[JPhonk] the tiny adorable elephants in the room

Agustina M agusm04 at hotmail.com
Mon Oct 23 10:17:18 EDT 2017

Thank you both! For tonight I can ask the other families not to come, so we can video the Halloween songs.  And until things are clear and everyone agrees!

I will be there tonight from 7-8, would you like me to use your phone Kirk, or I can bring my camera, I'm not sure if it makes a difference in quality...

See you later!

"Un viaje de mil millas comienza por un solo paso" Proverbio chino

De: JPhonk <jphonk-bounces at or8.net> en nombre de Marie Ghitman via JPhonk <jphonk at or8.net>
Enviado: lunes, 23 de octubre de 2017 12:16:11 p.m.
Para: JP honk band messages
Cc: Marie Ghitman
Asunto: Re: [JPhonk] the tiny adorable elephants in the room

Thanks for this Kirk. I would vote for setting some guidelines  - that everyone's welcome as long as parents can prevent kids from being too noisy (ie no screeching and maybe no loud instruments indoors?). We adults probably need some indoor guidelines too (no talking/noodling while someone is talking to the group) - also important outdoors but even more so indoors (so loud in there!) and as we help bring on new members.

Marie Ghitman, MEd, RN
Co-Producer, Jamaica Plain Porchfest and Hoopla Productions

On Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 7:52 AM, Kirk Is via JPhonk <jphonk at or8.net<mailto:jphonk at or8.net>> wrote:
Hi Marie and Agustina -

In a different conversation w/ Marie and some others I wrote:
One thing is the last rehearsal was especially chaotic, but half of that was adding a bunch of grown up musicians (and personally I was doubly stressed because I locked my keys, and tuba, in the car :-D

Camilo is absolutely fine... he's a mellow kid! And also, the sax they give him makes a pretty moderate amount of noise. It's the pile of kids, some of whom are armed with kinda loud percussion, but more worrisomely who screech a bit. Which is a totally normal kid thing to do, but definitely raises the "gah!" level of a rehearsal

One thing I don't understand, and I'm not sure if it's useful for resolving this or not, is what are the parents looking to get for their kids or themselves from it? Obviously the kids generally aren't at the Sanchez point. I think there is a valuable lesson in community, maybe that's what it's about, and it's a good lesson.

In another conversation Agustina suggested maybe "What would you guys think if we say that kids and families are allowed the first Monday of the month during indoor practices?"
That sounds like a reasonable compromise to me I think--

As you can see we're torn, when we're outside it's such a great feeling of community w/ the kid legion.

Do we know what the other parents are going to do this evening? Agustina are you in contact with most of those folks?

I'm also tempted to keep the course as is for a bit, and see if maybe last Monday was especially fraught and high energy and maybe the screeching and drum pounding was not 100% typical ...

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