Today, I got an e-mail from a festival committee letting me know which day my band is playing the festival. It's a week long thing that happens annually in my home town and features over 150 bands at several different venues all over town. It's only for local acts and since it only happens once a year, I've been looking forward to it for a while. On the schedule they sent me, I saw that we were opening up for a local legend that hasn't played a show in over a year and a half. My natural reaction was, "Holy S***! I can't believe we got such a good slot!" I immediately shot the other two guys in my band a text sharing the good news. I got a text back from the guitarist in my band letting me know that he was stoked and all that jazz. Okay, so far,so good, right? After that, I got a text from the drummer in my band telling me that he's going to be out of town, playing a baseball game that weekend. I immediately shot him a text back saying that he's "got to be s****ing me!" The week that this festival takes place has been set in stone since at least the beginning of the year, and we signed up for it in February. He springs it on my TODAY that he's going to be out of town basically the entire weekend of the festival. All the good spots in the fest take place the last 3 days (as we found out last year when we played during one of the first 4 days and got a crappy slot). Now, my family's been planning a trip to Boston to visit my sister on May 1st, since a few days after we registered for the festival in February. The last 2 days of the festival are May 1st and May 2nd. We are scheduled to play the 2nd. I told them I wouldn't be able to join them since I would be playing the fest. All of my family has their tickets already for the trip and I don't. Had I known what I know now, I would have been able to get a ticket on the same plane as the rest of my family, and at A MUCH CHEAPER COST. So, I asked my drummer (who's still in high school, as am I) if he could miss just this one baseball game so I wouldn't have to go through all the trouble and spend a butt load of money on a last minute plane ticket. What does he say back? "My mom said that there's no way I can miss this game." ARE YOU KIDDING ME? We've been registered for this festival before he even started baseball this year. Tell me if I'm wrong but, I think this has priority over this one high school baseball game. Since we're still a relatively new band in town, we still have yet to make a name for ourselves, and this fest would help us a lot. In his defense, he has been playing baseball much longer than he's been playing drums, and this is his last year of high school. But it's ONE game he'd be missing. Not that much to ask of him. I turned down vacation to play this show. Baseball means a lot to him but, music means a lot to me and he needs to realize how his actions effect those around him. More importantly, his mom needs to stop being so controlling. What do you say?