AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL SUTTER MUSIC DEPARTMENT STUDENTS AND PARENTS July 26, 2015
Dear Senior Band Members and Parents, past and present:
I hope that you’ve all been enjoying your summer and have been having lots of fun! The reason for this letter is to let you all know that I will not be coming back to Sutter. I want you all to know that this has nothing to do with either the members, or the parents of the Sutter Music Department. You have all been fantastic musicians, students and parents. I couldn’t have asked for a group of more talented and dedicated students. Parents, you have been so helpful and supportive of our outstanding students and music program and have played an immense roll in our successes!
However, as you all know, there comes a time when things must change and people must move on to other things. Students, you know that this will happen at the end of your 8th grade year at Sutter. You will then move on to high school and graduate and go on to bigger and better things. For all of the parents, you know that life is a series of changes which are often difficult, but must be done anyway in order to grow. I am in a similar place in my life and need to make that change, too. To be clear, this is one of the most difficult decisions that I’ve ever had to make. Sutter has become a “home” to me and the students will tell you that our band is a “family.” But I have complete trust and confidence that all of the students and parents will make the coming years as successful as our last years together. Students, I know that you will continue to show your strengths through your musicianship, talent, teamwork, character, cooperation and hard work. I know you will continue our “award-winning” tradition at Sutter. Parents, I know that you will continue to be supportive of our fine young musicians and their new band director. Help the students see that change, though it may be hard, can also bring new opportunities.
I want you all to know that I will always have very fond memories of you and of our award-winning Sutter Music Department! Students, you can take pride in the fact that you have accomplished things that many never accomplish their entire lives. And in the process you have created memories which will last a lifetime too. Please take the lessons you’ve learned in our award-winning band and apply them to the rest of your lives – I can promise you they’ll serve you well! I wish all of you the very best! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!