one of my happiest moments when i went to middle school summer camp with my church last week was when our middle school worship band took the outside stage, impromptu, for about a half hour one afternoon. it was during free time, and the camp’s “student band” had been leading a small handful of campers in a little afternoon worship. but most of the kids in our band happened to be there, so they led a few songs after everyone was clearing out.
here’s what i love about these moments, which are far from musically stellar:
1. clearly, these are real middle schoolers, through and through (all 7th graders, with an 8th grader on bass). no ringers here. and not an adult anywhere in sight.
2. they were being middle schoolers, and that meant wearing the goofy western wear for spirit points, or being awkward, or whatever.
3. if you watch the videos, you’ll see the occasional zip-liner fly past in the background!
4. that’s my 13 year-old son, max, on drums.
man, i love middle schoolers. every time i watch these videos (and i have several times now), i’m reminded of that.