How much you get out of an activity is directly correlated to how much you put in. The more engaged you are, the more opportunities you embrace, the more you experience, the more fun you have. Be one of those who is active and involved! Those who do the bare minimum rarely have as much fun.
We have had amazing performances at our two state music organization evaluations. The Symphonic Bands all did superior performances at their LGPE, and the Jazz Bands also had outstanding, superior performances at Jazz LGPE. Our winter guard had a great competition season, and our percussion ensemble(s) performed at the Lassiter Festival as well as a home concert here at Pope.
We are approaching the band banquet. This is a time when we gather to celebrate the great year we have had as a band family. Please keep this perspective in mind as you plan to attend. Recently, a fellow band director posted on social media that one of his band families told him that if their student wasn't getting an award, then they were not attending the banquet. The responses, as you might expect, were many and all in agreement. "What we do we do as a group." "We teach ensemble". "To be so selfish and/or self-centered that you would ignore the accomplishments of the entire organization because of a certificate or trophy is petty and immature." Let's all reflect on that and make our band banquet a celebration of "us" rather than an evening of "who gets what". We will recognize many great accomplishments from our year and have some great reflections on where we started and where we are today. Come be a part of our special evening!
As we wind up 2016-17, we also look ahead. Contact an eighth grade family and welcome them to the Pope Band program. Reach out to one who isn't sure about participation and encourage them to give it a try. In order to offer the many amazing opportunities that we enjoy, we need new students! Help us chart a path forward that will see our program growing and thriving as we create fantastic memories for our members.