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!