The Big Finish

Dear Band Family,

What a finish!  I can’t begin to express my gratitude to the HC Band Family, but I will attempt to wrap up the season with a few thoughts.

The band performed an amazing show to lead off semifinals that was full of tremendous energy and confidence!  The band finished in 12th place and while the end result wasn’t what we had hoped or expected, the students were able to realize all of the hours of hard work and culminate the season long “process” with the best show of the year!  It was clear judging by the emotions of the weekend that the students have grown as a family and strengthened the character of the group and that is what this activity is all about! It was a fun season and a great show that we will remember forever!

A sincere THANKS to all of the students for the hours of dedication, commitment, sacrifice, and work that goes into a show of this caliber!  The students developed a real championship kind of rehearsal etiquette and work ethic that will change the culture of our program for years to come!  Huge thanks goes out to all of the amazing parents who volunteered hours of time and energy to serve the band family including the pit crew, folks who donated and built props, hospitality crew, uniform crew, chaperones, booster presidents and vice presidents, bus drivers, truck drivers, etc.  It truly “takes a village” and this successful season would not have been possible without each and everyone of you!  Mr. Bayerle and I also are grateful and thankful for our amazing staff this year so big thanks go out to Justin, Ty, Turner, Daniel, Patrick, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Lindsey, Jared, Nicole, Jordan, Ralph, and Craig, in addition to any guests who came by and helped us out!  This is a great team full of outstanding teachers and creative minds and it will be fun to see what the future holds for our marching program!  Lastly, thanks to the families, friends, alumni, and fans who came out to support the band throughout the season or stayed home to support the program by working Bingo!  The audience was always electric and helped drive the energy in performance all year!

I posted the following on social media yesterday and have been thinking about the wonderful opportunities ahead.  As we move on through the school year, I’m also reminded about the “total program” as our 3 concert bands prepare to perform some high quality concert literature in a few short weeks, our percussion ensembles and steel bands are taking shape, and our jazz ensemble starts a tour of performances leading up to the KMEA conference (among many other activities)!  The program “process” is only just beginning!  We have an exciting year ahead and I look forward to creating many more great performances and memories!

Bill Kite
Director of Bands
Henry Clay High School