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All three Pope Bands did a great job at the 2016 Georgia Music Educators Association LGPE event. All three received "Superior" ratings for stage performance and for sight reading. These are the highest ratings that are awarded. While there were a few specific suggestions for improvement in certain aspects of playing, overall the evaluators were very complimentary of our groups.
We teach the students that the process is more important than the product. Our greatest satisfaction was in seeing how far the students and the ensembles had progressed since August. Some of the newer students made great strides and some of our veterans stepped up into more prominent roles than ever before.
Having the students play well and enjoy performing was a highlight of the process. We always want them to feel good about their accomplishments.
We were very happy to see the parents who attended the performances, and we sincerely hope that more will make the effort to attend performances in the future. Our Concert Band only had a small percentage of parents actually see them perform. There was a bigger crowd for our Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony... many of whom were there because we assigned students an attendance time to hear each other... we still would like to see more parents in the audience ! Those who came with us to the clinic and sight reading session got to see and hear some pretty remarkable things... both about our program in general and about the student's achievement specifically. It's something that gives parents more insight and knowledge about what we do.
We also were committed to help run the event. Of roughly 260 volunteer spots, we only managed to get about 30 Pope parents to assist. We were short chaperones and equipment crew helpers for our groups as well. Parents... YOU are also members of our band family. We need your participation if we want to maintain our high levels of achievement (and if we want to continue participating in our various events).
Congratulations to the Pope Concert Band for receiving an overall Superior rating for stage performance and a Superior rating in sight reading. The band played extremely well and everyone commented about their strong performance!
It was also a credit to the group that we had a smooth logistical experience as far as changing into concert attire, loading and unloading buses, and getting everyone back on time.
Only one issue...and I sincerely apologize to those affected... when we returned to Pope during 6th period, the original plan was for the kids to go into 6th lunch. By the time they changed out of concert attire and made it to the cafeteria, the serving lines had closed. We did not anticipate this or we would have made other arrangements.
I did go in and raid the faculty lounge of the pizza that had been available for staff lunch and gave it to several of the kids in the hallway. If anyone didn't get to eat...we certainly did not intend for it to happen that way. We will make sure to have a backup plan for future events.
Ever wonder how you can help the band when you really don’t have time to work at a fundraiser or volunteer as a chaperone or equipment team member?
There are many, many things that go into operating and supporting the band program. We appreciate the efforts of those who can be here and give the physical support by chaperoning, helping with equipment, assisting in setup for events, and maintenance of our room. We realize that everyone is busy, and sometimes it is easier to donate than to be at an activity. We welcome any and all donations… no matter how small!
Here’s a donation wish list of items that we use on a regular basis. Perhaps you would be willing to donate one or more items to help sustain the band program.
-Batteries (we use 9 volt, AA, and AAA for tuners, metronomes, portable cameras and recorders, microphones, etc) In a typical year, we might use over 100 batteries.
-Kleenex (we use dozens of boxes per year)
-Gift card to a local music store or pre-pay for some instrument repair. We spend thousands of dollars per year fixing damaged instruments or purchasing things like brass instrument mutes, ligatures, reeds, etc.
-Props and/or costume items for the Xplosion! Show. We spend hundreds on individual items for our Spring production. Things like hats, masks, glow sticks, posters, hula hoops, etc. IF you would prefer to donate a gift card earmarked for this purpose, it would allow us to purchase whatever specific items we need for the current show, or you may contact us in March/April to find out specific needs for the current year.
- #2 pencils. Each student is expected to have one in their music folder. We have 200+ total students.
-sheet protectors. We use over 1000 per year for staff instructor notebooks
-Tape. We use 8-10 rolls of blue painters tape each year on the XPLOSION! Show tarp. We use 4-6 rolls of clear packing tape repairing music books, etc. We use 12-15 rolls of duct tape per year on various projects.
-Black socks and white gloves for marching band. We loan out dozens of items each year to students who don’t have what they need or lose items. Contact the uniform chairpeople for specifics.
-Snacks for trips and events. We often provide small snacks during our activities. Contact the head chaperone for ideas.
-Sticks, mallets, and small percussion items. There are literally hundreds of smaller items that we use and they wear out. Our budget gets spent on larger instruments, so often we don’t have any way to replace the small items.
-Music Stands (that match our current style). Approx. $40 each. They wear out and we can always use more!
If you want to make a larger contribution, we certainly welcome that as well. Our golf cart, the instrument storage cabinets in the back of the band room, and one of our sound systems were all donated by past band parents.
“Big ticket” items:
-Microphones and cables (can cost several hundred to a thousand dollars)
-ink cartridges for our laser printer (approx. $250 each). Our annual supply budget from the school is less than the cost of a set of cartridges for the machine.
-Instrument storage cabinet (to match the ones we have) Approx. $1800
-an additional golf cart or ATV (our cart is old and will eventually wear out)
-display framing of old band uniforms (we have two “retired” uniforms that we would love to frame to match the one hanging in the band room). Can cost up to $1000 for display/framing.
Many thanks in advance for your time and consideration!
Watch the trailers and get more info on the documentary film
The Pope Band can support this effort to create a movie about the benefits of band AND we could get mentioned in the credits!
Make your payments to PBPA and designate as support for "Marching Beyond Halftime". Make sure and include size of shirt you want.
Deposit payment in white lockbox in band room.
NOTE: Payments MUST be in no later than March 25th so that we can process and send to AMP by the deadline.