Mom Sends in Marching Band to Get Daughter up for School


It’s back to school time for many kids across the country, but after a summer of sleeping in, it’s a struggle to wake them up in the morning. And some are nearly impossible to get out of bed. If you’re one of the thousands–or millions–of parents who know what we’re talking about, perhaps you’ve tried the ice water trick, a megaphone, or even a trumpet, but we’re willing to bet you haven’t tried this.

Shelly Kent of Cumming, Georgia told that her 10-year-old daughter, Sophie, is famous for continuously hitting the snooze button in the morning. So to get her out of bed last Monday, she enlisted the help of a live marching band.

The jazz band marched into Sophie’s bedroom at around 6:30 a.m., shocking her out of a sound sleep.

Shelly told the site that her daughter had “no idea.” The band arrived around 5:45 a.m. and everything was planned downstairs. A fan was running loudly upstairs to mute the noise, and they snuck in “very quietly,” she noted.

Can you imagine waking up to a big, loud group of strangers? Well, you don’t have to imagine; you can watch the whole thing here:

The event took place thanks to a radio program known as The Bert Show. The associate producer, Davi Crimmins, apparently put a call out seeking parents who have difficulty waking up their kids to get ready for school.  They came up with a few ideas while brainstorming and the band seemed to be the ideal fit for Sophie, who just started sixth grade and had signed up for marching band, Crimmins said.

Shelly said Sophie actually wasn’t angry, like you might think, but was even “thrilled.” She had a pretty good sense of humor about it, telling the radio host as she laughed, “I guess I’ll have to buy some earplugs.”

It’s also helped her to get out of bed earlier too.