A cool but keen “Yeah, sure.” from No. 1 was drowned out by a deafening “YES PLEASE!” from No. 2, and both responses reserved their places on Charlie’s Band Jam course. This commitment would mean sacrificing lazy lie-ins and foregoing precious PS4 time during the half-term break.
“RESULT!” I quietly rejoiced. “Thank you!” I muttered to Charlie.
Monday morning (felt like dawn), we crammed No. 2’s entire drum kit plus No. 1’s electric guitar and amp into our car. Then we tried to squeeze in. A few jabbing elbows, smashing cymbals and arguments later we arrived at the course venue, the fabulous Zed Music Café in Sevenoaks. My younger children and I practiced our roadie skills as we helped lug the car’s weighty contents through the back door of the Café and into the upstairs studios.
Now I’ll have to give my kids and their friends a voice, as I wasn’t present until the final day: word is the Band Jam rocked. It was “cool, amazing, fun, a friendly environment and a good idea.” An effusive stream of positivity not usually associated with teens and pre-pubescent boys kept flowing:
“I loved how we were taught to work together as a team, despite our different ages, and the fact we didn’t all know each other. Our first performance was pretty bad, but we came good in the end.”
I wasn’t entirely surprised that my No. 2 decided to inject an element of humour into his band’s performance by elaborately and repeatedly dropping his drum sticks slapstick style. Questioned later he explained, “I hit the drums too hard, the snare drum wrenched my drum sticks from my hands, but luckily I had a pair for back-up because, Mum, the show had to go on!”
http://www.thebandjam.co.uk - all you need to know about The Band Jam
http://www.thezedmusiccafe.com - the Zed Music Cafe
http://charlottelubbock.com - all about the very talented Charlotte Lubbock
http://www.sweetsports.co.uk - more about Charlie's Tennis and Personal Training