Pope has great representation in the District 12 Honor Bands for this year. 50 Pope students earned a spot...with 10 alternates (some of whom will likely participate). We also had 35 students recommended to go to the final round of the All State auditions in January! Great job by all!!!!!
The Fine Arts Showcase this past Friday, the Hightower Trail 8th Grade Band Concert on Monday, and the combined Pope/Hightower Trail Concert on Tuesday all demonstrated what outstanding performing groups we enjoy here in our community.
Many people have come up afterwards and expressed their amazement at the level of musicianship and the quality of the performances. We graciously smile and thank them and go back to our daily routines of teaching music to the students in our classes every day.
Occasionally, we hear comments about how “we must be very pleased that we have such TALENTED young people to work with…you know the students are just so TALENTED to be able to perform this way.”
We do have a great group of students. They work hard. They follow instructions. They do their best. We do need to realize, however, that it isn’t all about being talented…rather, it’s about learning how to work together as a group, learning how to set goals and work toward them, accepting guidance and being teachable, and following through on your commitments.
We do have some talented young musicians. They will rank among the best in our district; a few might rank among the best in the state at All State and Honors tryouts. Once in a while, we get a student who would stack up as one of the best in the nation on their respective instrument. Most of our students, however, are not ready to take on a professional performing career. They struggle day to day to learn the techniques and musicianship standards necessary to perform. They spend hours in class working to understand the nuances of ensemble performance and musical style. They depend on the guidance of their teachers, both classroom and private to get them through the musical challenges.
When you view a performance, you are seeing the culmination of hundreds of hours of preparation and coaching. You are hearing the result of not just the performers, but the conductors who have (hopefully) honed the groups into a unified and quality ensemble. What takes minutes to perform might have taken months to prepare.
Take nothing away from the students…they work hard, they attend class, they practice until they get it right, and they perform on stage at a very high level. They are wonderfully receptive to learning and are willing to accept suggestions of how to improve. Fortunately, we have teachers on every level that give appropriate guidance and bring these students together into performing groups that are of high quality.
SO you see, TALENT is one component, but it takes much, much more to create the types of performances that you see on stage.
Received this neat panoramic photo today from the owner of the Jurassic Park jeeps in the parade...he talked to some of our kids and said they were very polite and enthusiastic!
Many, many thanks to the parent volunteers who made the Hollywood trip reality. From the organizers and planners to the chaperones and equipment team, the uniform moms to those who helped publicize the event, it was a great experience!!!
Jody Neja deserves a special round of applause for her tireless work before, during, and after the trip. Her crew of chaperones, including the Farabaughs, Liz Brewer, and Jane Borozan were fantastic!
Many thanks to Gateway and Matt Prologer for setting up the event and for being there to help with all logistics along the way!
Thanks to the students for being a wonderful traveling group...we got compliments all along the way from bus drivers, restaurant employees, and event staff about how polite and well mannered our kids were. They were also amazed at how we were always on time!
The trip created many great memories and hopefully, even more of our families will take advantage of future travel plans. It really is a lot of fun!