During the break between prelims and finals the band left their instruments in interesting patterns. (They were watched over by a couple of parents.) My son had a lot of fun, but it was also a lot of hard work. I think he is ready to rest a bit! I am always torn when it is over--I love watching them perform, but there are things I miss out on (like camera club field trips). I have been a "band mom" for 8 years with 2 more years to go. I won't know what to do with weekends in October!