This type of invitation/honor is very different than our voluntary trips such as Hawaii or to the Hollywood Christmas Parade. In order to perform and represent our community as the top band from Pope, we must have all students participating. When you looked at the course guides for band, you might have noticed that membership in the advanced band stated that there were performance obligations beyond those of the other band classes. This would be one of those obligations.
As we discussed the trip in class today, there was a bit of mumbling and avoidance behavior that leads me to believe that several students are not planning to perform with us. If this is the case, we need to make some adjustments to our rosters and get the kids into the top band who are able to make the commitment and prepare for the performance. These adjustments need to be made early...we can't learn all of the advanced music at the last minute.
If there is an issue with your student attending the Washington trip, please communicate it to Mr. Gribble immediately. Important decisions must be made and we cannot change our plans after the process has begun. We would love to see our top students all performing together at this auspicious event!