George Boser, Principal, Sedalia – “I fully support these music programs, and I understand the importance of making these opportunities available for all kids. All kids have talents and treasures waiting to be developed, and it is great that these programs will allow kids the opportunity to explore their interests, hopes and dreams.”
Mark Cellar, Band Director, Castle View HS – “When I started playing an instrument in elementary band, I had no idea how richly rewarding the experience would be. Playing in band has allowed me to travel to 7 countries and 20 states. The friends that I met in middle school band have remained my closest friends to this day. And, most importantly, I have the skills to express myself when words are inadequate. There is simply no better means by which we can express ourselves than by making music. I encourage all students to learn to play an instrument!”
Patti Magby, former Principal, Meadow View - "The administrative staff at Meadow View values our band and orchestra programs and we are so pleased that we will be able to offer band and orchestra to our intermediate students. Research has proven that involvement in music improves student's self-esteem, confidence, creative abilities as well as listening and thinking skills. Even though services will be delivered in a different format, we are confident that our instrumental music program will be stronger than ever. We are very excited to have such an accomplished group of music educators who will be working with our students."
Jay McGuffin, Orchestra Director, Castle View HS & Castle Rock Middle School - "We are fortunate to have one of the best Instrumental Music programs in the district from Elementary through High School. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to start something fun that can be a part of you the rest of your life. So often I hear adults say they regret not starting an instrument. Live your life without regrets! Be a part of something awesome! Develop incredible relationships with your peers and make your mind grow! Join Orchestra and Band!"
Brenda Romanello, Band Director, Castle Rock Middle School - "In the past, scientists speculated that those of higher socioeconomic status such as doctors and lawyers were musicians in their spare time so that they could have a creative outlet. Now scientists have learned that being a musician makes people smarter, especially instrumentalists. Studies completed at the University of Zurich found that “learning to play an instrument can increase IQ by seven points in both children and adults”(Alleyne, 2009). Make the potential a reality for you and your children, learn to play an instrument!"
Former beginning band student - "Playing an instrument makes me have a lot of responsibility."