Letter: Band Backer president welcomes the community

To the editor:

As president of the Southington Band Backers I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the Southington community for its support of the Southington High School marching band and music education. I am thankful my children are lucky enough to be able to reap the tremendous educational benefits a quality music program offers them.

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning.” – Plato

This year the Marching Band earned a State Championship for Southington. The students began working on the show in early spring and through the summer with pit, drum line, and color guard rehearsing the highly complex rhythms and melodies that would be their focus for the next eight months.

They were joined by the entire band in late summer.  For two solid weeks of day-long band camp our band members were expected to memorize the music, and get the show to the field.  I can’t tell you how impressed I am at the end of band camp every year when we are treated to a preview of the show.  I can’t get my kids to mow my lawn in a straight line…but they sure know how to move on a football field.

They then take the show on the road.  They spent the fall competing every Saturday, culminating with our first place win at the US Bands state competition in New Britain and the US Bands national competition at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey where they placed seventh in their division.

Southington was recently recognized by a national music educator’s organization, as one of the best communities for music education. That recognition is a testament to the continued support from the Southington school administrations, board of education, and Southington business community who clearly see the value of music education.

Our continued investment in quality music programs in our schools will pay dividends to our students for a lifetime.

The 22nd annual “Music of the Knight” competition was a huge success. In addition to being the band’s largest fund raiser, having the opportunity to host one of the largest and best competitions in the state is very important to our students.  MOTK also provides an opportunity to recognize and say goodbye to our seniors and their families.

Surround Sound is back again this year.  Don’t miss this top-notch, always exciting production that combines precision marching, brass, percussion and color guard. This will be a great performance for all to see, especially if you have Middle School children that are interested in the Marching Band. Performances will be March 6-8 in the high school auditorium.

On behalf of our students, band directors, Jeff Shaw, and Sara Ossias, marching band staff, and members of the Southington Band Backer organization, I wish to thank the residents and businesses of Southington who support us throughout the year.

Erik Semmel, President, Southington Band Backers, Inc.

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