An open letter to Ms. K., Marching Band & Color Guard Staff, Students and Parents:
On behalf of the Band and Color Guard parents, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Ms. K., Paul, Chris, Vince, and the whole marching band and color guard staff for a wonderful field show and once again, another fantastic marching season! We recognize that it requires an incredible amount of time, energy and effort on the part of you and your staff to pull this off. We wish that there was more we could do to recognize your efforts. Please know that they have not gone unnoticed nor taken for granted. I know for a fact that many students have been inspired by your dedication and are seriously considering music-related endeavors as future career choices.
I also wanted to thank all of the students who have also put forth an outstanding effort. As I watch the field show once again on video, it is hard to believe that this performance was done by students, many of whom had not ever marched nor spun a rifle prior to August! This truly is an amazing feat and something you should carry forth with pride. I would also like to especially recognize the Color Guard. You made the performance visually appealing and exciting to watch.
Finally, a special shout-out to all the parents who have worked hard volunteering throughout the season to make this program a success. Although there are too many names to mention here, I did want to especially thank Kathy Brunelli and the Emerald Brigade Sewing Team for producing beautiful Guard flags. I understand that effort included some very long hours and went right down to the wire. I also wanted to thank Kerry Fitzpatrick, Chris Angelo, Pam and Dave Reynolds and the rest of the food committee for producing great meals on the road. You sure know how to have fun! I would also like to thank Michael Downs for keeping us jazzed up with coffee, and Keith Burson for his tireless efforts as trailer boss / volunteer coordinator and his unique skill sets including fire safety and electrical consultant. Likewise, I'd like to thank Darryl Moffat for being pit boss and the rest of the pit crew. The EBSO board also deserves recognition for providing the means to organize and fund this program. I would also like to thank Keith Deger for organizing the car wash and helping out for just about everything. Linda Downs deserves recognition for organizing the chaperones and offering up her artistic talents. Finally, I'd like to thank Chi for coming up with the idea for the waffle bar and Jackie Swain and David Furmidge for making the waffle bar fun and competitive. This certainly was a big hit with the students.
To any of the sophomore and freshman parents that have not yet participated in any of these activities, my advise to you is to jump in and try it. You will meet new friends and have a good time. You will also be able to add something to the mix and creative input is always welcome. I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events including the Winter Concert, Winter Guard and Drumline and Guard Pancake & Waffle Breakfast.
Thanks again for all your support of The Emerald Brigade & Color Guard Program.
Brent Van Hoozen
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