Welcome

MarchingWelcome to the 2013–2014 Pioneer Band Program and our Centennial Year! Pioneer High School is an exciting place to be. There is always something happening in the Bands at Pioneer.

The 2013-2014 School year begins with Band Camp at Interlochen and is followed by Symphony Band marching in fall football games, joined by the Concert Band during one home game. Continuing throughout the year are many opportunities for Symphony, Concert, Varsity and Jazz Band members to play in concerts, festivals, and special performances. This year, Symphony Band performs in the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids, and is joined by Jazz Band for a tour of Central Europe. The year concludes with a centennial celebration concert in Hill Auditorium. There are also social and FUNdraising activities that provide opportunities to be with fellow band members and their families.

For band students, being a member of the Pioneer High School Bands is an amazing opportunity. Band is a wonderful place to make life-long friendships, experience an outstanding level of musical accomplishment, personal growth and character development, and to have a sense of belonging in a high school that at times can seem overwhelming. Students are to be congratulated on their decision to become a high school musician.

For band parents/guardians and extended band families, there are many opportunities for you in the Pioneer Bands family! Please show your support by attending concerts and performances, Pioneer High School Capsule Nights, Parent/Teacher Conferences, and especially Pioneer Band Association meetings. Parental involvement has been cited as the number one factor for success in a student's musical endeavors. Clear your calendar and mark all dates and times that have been announced in the master band calendar.

Encourage your band student to practice daily. Practice is the dividend on all you have invested in equipment, supplies, private lessons, etc. Be sure your child has a quiet, distraction-free area in which to practice. Then, be sure that he or she really does it! Participate in fundraisers, and attend band family social events. Your presence at your child's activities is extremely important. It is only through your active participation in your student's life that you will know what is happening in his or her world. This is the best manner that we as parents can demonstrate our unconditional love and support. Parents, if the financial obligations of band membership is truly too much for your family, please contact one of the directors to discuss the situation. We may, in conjunction with the Pioneer Band Association, be able to find ways to assist you while keeping the matter handled confidentially and professionally.

We are very excited about your family being a part of the Pioneer Bands. Have a great year and we look forward to visiting with you often!

David A. Leach, Director of Bands
Nancy Waring, Associate Director of Bands