Our original proposal centered on restoring the La Pine Band Program, cut in the economic downturn. A welcome surprise was to learn that grant perimeters allowed and supported expanding that plan into more far reaching, comprehensive arts integration project that could impact far more students and staff.
Our most challenging barrier to date has been to locate and hire a highly qualified certified band teacher who can and is willing to teach part-time (as we get started) in a remote area! A current staff member has stepped up, using his preparation period to teach the first band class, so we are off and running. However, we still face the task of hiring a dedicated teacher to differentiate for students of differing ability levels and to expand and grow the program.
Small decisions are already making a noticeable impact due, in part, to the commitment and cohesive teamwork of our core planning team.
- Stored band instruments have been repaired and needed additional instruments, chairs, stands and sheet music, and other equipment have been purchased, providing a big “lift” to staff and students.
- The newly formed Pep Band (a subset of band class members) in vintage La Pine uniforms unearthed from storage, performed at the final fall football game. This performance was the first time in memory La Pine band students have performed at an athletic event and it was a huge school and community success!
- Working with Breedlove Guitars, a business in Bend, is providing an opportunity to acquire guitars and to locate prospective guitar teachers to begin the co-curricular guitar class to appeal to students wanting to learn to play this instrument.
Three core team members worked together to write this first submission: Pam Beezley, Non-profit Sunriver Music Festival Partner, Stefanie Bright, Parent Community Member, and Gayle Vidal, Evaluation Liaison. Input and accomplishments of our other team members, Principal Jim Boen, and Classroom Teacher Michael Chavarin, was represented. We are open to sharing this submission on the public-facing website. We want to collaborate with others to grow our project to its fullest potential.