April, 2018
Band and Guard Families,
The upcoming weeks are full of activities! Please check https://lockportbands.org/calendar/ for the most up-to-date band and guard schedules, including all performance and concert dates. 

Congratulations to our Winter Guard squads! All three of our groups had very successful years. Our JV squad was promoted to level SA at the beginning of the season and competed at the same level as Varsity. Throughout the season they persevered and made quite an impression at every competition! JV finished their season 15th in Class SA at the Midwest Color Guard Circuit Championships. Our Rookie Guard wrapped up their season with a first place finish at Coal City. And finally, in an LTHS first, our Varsity guard made WGI finals! They finished 24th out of over 180 national teams. None of this could have been possible without the support of the guard families who generously donated many weekends building props, chaperoning, and adjusting uniforms. Special thanks to Cathy Miller, who has been our Guard VP and head chaperone for several seasons! “Mama Miller,” as the kids call her, has tirelessly supported our guard activities and will be greatly missed next year.

Our Wind Symphony was a featured ensemble at this year’s Music for All National Festival at Butler University in March. This is the ensemble’s seventh performance in the history of the program. The symphony played in Clowes Hall, received written and recorded evaluations from a panel of educators, and attended clinics and master classes over three days. The Wind Symphony will be attending the ISU Concert Band Festival Weekend on April 27th, as well as the Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival held at University of Illinois on May 5th.

The Grand Raffle is one of our most important fundraisers of the year! Please return your ticket stubs and money by May 1st. Raffle winners will be announced after the concert band and wind symphony performances in May. The student who sells the most tickets wins $100. The ensemble that sells the most tickets earns a party. Currently, Wind Symphony is in first place! 

Where do fundraising dollars go? Our Band Parent Organization supports all band and guard ensembles throughout the year. There is no such thing as “band money” or “guard money,” and the proceeds from our fundraising helps cover the staff we need to ensure all of the activities have qualified instruction. We also cover expenses related to props, our trailers, meals on the road, clinicians, and various supplies. When fundraising participation is low, we run the risk of not being able to support something that may impact your son or daughter. The fees we pay into the program do not nearly cover all of the fantastic experiences we have offered at LTHS. Please, if you have not participated in fundraising this year, consider ending the school year by helping with the Grand Raffle.

Volunteering is optional. Working with the directors, the band parent organization has had many discussions about requiring parents and students to volunteer at various events, and we believe you should be able to help when it is convenient for you. With over 250 families participating in our band and guard program, one would think finding people to help is a breeze—it isn’t! We will take any and all volunteers and would always rather have too much help than not enough. We also have some senior families who are leaving huge voids in the program and are looking for new families to step into various roles.

The Band Banquet is May 15th at 6:30 PM in the LTHS East Cafeteria. We look forward to closing the school year with a great celebration! Need to know the amount in your student account? Send your inquiries to our Treasurer, Laura Kriha. She can be reached at (815)263-3889 or at lkriha@comcast.net. Remember, many of our fundraisers provide your student with opportunities to earn money towards their student trip account!

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me at (815)325-1171 or natalieruffatto@gmail.com if you have questions.

Kind regards,
Natalie Ruffatto
President, 2017-18 Band Parent Organization