To EVERY individual that applied for a leadership position, thank you so very much. I was humbled when reading through so many wonderful applications. I am amazed at the maturity, creativity, and organization of the leadership hopefuls. I wish I could express how hard these decisions are to make. I truly wrestle with the decision for each and every position. There are people not on this list that ARE leaders in this band. I, unfortunately, have only so many positions/titles. Please remember that being a leader and being influential in this program does not always take a title. I can tell you of some of my favorite and most respected upperclassmen that never had a title. I call this the “Tehvon” category! Your role in this program is as important as ever. Please, please do not quit. The titles are a very small piece of the overall leadership of this band. The fact that you put the time in to apply tells me something about you. You ARE a leader, and special to me. I will treat you as such.
To those that were selected:
Your job is to become above reproach in every aspect of this art form. You need to be the strongest and the most hard-working. You need to make EVERYONE feel important and work to incorporate every Senior into your leadership style. Do not brag. Be humble. Now – you will be less – as others around you are made to be more.
To those that were not selected:
Please be honest with me as you process this. I understand that I may have hurt your feelings, and I hate that. I want you to know how much I respect you. If you can, please support the person that I have chosen. Make them better. This entire program is about TEAM. We work hard to help each other. I value you – please believe me. I really don’t want to lose you… Let’s do this together. Thank you again to everyone who applied. I truly enjoyed your heartfelt (often times reading through tears) essays and wonderful creative projects. This year is going to be amazing!