Performer First Reactions
Congratulations to all the performers! Here, we share some of their first reactions and continued thoughts to being invited to appear at The Midwest Clinic.
Author: Robert Keating,
I displayed the invitation letter on the Smart Board behind my podium as they walked in for band. Nobody noticed at first, then one of my students read the first line and raised his hand and asked “Is that for real?”. They all read the letter and one by one started to cheer. They all were so very excited about the honor that I allowed them to text their parents the good news. We had some fun that day.
Author: Nathaniel Neugent,
This is a huge accomplishment for our students, band staff and lesson teachers who have worked so hard to earn this privilege. We are beyond proud of our administration, parents, district and community for supporting us in this endeavor 100%. This marks the first time a Mansfield ISD band has been selected to be featured at the legendary Midwest Clinic. For us to have both Howard MS and Summit HS selected the same year is beyond the scope of what we had hoped to accomplish in our first year applying. We had to coordinate the announcement of the invitation to both our bands as closely as possible as we share many families and siblings. It was overwhelmingly exciting for all involved! I hope to upload some reaction video later (we aren't done with UIL yet).
Everyone in our administration has been extremely supportive. Our Superintendent, school board president, principals, and Fine Arts Director are committed to excellence in our programs. Most importantly they are helping support our travel expenses to Midwest as many of our band families could not afford this trip on their own! In addition, both our seniors and outgoing 8th graders will be recognized at next weeks board meeting for their accomplishment. They've even posted it on the district homepage and emailed it out to the entire district and community. Check it out here: http://www.mansfieldisd.org
The directors at all three of our campuses within our cluster (Cross Timbers IS, Howard MS, & Summit HS) have worked closely together to create a vertically aligned philosophy and curriculum. Our efforts have resulted in over 600 kids involved in Band 6th-12th with 260+ beginners signed up for next year. We strive to recruit balanced instrumentation from our 5th grade so that we have three well-balanced UIL performing bands in our middle school and high school programs. We are excited to showcase our hard-working students next December! Now back to listening to music...