Our Symphonic Journey "A Tribute to Dr. Sam Andress"
...From a "Senior Mom's" perspective,
Four years ago, it was Ben’s freshman year, still summertime, a hectic night, Ben was getting measured for his uniform, I asked many questions of the experienced parents, they looked at me with a smile in their eyes - “Hell Week” was around the corner.
Ben survived “Hell Week”, and it was the first day of school. I was apprehensive, 3,000 students, overwhelming for some. Yet Ben had a great day at school, he knew all of the band students, they ate lunch together, they were good friends. Two weeks later, it was Ben’s birthday, the Clarinet section sang “Happy Birthday” to him – all was well.
Reflecting on the previous four years, it's clear, how all of this came about ..... "Dr. A"
Dr. A will quickly tell you that its staff, students and parents that contribute to the success of the students and the program, truly - Dr. A is the key.
His knowledge, ongoing education, recruiting, judging in competitions, teaching, expanding our music program, and encouraging participation in other bands, never ending energy focused on improving our music program.
Dr. A has impacted Ben's life and our entire family, he teaches and models these attributes: Discipline: "To be early, is to be on time" Pride in Yourself: "Know who you represent" Goals: "Move forward, improve collectively, this is how we measure success" Responsibility: "Take care of yourself, your uniforms, your instruments" Challenges: "Work for what you want, practice if you really want it" College: "Goals, grades, study, plan" Expand: "Visit musicals, community band, parades, participate in your community" Hard Work has Rewards: "Fun, Pride, Discipline, Relationships that last a lifetime" Most Important: "Enjoy the Journey as much as the Destination"