matt teach together at Avon. As soon as we got home last year, we knew we had to do it again! I don't have a lot of pictures of them, but here are their introductions:

Dean Orchestra diva extraordinaire! Started the program from scratch at Avon. He also teaches the marching band with Matt and he arranges for, and works with Drum Corps during the summer as well. UBER band geek!! (and I mean that with the utmost respect!!) Dean is HILARIOUS!!! You cannot be in a room with this man for longer than 10 minutes without laughing hysterically. He is completely in love with Disney. Completely. When he found out I made dining reservations online, he was appalled. He couldn't believe I didn't want to call and speak with a magical Cast Member!

Adrianna Dean's wonderful wife! She has to put up with all of his shenanigans! She's super friendly and a big lover of gardening. This will be the 2nd time we are going during flower and garden time at Epcot. Hopefully, she'll be able to get more pictures during this trip than last time!
Last year, as we were pulling away from our homes to make the drive to FL, she handed us two full CDs of Disney music! It was such a nice treat to have a potpourri of tunes to keep us occupied for a few hours!

Abby Abby is 11 or maybe she'll be 12 by the time we go. She, like our children, is the product of band geekiness!! She and Tyson get along SO incredibly well, because they share the same sense of humor. We are very excited that the two of them will have each other again on this trip. It makes for GREAT pool-dates, too!


Our Band Geek friends listening to instructions at their very first O'Hana experience


Tyson and Abby

So, now that you know us so well, you can check in, subscribe, say howdy, whatever you like. Then, to keep you occupied, click on the 2009BCV link in my signature to read all about our adventures last year! Soon, I'll be back with some details about the trip!

ENJOY!! And thanks for reading!!!
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:35 AM   #3
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Old 02-06-2010, 11:22 AM   #4
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HI Susie, thought I would start reading along! I have been a "lurker" on your past TR, so I am going to get right in from the start on this one!! Your kiddos are so cute and I LOVE band geeks, in fact I married one My husband was (and in MY opinion still is), an awesome snare drum player. He is already grooming two more drummers at our house, my son and daughter:




Looking forward to hearing about more of your plans!!!

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Old 02-06-2010, 12:34 PM   #6
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HI Susie, thought I would start reading along! I have been a "lurker" on your past TR, so I am going to get right in from the start on this one!! Your kiddos are so cute and I LOVE band geeks, in fact I married one My husband was (and in MY opinion still is), an awesome snare drum player. He is already grooming two more drummers at our house, my son and daughter:




Looking forward to hearing about more of your plans!!!

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HOORAY!! I'm so glad you came out of lurkdom to join in the fun!

I see you're from Minnesota.... what part? My brother in law lives in downtown Minneapolis and is a band director up there, too (not sure of the school name, but I could find out).

I've been trying to convince Tyson to be a drummer (percussionist, to be more proper!), but he insists on playing trumpet like his dad! Did your husband march anywhere? (band/drum corps?)
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I am looking forward to your next report so signing on.

I was never a band member, but was on the Drill team for 3 years in high school back in the late 60's. That hurt to admit I am getting old. Hopefully the fact I have a cousin that is married to a band director in Tn., and a good friend's daughter is a assistant band director in a high school south of Atlanta, will still qualify me to continue reading the band geek reports.
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I am looking forward to your next report so signing on.

I was never a band member, but was on the Drill team for 3 years in high school back in the late 60's. That hurt to admit I am getting old. Hopefully the fact I have a cousin that is married to a band director in Tn., and a good friend's daughter is a assistant band director in a high school south of Atlanta, will still qualify me to continue reading the band geek reports.
First, I have to say I LOVED your reason for editing! That is classic!

Next, I have to say that I LOVE that you were on the Drill team... that TOTALLY classifies you as a band geek, of course!

Finally, to anyone reading, you don't HAVE to be a band geek to read this PTR!! I promise I won't be TOO nerdy...


well, I'll try...
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Hi Sooze, I read your SSR anniversary TR this morning (thanks for the links!)!! A VoL fan, so of course had to read more about you

My DH and I are singers (can we be honorary band geeks? ) and we absolutely adore VoL, catch every set we can when we go to EPCOT. When I was a little girl, I always said, I want to be one of the VoL

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Hi Sooze, I read your SSR anniversary TR this morning (thanks for the links!)!! A VoL fan, so of course had to read more about you

My DH and I are singers (can we be honorary band geeks? ) and we absolutely adore VoL, catch every set we can when we go to EPCOT. When I was a little girl, I always said, I want to be one of the VoL

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AWESOME!!! I'm so glad you found me! I consider myself more of a singer now than a band geek, so you are more than welcome to consider yourself an honorary one!

VoL is SOOOOOOOO amazing. I'm 36 years old and I'm still hoping to be one of them when I grow up!

Thanks for joining us!
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HOORAY!! I'm so glad you came out of lurkdom to join in the fun!

I see you're from Minnesota.... what part? My brother in law lives in downtown Minneapolis and is a band director up there, too (not sure of the school name, but I could find out).

I've been trying to convince Tyson to be a drummer (percussionist, to be more proper!), but he insists on playing trumpet like his dad! Did your husband march anywhere? (band/drum corps?)
We're from the St. Paul suburbs, east-side! My DH played just in the High School band and then the school he went for college didn't have a great music program so he stopped playing. We do LOVE to watch the JAMMitors at Epcot on our trips! I think he secretly wants to be a member!!
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Hi Susie! I'm joining in on the fun!! I just found your PTR! My DH is up in IN a lot for work--his company's headquarters are in Columbus, IN. I see that you are involved in theater!! I was big into theater when I was in high school--I was in all of the plays and musicals. (so I was more of the choir/theater geek way back when) Now DH and I sing together in church and we've been chosen to narrate our Easter musical this year! My DDs are also following in our footsteps--they LOVE to sing! It's so cute!! Oh--and I'm a former teacher--I used to teach Kindergarten before my girls were born! Your kiddos are adorable BTW!! I look forward to reading all about your trip!! We're going to WDW in May and Nov/Dec!! We can't wait!!
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