Dear parents, students, and esteemed community members,
Reflecting on the challenges and triumphs of the post Covid school years, I find myself compelled to express my deepest gratitude to each and every one of you who has contributed to the success and growth of the De Soto Bands. In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, let us pause to acknowledge the abundant reasons we have to be thankful, both in our personal lives and within the vibrant tapestry of the De Soto Bands.
Gratitude for Our Board of Education
A heartfelt thanks is extended to our dedicated De Soto Board of Education. Their unwavering support has been instrumental in the continued evolution of our band programs. Through open dialogues, we have collectively shaped the role of music as an integral part of our comprehensive curriculum. I express my sincere appreciation to each Board member for their ongoing dialogue and steadfast support of the De Soto Bands.
Community's Resilient Support for the Arts
Looking at our community, we are fortunate to have leaders who staunchly champion music education. Their recognition of the profound impact of music on holistic development is evident in the generous support from local businesses, scholarships, equipment donations, and the recent approval of the bond issue for our splendid performing arts center. Your advocacy strengthens our belief in the transformative power of music education.
Empowering Opportunities through Fundraising
Thanks to the consistent and generous support from our community, businesses, and organizations, we have been able to enhance the educational experience for our students. We have been able to continue to provide all De Soto Bands with access to Soundtrap, a cutting-edge digital audio workstation. This innovative tool empowers our students with instruction in audio production, live looping, and mastering. The sponsorship from community members, organizations, and businesses underscores our collective commitment to providing exceptional opportunities for our students. To all who contribute through services, aid, and financial support, our heartfelt gratitude.
Music as a Core Subject Nationally
On a national scale, we celebrate the inclusion of the arts in federal law as part of the core curriculum under the Every Student Succeeds Act. This recognition reaffirms students' right to a well-rounded education, where MUSIC stands as a fundamental core class. It is a testament to the enduring importance of music education in shaping well-rounded individuals.
Appreciation for Our Business Sponsors
Our deep thanks extend to the numerous businesses, community members, and donors who generously invest their time, resources, and services in support of the De Soto Bands. Through your contributions, we can offer our band members enriching opportunities such as Soundtrap, the Composition Contest, and the two music festivals hosted at De Soto. Your support enhances our music programs and enables us to provide unforgettable experiences for our students.
Heartfelt Acknowledgment to De Soto Band Parents and Families
Personally, I want to express a profound THANK YOU to all the parents and families who have been pillars of support throughout this year. From band camp to the Glow Show, your keen interest, unwavering support, and active participation are indispensable to our past successes, our current achievements, and our promising future. Each year, your willingness to contribute, whether through physical labor or behind-the-scenes efforts, reflects a level of dedication that is truly unparalleled.
Collective Thanks to Our De Soto Band Members
Collectively, we extend our heartfelt thanks to the incredible young men and women who dedicate countless hours to learning, rehearsing, and performing music. It is a privilege and an honor to work with the finest students here at De Soto. In our band classes, we witness a beautiful blend of students from diverse backgrounds and experiences, coming together to create music. Our goal is to foster a space where every student finds their seat, enjoys the music, and carries the appreciation of the arts into their future endeavors.
As we approach the midpoint of the academic year, I extend a sincere vote of thanks to everyone who has played a role in ensuring the prosperity and thriving of our music program. Your investment of time, effort, and energy is the driving force behind our success.
With most sincere gratitude,
Director of Bands
De Soto #73 Schools