Robinson Band Orphan Association
Membership qualifications for the Robinson Band Orphan Association:
Any son, daughter, sister, or brother who consistently waits at school for a family member associated with the band. For example, a younger sister who's older band brother has after school rehearsals and has to wait for band to end to get a ride home. Or the little boy whose mom serves lunch every day during marching band week and he "gets" to restock the drink refrigerator in the cafeteria kitchen. Or the sons and daughters of our directors who arrive with dad early and leave late. The reasons are many but the bottom line is always the same: in band families no one leaves until band is over for the day!
Band orphans: left alone in the halls of Robinson Secondary School to entertain themselves while the band plays on.....and on......and on. But wait! Band orphans are not sad! They may be bored from time to time but they are strong-willed, stubborn, and persistent, determined to overcome their orphan-ness with a variety of entertaining activities. Band orphans can often be found volunteering for the band, moving chairs and stands, fitting marching hats, serving food, or carrying boxes to and from the parking lot. They also spend hours listening to and watching rehearsals and usually know the music (in a variety of parts) as well as the band! A veteran band orphan knows the contents of every vending machine in the building and which restrooms are currently flooded. They are experts at being invisible when necessary but quickly become that vital extra pair of hands when their name is called.
In recent years, some attempt has been made to improve the quality of life for the Robinson Band Orphans. A Band Orphan Nintendo Room was established during Marching Band Week and proved to be quite popular with the orphans, often drawing large crowds of 3 or 4. Band orphans who volunteer during Marching Band Week receive an "historical" band t-shirt from years past.
This page is dedicated to the Robinson Band Orphans, past and present. In keeping with our no names attached to photos policy, only photos are shown.
Some of the Robinson Band Orphans have been members for a very long time.....
Click here to see what they're doing today!
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