As I said at the concert, we are fortunate to be able to provide so many strong musical activities for our students. It simply is not like this in many school districts. Even though we have support from our school administration and the district at present, future budget cuts could make it more difficult to continue the programs that we enjoy. Be proactive....contact school system officials and let them know how much you value the music programs in our schools. On a local level, support your own program!!!
In order to reach the highest levels of music education, we rely on additional instructors and extracurricular ensembles to supplement the basic curriculum. This takes money. This year, many of our fundraising projections for PBPA have fallen well short of targets. We have not even followed through with a few of our planned activities....others have only hit 40-50% of their projections. A couple have come close to making their goal, but falling short of our income goals means that we are faced with cutting budget items, ceasing certain activities, and doing without things that could make the task of providing high level music performance opportunites better for your students.
We need YOU. We need volunteers to head up projects/committees. We need participation in our fundraising efforts. If we do not hit our goals, the two options are to raise fees (which historically means fewer members), or cut instruction (percussion, color guard, marching staff, jazz band director). If you want to continue seeing great performances like you saw this Fall and on Tuesday, you must get involved! If your student brought home a report card filled with 40s and 50s, you would take action. PBPA is bringing home a report card full of 40s and 50s on their fundraising efforts....it's time to step up and make passing grades on those fundraising projects! Don't assume that someone else wil ltake care of it....that someone is YOU.
Looking ahead, we have the Fine Arts Showcase tonight at KSU...another fantastic and unique performance event for the Pope musicians...we want to preserve it and support it for the future. Hope to see many of you in attendance for one of the two shows, it is always a great way to transition into the holiday season! When we return for next semester, it is full speed ahead into our annual Large Group Performance Evaluations (festival), Jazz Evaluation, Spring Concert, X-Plosion!, Winter Guard contests, and Percussion Ensembles. We have a host of guest instructors, guest conductors, and even one of the composers of a piece we are playing coming in to work with the students. Lots ahead...check those calendars and we will see you at the performances!