You Know You’re Southern When… Boots, Band & Football Games

2014 August 27


We have season passes to the local high school’s football games. We faithfully cheer and proudly wear the school colors, plus I get to wear my new boots sent from Country Outfitter. The team is… well let’s just say they aren’t ranked very high most years.

The real reason we show up isn’t for the football team at all. (Gasp!)

You See… We are Band Parents

There is a certain pride to joining the Band Parent world. You must be initiated slowly otherwise you will run screaming from the crazy that is Marching Band in the South. If you make it all the way to ‘Parent of a Senior Band Kid’, the Freshman Band Parents will look to you for wisdom and understanding. (They have NO idea what’s coming their way.)

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Because… for 3 months your world will revolved around Marching Band. Every weekend. Nearly every afternoon. Driving them. Feeding them. Keeping them hydrated at all costs! And never dare be late to a practice. “On time is late”, — Preach it Mr. D!

The kids put in as much as 20 hours of practice per week. With more than 160 kids in the band this year, Band Parents are expected to help in a massive way. Moms help with uniform alterations and accessories. Dads help with giant props and rolling themed backgrounds. Fundraising, cookie baking, sign-up sheeting all must come together with military precision and a tight timeline.

And then there is the Travel. This is a competition year. Our goal is set on the biggest of the big national competitions. Grand Nationals in Indianapolis. Ooooohhhh say it again! Evoking the grand daddy of all high school band competitions will raise the hair on any self-respecting Band Parent. We have no less than 4 traveling competitions this year. 2 of which the kids will stay overnight for the multi-day nail-biting pain that is a huge competition with rounds of performance and judging.

So we happily attend football games and brave the heat of the south in August and September to watch a few minutes during the half-time as our Marching kids begin to put their show together.


You know you’re turning Southern When.. Justin boots


  • Your family alters their whole schedule for marching band.
  • Wearing boots to football games is completely normal.
  • You answer with a hearty “Yes Ma’am” at the Chick-Fil-A Drive-thru window when they ask if you want Chick-Fil-A sauce with that.
  • Shrimp Appetizers show up with grits as part of the dish and you LIKE it that way!
  • You purchase earphones for a NASCAR race.
  • Y’all slips out and you don’t notice anymore.

Excited to wear my new Justin boots from you know you're Southern when...I’m excited to wear my new Justin boots with a lovely hint of turquoise in the stitching to upcoming Marching Band shows – AKA Football Games, and competitions… I will pick up my Chick-Fil-A sandwich on the way and practice my loudest mom-whistle!

You always want to embarrass your band kid as much as possible with the loudest parent noise. I’m thinking about a cowbell. But for now I’ll stick to stomping on the stadium with my boots and whistling really loud.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with AcornInfluence. Country Outfitter graciously sent me a pair of the most fabulous Justin boots. Square toed to fit even my gargantuan feet with wide toes. My opinions and fake Southern Drawl are all my own.

{MY BOOTS: I chose Justin Women’s Sorrel Apache Boot and you can find them on You can also search for square toe boots to find the best fit for wide feet/toes. I was told the Justin brand run a bit large—I was scared but I did it—I bought a half size smaller than normal and with the square toe they are a perfect fit! Price is $127 with free shipping.}

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5 Responses
  1. August 27, 2014

    Cute boots! I haven’t had a pair of cowboy boots since I lived in Iowa (20 some years ago). We aren’t band parents but I plan to attend a lot of the football games this year. I have fond memories of going to all of my HS football games (it was a lifestyle, not a sport in IA) and I want my girls to experience it, as well.
    Twitter: mym0mmybrain

    • August 27, 2014

      Yeah… my middle schooler is ALL about seeing her friends at the games! 🙂

  2. August 28, 2014

    I’m not a huge boots girl mainly because I have large calves, TMI, however those boots are adorable!!! Now it’s official, you’re Southern.
    Twitter: mommybknowsbest

  3. August 29, 2014

    I’ve never owned a pair of cowboy boots (I’m way more a northern girl and sticking to those roots than my new Southern life!) BUT, when I saw yours.. it was enough to MAYBE…MAYBE… have me try some!? They’re adorable!

    • August 29, 2014

      Right?? I’ve NEVER owned even close to a pair of actual ‘cowgirls’. 🙂
      Branching out for sure!

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