To the Editor:
How do I adequately express my gratitude to the students, parents, and educators (both past and present) who have made the Newtown Nighthawks Band & Guard the outstanding success it is today?
I begin by thanking the students who work so very hard to refine a show that begins as a rough sketch and ends as an illustration of musical talent and athletic precision. I thank the director, assistant director, drill instructor, and staff members who select the music, write the drill, and rehearse the Band & Guard. Their dedication is a labor of love.
Then there are the band parents, volunteers who give 100 percent to make the organization run smoothly. Super volunteers, ten hut! I know who you are: board members, pit dads and moms, chaperones, Grasso Festival volunteers, truck drivers, fund-raising experts, photographers, Guard moms, uniform fitters, barbecue specialists. Talk about love! Talk about logistics!
I will never forget the hard work that went into those trips to competitions in Towson, Allentown, Hershey, Baltimore, Annapolis, and East Rutherford. What a thrill to stand on the field at MetLife Stadium as a chaperone and look up and see the Band & Guard’s performance being shown on the big screen. I am pleased to report I missed only one competition in seven years.
The Band & Guard orientation for the fall 2013 season will be held on Wednesday, June 12, at 7:00 pm at Newtown High School. Students in grade 8 and up and their parents are invited to attend to learn more about Band & Guard performance. For those parents who are interested, it is true what we band parents say, “it is your last opportunity to be involved in your child’s extracurricular activity.” I guarantee your heart will soar with pride when you see your son or daughter march onto the field with the Newtown Nighthawks Band & Guard as they take the field in competition. Keep the tradition going and ring those bells!
19 Cemetery Road, Newtown May 14, 2013