Dear Band Parents,
This message is designed to address the confusion surrounding what exactly is happening with the Stone MS Band program for the 2016-17 school year. After 14 years as Director of Bands at Stone MS, I am sad to announce that for the 2016-17 school year the band position at Stone MS has been cut from five sections/classes down to three, for our 130 band students.
To-date, our students are fortunate enough to have five band classes allowing us to bring you the quality program you heard on this past Spring Band Concert. That quality is passed on to the high school level through your students, where the Westfield HS Band has been crowned State Champions (Virginia Honor Band) 12 of past 16 years.
The band position cut (de-staff) will mean two out of five band classes will no longer be offered. Average class size will increase and less specialized instruction will be available. My classroom time with students will be split between three schools. I have been assigned to teach band classes at both Deer Park ES and Virginia Run ES. Regardless of the two new assignments, I will continue to work and advocate diligently for the Stone MS Band program and for your band child.
Although this is not the best news for future band classes, rising 8th grade parents should not worry. The ground work has been set this school year for the Stone MS Symphonic Band to maintain a level of excellence in 2016-17, consistent with the quality standards of the last 14 years.
Thank you all for the support you have provided throughout the years. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to contact me anytime.