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Homeschool Marching Band

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Marching to beat of their own drum, students file into a room at Village Bible Church early each Saturday morning for Marching Band practice. They dont have a practice field or instrument truck. They dont even go to the same school. In fact, these students dont go to traditional school all-they are home-school. And though scheduling practice is difficult, 39 students in elementary through high school who are part of Orange Coast Musical Arts Sound wave Homeschool Marching Band compete in field show tournaments throughout the year. Home-school students have a very different schedule than their public school counterparts, OCMA Director Donn Hallman say. Most of these kids are involved in twice as many activities as public school kid. The band practices twice a week, on Friday and Saturday mornings, for a total of eight hours. Members rely on the generosity of local churches to provide practice space, and without scheduled class period or prospect of receiving grade, parents hold the primary responsibility of making sure their children attend. When Andrew Edmonds, 17, first joined Sound wave three years ago, he say, his parents often had to force him to go. But when he took over for friend as drum captain, he fell in love with snare drums. I hope that everyone can learn from this experience and focus on if this is what they want to do or if this is just something that they have to do, Edmonds say. In the beginning, it was something I had to do, but now it is something I want to do. Hallman said Sound Waves is the only home-school Marching Band in the western United States and that band has grown exponentially since it was formed in 2005. Some home-schoolers travel as much as an hour each way just to be part of Sound Waves. Because it is the only group of its kind available to many of these kids, Hallman say, it is important that it be open to students of all ages. The band competes in the 1A division of the Southern California Judging Association field show Tournament Association against other smaller bands that are solely made up of high school students. Wide age range allows students to stay in a band for much longer and get to know each other well. There are some kids that grow up in front of you, and that something to marvel at, Hallman say. One of those students is flute player Katelyn Fraley, who began taking music lessons through OCMA at age 4. Fraley, now 14, says shes form many long-lasting friendships in band and hops to pursue a music major in college. It helps me with team work and getting along with others while helping me become a better musician, she say. Age range, Hallman say, also provides valuable opportunity for older students to mentor younger students and allows younger students to learn from their older counterparts. One thing about home-schoolers is its cross-generational, Hallman say.

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Our History

The history of homeschooling in Colorado begins with the battle for homeschool freedom in the 1980s, and then God worked through the very first small homeschool conference held in 1990 to grow a movement that continues today. Now, CHEC continues to expand and reach families with our vision of home discipleship that is Christ centered, parent direct, and free from government control. Today, CHEC continues to carry out its vision through our: For over 25 years, CHEC has worked to provide information, leadership, and resources to equip families to educate their children for the glory of God. Will you stand with us?

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Our Founder

Donald S. Doby dobrosky, Sr., Founder, CEO emeritus, Director, and board advisor, holds a BA in economics from Lake Forest College and a second BA in Music from Skidmore College. Mr. Dobrosky performs with the Nutley Symphony, Montclair Symphony, Skaneateless Summer Band, and even with his own dance Band at local clubs and venues. Naval Reserve bandsman, he directs the Naval Air Technical Training Center Band in Memphis. Doby serves as percussion specialist with Lenawee Schools, as staff percussionist for Croswell Opera House, as principal with Lenawee Pops Orchestra, and as founder of Tecumseh Pops Orchestra. He also directs the pit Orchestra at Tecumseh Center for Arts, conducts Saline Players, appears with Ann Arbor Light Opera, and performs with the Dexter Community Band.

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So what exactly is NHME?

Marry for 26 years, Penny Ray has three teenagers including a set of twins where one twin is on the Autism spectrum and one twin develops typically. She is an accidental homeschooler of two children at the moment, with other in public school. A United States Southerner by birth, she spent more than 20 years away from her beloved South before returning to it recently. Her interests include things that her kids do: marching band, theater, baseball, baseball, baseball, figure skating, special needs cheerleading. She writes about Autism and special needs at Homeschooling, Autism, & Stuff and at Homeschool Mosaics.

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