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    Dear Parents and Guardians –

    My name is Rachel Di Pilla, and I am the Marching Band Director at Shawnee High School. Marching band is one of the greatest activity Shawnee High School has to offer.  I’d like to introduce you to the group and answer a few common questions incoming parents have.

    Being involved in marching band teaches students about work ethic, dedication, and team work.  Being a member in the marching band improves musicianship skills and provides a chance to make lifelong friends and memories.

    Here is what some of our current students have to say about marching band:

    "The Shawnee Marching Band has given me the opportunity to meet new people and form lifetime friendships. Marching Band is my second family." 

    "Being surrounded by so many great people has really allowed me to come out of my shell and grow as an individual."

    "The Shawnee Marching Band has given me new friends; great people I never would have met otherwise. It has also helped to improve my trumpet skills so much. I learned more lessons here than in any other activity I've ever done."

    Marching band includes a summer band camp.  We use this time to learn the show and to build and strengthen friendships.  It allows you to get to know upper classmen before school even starts!  You gain 80+ friends before school even begins!

    Band camp is not required, but the few who have missed all of camp tend to struggle and often drop out.  This is because band camp is almost 40% of our practice time for the season. 

    Many travel over the summer. We understand that you may miss some summer practices.  The general rule for summer attendance is if you are in town, you should be at practice.  Most importantly just communicate with me if your child cannot attend.  

    Marching band is a commitment, but well worth it. Students eagerly anticipate Friday football games with their friends and weekend competitions.  Sometimes parents are concerned that the commitment may have on academics.  Based on personal experience, that effect has actually been a positive one by instilling good time management skills.  In fact, 90% of our members say they do better academically during the season because the structure of the schedule helps them budget their time more efficiently.

    Except for the Memorial Day Parade, the schedule ends by the end of November. Marching Band is a fall activity and does not interfere with winter or spring sports.

    You may sign up by going to "2018 Sign Up Form". Please feel free to email me at rdipilla@lrhsd.org with any questions you may have!