"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end." Ernest Hemingway.
THANK YOU TO THE CLASS OF 2016! What a terrific four years you have had in the marching band and color guard! Many of you have been in music since FOURTH GRADE and now comes your senior year. I would love you to continue to make music / be in color guard at the college level - no doubt. But, this for some is the end of marching band and color guard. So many achievements during the four years. We are not done yet Class of 2016! I would like to remind you to BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND. Come June 2016 - how do you want us to remember you? FINISH STRONG.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE STUDENTS. We continue to ask more from you because we want more FOR YOU!! Many of you are helping move this program forward. Again, being a DUBLIN HIGH SCHOOL BAND & COLOR GUARD MEMBER is a challenge (for many reasons :) AND LIFE IS FULL OF CHALLENGES. I am very confident that those students who CHOOSE to stay in the program all four years ... will be ready to have a good life as adults. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU STUDENTS!!
THANK YOU TO MS. CROCKER & MS. LARSEN! Two freshmen parents (ONE BAND & ONE COLOR GUARD) member! You did a fantastic job feeding over 120 people (a small school) FIVE TIMES! We are blessed to have your spirit and work ethic.
THANK YOU TO MS. BRASSEA and those who helped Ms. Brassea! Being the uniform mom can be a THANKLESS job. It can be frustrating to see how the students handle their uniforms, but in the end, there is Ms. Brassea making sure that every uniform is cared for. Just so you know... each uniform is over $450! Ms. Brassea AND COMPANY have an incredibly important job. We need those uniforms to last AT LEAST TEN YEARS! Great job.
THANK YOU TO MS. LUTZ! Your leadership as the boosters president is SHINING through! There needs to be someone at the top that is able to lead and you are doing the job.
THANK YOU TO INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF - SPECIFICALLY MR. VAN LOBEN SELS. We are blessed to have Mr. Van Loben Sels and all his contacts. He is helping build an amazing group of folks to work with your sons and daughters. The program took huge steps this year and he is one of THE reasons for those step. I am very impressed with these people. I hope to CONTINUE to see the staff grow in quantity and quality. Special thanks to DHS CLASS OF 2012 ALUMS - RYLE WONG & JON HUR. They both have been with me since their Freshman year (2008-09). So, if y'all want to know how to get along with Mr. Everts? Those two have been able to be with me for EIGHT YEARS!! Thanks Mr. Wong & Mr. Hur!!
THANK YOU TO ALL THE PARENT VOLUNTEERS and ALL VOLUNTEERS! Talk about the largest growth!! One of the positives of doing field shows is the amount of parents / volunteers needed to make the field show happen. We must have had anywhere from 30-40 parents ACTIVELY INVOLVED in this year's production. Never had props before and that was very important to the students this year. Marching band and color guard are two of the few groups where parents are actually a part of the SCORE!! There are no parents playing a game!! But, in marching band and color guard?? YOU ARE IN THE "GAME!" I hope to CONTINUE to see this group grow in quantity and quality.
Most of the above are "professional-thank-yous..." A "personal-thank-you"... as with all families... we lose important people in our lives. As I have announced to the classes and shared with many parents (in preparation and understanding my possible absences to help the family), the Everts family is on that path to losing an important family member to Cancer. There is a sad irony that we sponsor a benefit concert for ALS & CANCER. I cannot and will not be able to give enough THANKS to those folks who are rallying around me during this "life-moment." Those who have had close family members deal with Cancer, God bless you. At the start of this "journey," I better understand your "journey." So, thank you...
FINAL THANK YOU TO Mrs. Everts & Katy! We know what it is like to be the spouse and daughter of a high profile position on a high school campus! People can offer their empathy (and in several cases "sympathy") which we need and appreciate, but only the three of us know and have felt the thorns amongst those roses. You both remind me there are ROSES AMONGST THE THORNS. Thank you very much for your non-conditional love & support. You are very special
Well, that's it...onto the next chapters: WINTER GUARD; WINTER PERCUSSION; FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE -- A CONCERT OR TWO; FOLSOM / AVHS JAZZ FESTIVALS and IRELAND!! What a program all of us continue to help build so others will enjoy.
Band/Guard photos are next Wednesday... students are to be in uniform / ready to go at 7pm... should not be that long. However, IT CAN BE LONG BECAUSE, THANKFULLY, THERE ARE MANY STUDENTS WHO WANT PICTURES!!
Paul D. Everts
Dublin High School Instrumental Music Director