Last year was my transition year ... and the biggest surprise was how I attended contests. As a fan, my butt was in the seat for every corps. As a parent, I'm heading out to the lot as soon as my kid is done performing. Of course, this wasn't true at finals :). The activity became much more like what I was used to with my kids being in marching band. In a way, it made me appreciate the activity more. As a fan, I almost thought of the corps members as "professionals" but now I see them for who they are. I now make it a point to give every corps a standing ovation since I really understand all the work that goes into it. Enjoy your first year as a DCI parent ... it was a dream come true of me (and I guess my child) and I can't wait for "our" sophomore year.