Recently, I was speaking to a parent about their child's experience in Marching Band last year. Reportedly, this child had that excited anticipation that my kids get when they're waiting for Santa Claus. She said, "It's like Christmas Eve!"
I share their excitement--and honestly, how could you not share that excitement? Ten new members in guard and percussion. Several new wind members coming Monday. It truly is an exciting time to be associated with the Trinity Band.
Bigger than that, it's a truly exciting time to be in the Trinity Music Department. We just had a STANDING-ROOM ONLY crowd at a Grade 6–12 Chorus Concert, and we're planning similar events with Band and Orchestra next year to sell the product and increase our ensemble sizes at THS. All of the pieces are there to make this program great.
When making social media posts about this year's band, I'm asking that you use #thsgoingbeyond so that we can track the excitement.
Monday's Rookie Camp is coming fast. At this point, it's less than 3 days away, and it feels a bit like Christmas Eve to me. Our staff is ready. Our leadership is ready. Bring on the year!
With Pride in Arts,
You read it folks. We are close...so close.
As most of you know, one of our major goals was to upgrade some of our equipment, most notably, our trailers, which are nearing the 30 year mark.
Recently, we received great quotes from a dealer in Eighty Four, and I approached the district administration about assisting us with the purchase of one of the two trailers. In short, the district will be adding the cost of one of our trailers to the 2016–17 preliminary budget!
This is great news in itself, but that only gets us halfway. The TBPA is responsible for the purchase of the larger trailer. So far, we have over $6,000 dedicated to this cause, but we need about $2,200 more to make this a reality. Our goal is to have both trailers ready to go for Fall 2016.
But, we can't do this alone. We need you.
HOW CAN I HELP?
We are also working on an online method to direct your donations to us. Any amount helps.
We are so. close. Thanks in advance for what you can do to help.
With Pride in Arts,
This month, the entire Band staff in Trinity Area has been working on recruitment and retention, with a particular focus on increasing our numbers between grades 8 and 9.
Here are some things that we're doing so far...
The future for Music Education is bright here at Trinity. We're working to restore the program to a focal point for the district, and it takes a village to get it done.
With pride in arts,
Dear Trinity Band Members and Fans,
First, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who made our 2015 season a success! I received a number of comments from across the area about our improvement in performance on the street, in the stands, and on the field. While there was great improvement, there is more work to be done.
Because it's New Years, we often hear people talk of resolutions. These range anywhere from getting in shape to starting a new hobby, and anything inbetween. It gets me thinking about resolutions that we need to make as a staff and program to get us to where we should be.
Our 2016–17 season will be vastly different. There will be no director change. There will be minimal staff changes, as your staff wants to help continue the work started last year. There likely will be many new, young faces in the program. This is the year that we start to turn the direction of the program in order to get it to return to its former form. It won't always be easy, but in the long term, it will be worth it.
Our continued progress will require many things...the most important of these is YOU!
On behalf of our students, THANK YOU for all you did in 2015 and THANK YOU in advance for all you will do for our students and program in 2016 and beyond!
Happy New Year!
Director of Marching Ensembles