Letter from the Director

Dear Students, Parents and other SHS Band supporters,

I am writing in hopes to bring clarity to questions which may have risen since the news of the restructuring of the middle school programs and how it will affect the Sherwood High School Instrumental Program. There are many variables in which will not be known until next week, but I can share these facts with you at this time.

SHS Band will offer all existing courses and programs for the 2012-13 school year.

Marching Band
The marching band will operate at 100% and will participate in the NWAPA Northwest circuit. The program may have a change in staff members, but will continue to strive to be the best band possible. We are not able to offer a $100 discount for dual season enrollment, but the boosters will have scholarships available for those in need.  Financial need should not be a deterrent for a student to participate. Please contact the boosters if you are in need of assistance. It is more important than ever for all parents to play an active role to support our programs. We are excited for the potential success the band can achieve due to the returning leadership and talented incoming members. The 2012-13 season will be our best yet! All commitment forms are expected to be returned today but will be accepted throughout the rest of next week.

Jazz Band

Impact: The only potential impact to these groups will be a potential decrease in members for coming years. The middle school restructuring will create a logistical challenge for 1 teacher to direct 2 middle school jazz bands.

Plan: SHS will continue to offer jazz I and II. The boosters are already brainstorming ways in which we can continue to offer a full offering of jazz at the middle level

Wind Ensemble/Concert Bands

The 2012-13 season is anticipated to be our most successful year ever! The number of incoming talent far exceeds the talented students graduating. Enrollment for these classes marks a 20% increase for this coming year. Our goal is to once again is to strive for league championship and work towards State Championship. The bands will participate in a spring trip.

Winter Percussion

If the numbers are high (20-25) we will be able to support this program.  We will continue to work towards being the best in the circuit.

Middle School Percussion Ensemble (NEW)

Impact: At this time, neither middle schools provide individualized percussion instruction. Since the deletion of the percussion class at SMS, the high school numbers have been declining.

Plan: efforts will be directed to providing an after school middle school percussion ensemble to ensure the skill sets of incoming students will be at a level in which they can participate in our marching and winter groups. This middle school group will be fee/booster supported.

Although, the situation in which we face is a difficult and sobering reality which will impact students and learning, I fully commit to continue providing an exemplary instrumental program at the High School level.  Thank you all for your support and continued dedication to our program.

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