April, 2019

Band and Guard Families,

April promises to be another busy month for our students. This newsletter will be my last as the Band
Parent Organization president, as I am passing the mantle to Dee Nommensen, who brings a wealth of
experience to the position. I wanted to take a moment to encourage all of our families to play an active
role in our program. Whether you volunteer to chaperone, chair a committee, participate in fundraising,
volunteer for concessions, or simply attend concerts and performances, this robust program needs you.
Our programs are growing in both size and reputation so we really do need all hands on deck
throughout the year.

We would like to warmly welcome Debra Majewski to the BPO board as our secretary for the upcoming
school year. Debra is taking the role that Cathy Cruz has held for the past two years. In addition to
being our official secretary, Cathy has also managed the relationship with Sweets N’ Treats, our cupcake
and candy vendor at all of our concerts. Cathy and her husband Scott have been involved with our
program for several years and have been extraordinary volunteers. Thank you, Cathy, for all of your
contributions!

Our Varsity Winter Guard is celebrating their historic 8th place Winter Guard International World
Championships, where they formidably competed against the top guard ensembles in the world. Our
Varsity guard has had unprecedented success this season. We would also like to recognize our JV guard,
who has also had an amazing season. Congratulations!

We are already getting ready for the end of the year Awards Banquet, which will be held Tuesday, May
14th at 6:30 pm in the LTHS East Cafeteria. The students have been sent home with the banquet form,
which must be returned with payment no later than Thursday, April 11th at 3:15 pm. Late payments will
not be accepted, as we must have our catering order and our awards order in by that time. The form is
also posted on the Lockport Township Band Parent Forum page in announcements. Your student may
try to tell you that this event is for students only, but that is not the case! We would love to see all of
our band and guard families attend.

The last BPO Meeting of the school year will be taking place on Monday, April 15th at 6:15 PM in the
LTHS East band room. All band and guard families are welcome to attend. If you are an incoming
freshman parent who has questions about marching band, the board will be happy to answer your
questions after the meeting.

Finally, our annual Grand Raffle will be kicking off on April 9th . Tickets will be mailed to your home and
payments and completed raffle tickets will be accepted until 3:15 PM on May 9 th . The drawing will be
held on May 9th during the intermission at the Spring Concert (wind symphony/concert bands.)

If you have not done so already, please visit www.lockportbands.org and review the curricular band activities.

Kind regards,
Natalie Ruffatto
President, 2018-19 Band Parent Organization