We had two amazing video presentations showcasing our year in review and the senior class. Thanks to Ms. Parker and Ms. DiGiovanni for their hard work preparing the videos. Congratulations to Gus Todd who received the "Leader of the Band" award, Josh Durr who received the "Louis Armstrong Jazz" award, and Mandy Wachtel, who received the "John Philip Sousa" award. All three are nationally recognized awards for excellence.
In looking back at our year, we have had a LOT of activity and success. We started out with a new look...brand new uniforms. We had a great marching season, strong performances at our LGPE evaluations, a fantastic jazz band festival performance, another circuit championship and a top ten world championship performance from winter guard, the resurgence of our percussion ensembles, great Fall and Winter concerts and Bailey Showcase, and numerous individual student honors for district band, all state, and community groups. We had our first ever student sin the Army All American Band and the Bands of America National Honors band. X-PLOSION! was a rousing success, and we were very visible in the community with performances in the East Cobber Parade, Sunrise Assisted Living, Shop With a Greyhound, All State Insurance Conference, Merchant's Walk Holiday celebration, and a wedding proposal!
Spread the word...the Pope Band Program is gearing up for an even better 2013-2014 and we need YOU. Students...get involved in as many of our activities as possible...the more connected and active you are, the more fun you have. Parents...we need your support with many different areas of supervision, physical support, and financial activity/fundraising. If we want the great activities and accomplaishments to continue, we must have involvement from the families in the program!