We teach the students that the process is more important than the product. Our greatest satisfaction was in seeing how far the students and the ensembles had progressed since August. Some of the newer students made great strides and some of our veterans stepped up into more prominent roles than ever before.
Having the students play well and enjoy performing was a highlight of the process. We always want them to feel good about their accomplishments.
We were very happy to see the parents who attended the performances, and we sincerely hope that more will make the effort to attend performances in the future. Our Concert Band only had a small percentage of parents actually see them perform. There was a bigger crowd for our Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony... many of whom were there because we assigned students an attendance time to hear each other... we still would like to see more parents in the audience ! Those who came with us to the clinic and sight reading session got to see and hear some pretty remarkable things... both about our program in general and about the student's achievement specifically. It's something that gives parents more insight and knowledge about what we do.
We also were committed to help run the event. Of roughly 260 volunteer spots, we only managed to get about 30 Pope parents to assist. We were short chaperones and equipment crew helpers for our groups as well. Parents... YOU are also members of our band family. We need your participation if we want to maintain our high levels of achievement (and if we want to continue participating in our various events).