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Behind The Music

Aledo band program 


As we sit in the crowd, tapping our feet to the mesmerizing rhythm of the marching band or swaying along to the beautiful melodies of the concert or jazz bands, we are often unaware of the countless hours of hard work and dedication that goes on behind the scenes. The Aledo Bands have been an integral part of our community for 50 years, shaping the lives of young musicians and enriching our community with their performances.

But what many people don’t know is the incredible amount of effort and support that goes into making this possible. Let me take you behind the curtain and reveal the inner workings of the Aledo Bands. Not only will you gain a new appreciation for this talented group, but you will also see how your support and involvement can make a difference.

Legacy Directors

The Aledo Bands have been a source of pride for our community for half a century. An award-winning program that Aledo enjoys and celebrates happens by design—not by default. This program and legacy would not be possible without the tireless efforts of the band directors. These dedicated individuals have not only shared their love and knowledge of music with their students, but they have also instilled important life skills such as teamwork, discipline, and perseverance. The impact of these band directors on the lives of their students is immeasurable and extends far beyond the stage.

Tirelessly (and Tired) Dedicated Parents

Behind every successful band student and director is a team of supportive parents. The Aledo Bands have a strong network of volunteer parents who work tirelessly to support the band directors and their students. From organizing fundraisers to chaperoning trips; prepping meals to building props; organizing uniform pieces to pre-dawn drop-offs and middle-of-the-night pick-ups; the sometimes frazzled but none-the-less committed band parent plays a crucial role in the success of Aledo bands. They sacrifice their time and energy to ensure that the students and directors have the resources and support they need to excel. As president of the Aledo Band Boosters, I am continually amazed at the level of dedication and support that my fellow band parents display all year round.

R.O.I.: Return On Investment

The financial engine of Aledo bands is the Aledo Band Boosters. To keep parents’ band fees manageable, Aledo bands rely heavily on fundraising to offset the costs of private lessons, trips, equipment, supplies, and college scholarships for students. This is where the community’s support truly makes a difference. Every dollar raised goes towards giving these students the best possible musical education and experiences. Whether it’s through purchasing a fundraising item, styling fresh Aledo drip (ask your kids), buying raffle tickets, or stopping by the band booster concession stand—every contribution helps in shaping the future of these young musicians.

50 Years Of Immeasurable Influence And Value

The Aledo Bands not only focus on the current students but also have a long-term vision of promoting music education for generations to come. By investing in the future of music education, the Aledo Band Boosters are ensuring that the community continues to benefit from the joy and enrichment that comes from music. As we can see, the success of the Aledo Bands is a result of the collaborative efforts of the band directors, supportive parents, and the community. Each one plays a crucial role in ensuring that these young musicians have the resources and support they need to thrive.

So, the next time you attend an Aledo Band performance, take a moment to appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into making it possible. And remember, your support, whether through volunteering or donating, will play a significant role in shaping the lives of these students and promoting music education for generations to come. Let’s continue to support and celebrate the legacy of these talented musicians.

“Band is fun.” – JDP

Jack Hunt is a band parent and the president of the Aledo Band Boosters.


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