“There are ‘band kids’ and then there are ‘kids in band.’ I’m a kid in band. There’s a difference.” says Jackson. The faces of the graduating seniors on the football team watch over the parking lot where the marching band rehearses.
“We knew if we could get him through this year, he’d be just fine,” say Jackson’s parents, Amy and Scott, regarding their son’s full schedule. Once Jackson started driving, it made handling the load significantly easier.
“If you want to take band class, you have to do marching band,” says Jackson. “Mr. Bell wouldn’t even make an exception for me. I’m grateful for the class, it’s the main time that I’m able to practice.”
“These are not the ones they usually give out,” laughs Jackson’s friend Will (right) after seeing the breakfast burritos provided by the school cafeteria. “These look awful.”
Jackson removes his cleats and enters the locker room following football practice.
Just before 7 a.m., Jackson receives a text from a neighbor asking if he can pick up her children for school.
With the sun setting, the Grayson County Marching Cougars practice their number in the football stadium parking lot.
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen,” prays the Grayson County High School football team in the locker room before a game.
A smile quickly flashes across Jackson’s face as he plays with the band during halftime.
I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.