I want to publicly thank a few groups for their support of the Fernie Secondary School (FSS) band program, specifically our recent trip to Whistler B.C. to participate in the Con Brio Music Festival.
This festival provided very valuable learning for both the band students and myself. Specifically, we learned about the importance of balance and blend, two concepts that have taken our playing to the next level. These are concepts I knew about but had not spent enough time working on, and to have the opportunity to work with leading experts in the field gave the students and myself a chance to see it from a different perspective. We also were able to listen to many different groups play and learn by simply observing.
The generous gifts from 3300 Club, Fernie Alpine Resort Summit Fund, Fernie Rotary Club, Elks, Lions, Overwaitea and Extra Foods were all gratefully accepted. The gifts helped some students who wouldn’t otherwise attend be able to attend; they helped us purchase a uniform for our performance, and the stores provided us with part of our breakfast meals in Whistler and the all important snacks for our 14-hour bus trip each way.
Again, thank you to all of the community groups and businesses that gave generously, the students who benefitted had a great time and were so happy to participate.
Band Teacher, FSS