The new band director, Mr. Sodders, is a wonderful teacher and is very excited about becoming a part of the Pope Band Program. It is a daunting task to take over a program that has had only one primary teacher for so long...and has done things in a similar manner for decades. Give him your support and guidance and help him create the next pathway for the Pope Bands. A new leader can infuse new energy and new ideas. Be willing to listen and understand his vision. Try to think forward...not back. Look for ways to grow and improve. Set new goals and standards. Be willing to change when necessary. Take the Pope band into its new era and maintain the high standards that have always been a part of the organization.
Looking back on 31 years of Pope Band accomplishments, it is absolutely overwhelming to consider everything that has occurred. So many great students, so many great performances, dedicated parents, awards and honors, unexpected surprises, adding new aspects like Friday Night Band and XPLOSION!, developing groups like Winter Guard and Percussion Ensembles, expanding the jazz bands, and the list goes on and on. The opportunities and experiences have exceeded every expectation and we have been to some amazing places and seen some remarkable things. The memories will last forever...thank you to everyone who helped make them possible.