Farwell Bands Blog Notes
I am so stoked for Fridays performance at Band Camp! It's been such a pleasure and honor to work with this group of students this year! This group of students have once again risen to my driving and ambition of learning four in four! The ENTIRE show is roughed in and learned! This makes me happy, happy, happy! They are looking at me as I ask them to do things and simply responding with a "Sure, Mr. Shimmons - we will do that!"
The Seniors have risen to the challenge of being new leaders, taking over from last years seniors. The Seniors and Juniors have set a great example for what they would like the band to sound and look like for this marching season - It is so much fun to work with students that respond and learn and have a blast doing it!
The Sophomores have improved so much since last year and the Freshmen have fallen right into step behind them! These new students are an outstanding addition to our Marching Band! I look out into the band and love seeing their eagerness to emulate the upper classmen!
All these students have simply been a blast to have at camp for an entire week! You parents are so incredibly lucky to have such outstanding kids!
When you watch this performance Friday afternoon you will see that enthusiasm!
The staff for this years camp has been a wonderful group of adults that really love and care for our kids! Lisa Gross is never going to be allowed to "graduate"! Her ability to nurse our marchers and musicians and to train them about how to take care of themselves is invaluable! Dakota Weldon is so much fun and so helpful with mentoring the students as well as taking care of our equipment! The woodwinds were begging me to have Trisha Wentworth come back again next year! Shari Buccilli and Amber Breeden have totally taken care of the Color Guard to such a level where I hardly changed a single thing this year! Our parents helpers - Andrew Apps, April Frost, Patricia Mangus, and Beth Twynham have just excellent and have all the students convinced that they all now have a new mom and dad! The parents have helped with so many things to help make sure camp runs smoothly - things like being around at free time, helping with uniform fittings, running equipment back and forth, getting pies ready, and other such feats as inspiring the students to run at 9PM! John Manley has of course helped out the percussion section and even ended up doing double duty this week as he ended up having to teach TWO band camps in the same week. He taught two camps all while preparing special entertainment for the band students/chaperones!
It is groups of students and like these that reaffirm that I have one of the best jobs in the world!
Go check the band YouTube page to see the little video we've prepared for you!