Dear Atlee Band Families,
Participation in band develops students in ways other classes do not. Band students tend to organize their time more effectively while maintaining a high academic standard. Leadership skills are explored, cultivated and culmininated in the band program. Band also develops character and life skills that students can take with them to college and beyond.
Students benefit in any transitional period (middle school to high school-high school to college) when they are a part of a group activity. Marching arts and speficically marching band offers students the opportunity to perform music in a mixed ensemble. Sports while an important part of education and the overall high school experience cannot allow all members of the team to play at one time. Students who participate in marching band play all the time and each member is an integral part of the big picture.
We receive testimonials from many parents each year and here is an email from a band parent from this fall:
I just want to write a quick note of thanks. Marching band has allowed my child to find a niche in their high school experience. At first, he thought he wouldn't be able to perform because everyone is on a different level musically but once band camp started he realized that he could reach his goals. The positive support from the band staff, student leadership, and his friends was incredible. Not only did he learn how to march and play his instrument but he made many new friends and learned new skills he did not previously possess. Thank you for encouraging my child through marching band. You will have him all four years!
From a parent standpoint, you won't find a better family for your child while they are away from their real family!
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
R. Paul Rozecki, Jr.
Director of Bands