Yes, it has been a while since I have posted to this page, but I have been a bit busy. And so have 132 really amazing high school and 8th grade students. These students are all members or helpers for the Avon Lake Marching Shoremen who can call themselves state finalists as of October 18th. That was the day they performed at a contest at the University of Akron and brought home a superior rating.
What does this mean? It means they had to work very hard, as a team, everyone important and integral to the performance, then with focused determination, a lot of heart, and one amazing performance, they did what some would think is impossible. Over one hundred teenagers all pulling together in the same direction believing that they could accomplish a superior performance. And they did!
I couldn't be prouder of our seniors, leaders, veteran members, freshmen, and 8th grade helpers. They are an extraordinary group of students who see challenges as little bumps in their road to success. Their positive attitudes and faith in themselves is inspiring. They worked hard, and hopefully, learned many life lessons along the way.
While I stood near the band in Akron waiting for the results of the contest, I hoped that our band members would be rewarded for the days spent in the sun, rain, at games, shows, and rehearsals, and in the band room and practice rooms. When the announcer said that Avon Lake had qualified for state finals, I was bursting with pride and joy for this deserving group of students. They earned their moment of glory.
Band programs like ours contain many unsung heroes. The older and wiser students who lead by example and show the way; talented and dedicated teachers and instructors; moms and dads who freely give of their time and effort to help their kids achieve their goals; and all of the others, past and present, who are a part of this great band program, who we honor by continuing to be the best we can be.