• Final Band Concert – Saturday May 21st – 3:45pm call time – at RDC (see previous posts for more info)
  • School-owned instruments (french horns, trombones, baritones, tubas, bass clarinets, bassoons, oboes) that say Baker on the case or the instrument itself, need to be returned to the school by the last day of school.
  • If you own or are renting your instrument from Hurst Music, you need to take that instrument with you.
  • Students will not need their instrument during class the final week of school. We have many non-playing activities planned for that final week of school.

In more ways than one, it feels like we are in the homestretch! As we head into the final weeks of school, it is natural to reflect on the challenges and successes your child has encountered this year. Granted, there were likely more challenges than successes, but both provide for some important learning lessons. You may be asking yourself whether they should continue their music study next year. You child may have even expressed a desire to “try something new” — sometimes, as parents, we are tempted to give in.

Before making a final decision, consider this…

Over the years, I have talked to many adults who played an instrument as a child, and more often than not, they say that they wish that their parents had not allowed them to quit. Looking back, they see that they missed out on an opportunity to belong to a group, develop a talent, express themselves creatively, develop grit, and so much more!

Even in the midst of a pandemic, your child has been a part of something wonderful this year. And the good news is that it doesn’t stop here! Dedication and hard work breed passionate young people — wonderful young men and women who go on to do great things in life because they were part of something bigger than themselves. They are now one year closer to speaking this new language… one year closer to making beautiful sounds… one year closer to self-expression… one year closer to new friends and experiences. They are ONE YEAR CLOSER!

It may not be easy to see right now, but I promise you, the best is yet to come!

Sincerely,

Mr. Leedy