To The Daily Sun,
At a time when there are negative issues and the weather is dreary, it is good to know that the Laconia School District can be proud of their students who have passed through their school doors singing and playing their instruments.
This past week, your Marching Sachems, Jazz Band, Concert Choir and Symphonic Band received excellent and superior ratings at Festival Disney in Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Students were praised for their performances and behavior.
Our Symphonic Band received the Best in Class for concert band. You should have seen Head Drum Major (LHS Valedictorian) Taylor Gagne's face when he was presented the award. I cannot measure how elated those students were and proud of themselves and others in all of the groups. All the way back to the bus after the awards night and dance, our students were chanting, "Hey band, how do you feel," singing our school fight song, chanting "Sachem Nation," and doing the "get down." No other school was that pumped.
Marching down Main Street as lead in the Disney Main Street Electric Light Parade was amazing beyond words. Students were speechless. They were all given honorary Disney staff status and a set of festival Disney Mickey Mouse ears. The Marching Sachems also marched through Epcot for their competition parade.
One women from Ohio, a trainer for Festival Disney, sought me out to say how proud and impressed she was that a small school from as far away as New Hampshire promotes excellence in their school music programs and make opportunities like this available for their students. She couldn't stop talking, she was so impressed with the program our school district offers.
I want to continue seeing these opportunities for students of Laconia and making sure our band programs are set in place. Our administration has asked me to "think outside the box" to seek ways to make things possible, of which I will continue to do for our students and school district.
Thank you to all who support your kids, this program, as the many other programs, they make a difference in our students' lives. Laconia offers all students a whole education. As I say at each concert, "Thank you for supporting the three A's, Academics, Athletics and the Arts!"
As a bonus, I got a hug from Mickey Mouse.
Music and Art Department Head
Laconia High School
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