This May, Kingston Middle School Cavalier Marching Corps took third place in the High School Division (as a middle school!) in Victoria Day Parade (“Organizers release results of 119th Victoria day parade”, May 23rd). Last year we won the Judges Overall Band Award (of all High School and Middle School bands) and were asked to be the guest lead-off band to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Quite an honor to represent Kingston and North Kitsap School District, but the trip would not have happened without the support of our local community and countless generous donations that helped fund this operation.
These trips mean so much to the children who learn not only the beautiful music, but the sense of belonging to the community, from the first bundle of dollars in their “donations” jar, to their school, town, and even country announced as they proudly march. In today’s financial uncertainty some schools choose to discontinue their music programs and families hesitate to enroll their children, concerned that they may not be able to afford the instrument rental let alone the band trips. This is why we the parents of KMS Marching Corps, are grateful for your support and for keeping the music education strong in our community.
As we start planning our next year activities and setting goals for the Band Boosters, we would like to focus on strengthening our community ties, inviting you to the seasonal school concerts and organizing community performances. Please visit, call, or otherwise reach out with any comments and suggestions. We would love to hear from you! Once again, we thank you for your support and hope we can count on it this school year and many more.
Musically yours, Kingston Middle School Band Boosters