“When I hear people asking how do we fix the education system, I tell them we need to do the opposite of what is happening, cutting budgets by cutting music programs... Nothing could be stupider than removing the ability for the left and right brains to function. Ask a CEO what they are looking for in an employee and they say they need people who understand teamwork, people who are disciplined, people who understand the big picture. You know what they need? They need musicians.”
– Mike Huckabee, Former Arkansas Governor, TV commentator and Presidential Candidate
“Some people think music education is a privilege, but I think it’s essential to being human.”
– Jewel, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist
“The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of the nation, is close to the center of a nation's purpose - and is a test to the quality of a nation's civilization.”
– President John F. Kennedy
“During the Gulf War, the few opportunities I had for relaxation I always listened to music, and it brought me great peace of mind. I have shared my love of music with people throughout this world, while listening to the drums and special instruments of the Far East, Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Far North, and all of this started with the music appreciation course that I was taught in a third-grade elementary class in Princeton, New Jersey. What a tragedy it would be if we lived in a world where music was not taught to children.”
– General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, United States Army
“A grounding in the arts will help our children to see; to bring a uniquely human perspective to science and technology. In short, it will help them as they grow smarter to also grow wiser.”
– Robert E. Allen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Corporation
“Should we not be putting all our emphasis on reading, writing and math? The ‘back-to-basics curricula,’ while it has merit, ignores the most urgent void in our present system – absence of self-discipline. The arts, inspiring – indeed requiring – self-discipline, may be more ‘basic’ to our nation’s survival than traditional credit courses. Presently, we are spending 29 times more on science than on the arts, and the result so far is worldwide intellectual embarrassment.”
– Paul Harvey, syndicated radio show host
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The school has provided the band department a number of school lockers for the students that are in marching band, winter guard, pep-band, etc. (This is in addition to your instrument locker, located in the band hall.) Since it is difficult to keep the band room locked during the marching band season, this locker is a safe place to keep your personal items during rehearsal. We have had problems in the past with students getting personal items stolen when we are at rehearsal. YOU SHOULD NEVER LEAVE ANY PERSONAL ITEMS IN THE BAND ROOM! Always keep your personal items locked in your locker! If you are a freshmen, you can have TWO school lockers. (One at the west campus for your daily use, and one at the east campus for after school band activities.) If you are a sophomore, junior or senior, you will only be allowed ONE school locker. You do not have to have a band locker, but it is highly recommended that you have one. REMEMBER: The gates by the main office are locked at 3:30pm everyday. ONLY band lockers are located on the outside of these gates.
If you want a band locker, please fill out this ONLINE FORM. You can also see Mr. Hutchison or Mr. Finkbeiner before or after rehearsal. Our goal is to have all lockers assigned BEFORE school starts. THANK YOU!
“The things I learned from my experience in music in school are discipline, perseverance, dependability, composure, courage and pride in results... Not a bad preparation for the workforce!”
– Gregory Anrig, President, Educational Testing Service
“Music is exciting. It is thrilling to be sitting in a group of musicians playing the same piece of music. You are part of a great, powerful, vibrant entity. And nothing beats the feeling you get when you've practiced a difficult section over and over and finally get it right. Music is important. It says things your heart can't say any other way, and in a language everyone speaks. Music crosses borders, turns smiles into frowns, and vice versa. These observations are shared with a hope: that, when schools cut back on music classes, they really think about what they're doing - and don't take music for granted.”
– Dan Rather, CBS News
“It is our job, as parents, educators, and friends, to see that our young people have the opportunity to attain the thorough education that will prepare them for the future. Much of that education takes place in the classroom. We must encourage our youngsters in such pursuits as music education. In addition to learning the valuable lesson that it takes hard work to achieve success, no matter what the arena, music education can provide students with a strong sense of determination, improved communication skills, and a host of other qualities essential for successful living.”
– Edward H. Rensi, President and Chief Operation Officer, U.S.A. McDonald's Corporation
“It [music education] is terribly important, extremely important -- because when you are a child, you are in a receptive age... In high schools, public schools -- that's where they must have the best influence, the first influence, which will go through their whole life.”
– Eugene Ormandy, conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra
The final run through video is now posted on the visual page. This video was taken on Saturday morning. Because we are a competitive marching band, we do not want this video out to the public. This page is PASSWORD protected. To visit the page, click the button below. If you are a member, and do not know or remember the password, CLICK HERE.
“Music is an essential part of everything we do. Like puppetry, music has an abstract quality which speaks to a worldwide audience in a wonderful way that nourishes the soul.”
– Jim Henson, television producer and puppeteer
Congrats to the 2013 GBHS Marching Band for an OUTSTANDING band camp. The students learned over half of their show with music, drill and color guard work. This was the most productive camp we have every had. We are so proud of all the members! We decided to present students with awards at the end of camp, to acknowledge their hard work. There were so many great students, it was a very difficult decision. Below is a list of students and sections who earned these awards. Congrats to everyone!
Today is the last full day of band camp. This morning we finished learning the drill for the 3rd song. The students continue to work hard in every rehearsal. We are very proud of their progress and hope that they continue in this positive direction. The members are in sectionals until 3:15 and then will start rehearsing again at 6:30. Our goal for today is have the drill, music and guard work completed for #3. Great job GB!
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