As school begins, please help your students remain organized and assist them with planning for the semester's assignments. If they fall behind and get pulled from band due to grades, we can not maintain our performance levels. Please do not use band as leverage for academics!!! It affects all the other students to have gaps in their performances for missing members.
It is also a great time to get signed up for private lessons and begin the preparation process for auditions for District Honor Band and All State. We would love to see at least 100 Pope students try out for honor band. In order to do well, one-on-one instruction is critical. It is the best and fastest way to attain the upper levels of musicianship.
Finally, be involved in PBPA. We need to support our fundraisers and have parent volunteers for all of the "hands-on" tasks such as uniforms, chaperoning, and equipment crew. You can make a positive difference...and you get to see the students at their best in rehearsals and performances.