This weekend our organization held the 16th annual Marching Warrior Invitational. Since our first year, when we had to pull the first band off of the field in the middle of a raging lightning storm and have the rest of the competition in the Junior High Gym, each year seems to exceed the next. This year was no different.
As always, there aren’t nearly enough words to express the proper amount of gratitude I have for the hard work the parents do. From the first meetings months ago, to the crew who showed up early on Sunday morning to make sure our school was properly cleaned-the amount of selflessness that has come to define you was on display. When talking to directors, parents, judges, and students from all the groups that attended one thing was undeniable: We have a first class organization.
It also wouldn’t be possible to host this event without dedicated students from all of our ensembles. Not only our hard working marching band students (who also had a three hour practice that morning), but also nearly 20 non-marching students who volunteered their time knowing that this event benefits them as well. All of our students were well mannered, hard working, and willing to excel in whatever role we put them in. They are the engine in the vehicle that makes this all go.
I would be remiss if I also didn't mention the tremendous staff that I have the distinct pleasure of working with every day. You may not be full time employees but you work harder than anyone I know. Your dedication, expertise, and forward thinking makes me up my game. It's because of you that I am constantly striving to improve myself as an educator and a person.
While we may not have the resources, finances, or full time personnel that other schools possess, I can’t imagine anyone has more of what we have here at Lebanon from our kids and parents. You are some of the kindest, most hard working people I have ever met, and it is an honor to work with you.
Thanks again for all you have done and for your tireless dedication towards Music Education in Lebanon City Schools!