• 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.

May is a time when many families begin to look toward the upcoming school year and the rewards and challenges it will bring. As you consider your child’s future, I want to share a few thoughts about continuing in music.

Music provides a safe place
Change can be challenging, and the transition to the next grade can be daunting for any student. Continued participation in music can give your child a foothold in a safe, secure place from which to explore this new experience. Music can be the anchor that holds them steady among the waves of change coming their way.

Music provides new experiences
But why just do the same thing? Shouldn’t they explore new things? Make no mistake: continuing to study music will be an evolution, opening new vistas in their growth as a young musician. Your child will have opportunities to apply their musical knowledge and skills in new ways, and to deepen their understanding in a broad range of opportunities to match their interests.

Music provides good role models
We all know the impact peer pressure can have on a student. It can lead your child to make decisions that they might not otherwise make. Everything we know about participation in music says that students involved in music are more successful in every possible way, academically, personally, and socially. By participating in music, you are providing your child with the type of role models that will reinforce good decision making.

Participate their way
The great thing about being a musician in is the high degree of choice in how your child participates. Music can be “the” thing, or “a” thing. As they grow and change, so can their choice. I will always work with your child to find the right balance all while reaping the benefits of studying music.

Navigating this year has been tricky at best, and at times we all found it overwhelming. But, we are getting close to our new normal and I want to ensure that music is a part of that for your child.

Please know I am invested in your child’s welfare, and welcome the opportunity to provide assistance for you and your child in the transition. Please feel free to reach out at any point in the process.

Though you cannot see it clearly, the background of the graphic for this newsletter post is of the UK Symphony Band, its director George Boulden, faculty from the School of Music, and family. Mr. Boulden has been the associate band director at UK for over 30 years and has had huge impact on their program, myself included. Mr. Boulden has been diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer, is undergoing treatments, and has decided to retire from his position. I had the pleasure of attending his final concert at UK and it was very emotional. Thank you for all you did for me and UK Mr. Boulden!

Sincerely,

Mr. Leedy

P.S. Words cannot express how proud, thankful, and excited I am for these past two years I’ve had with you. This is a special group of students and parents, those of which cannot be replaced. You will LOVE your time with Mr. Schmieg and the RDC Band. Thank you for working hard and helping me become a better person and teacher.