15 June 2017
To the Students and Parents of the Fairfield Instrumental Music Program,
It is with mixed emotions that I must announce that I will be leaving Fairfield to teach Middle School Band in the Osceola County School District in Orlando Florida. My husband is from Orlando and he is very eager to move back to his roots. I have had an amazing 8 ½ years at Fairfield and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!
I know that many students and parents will be sad, confused, or even angry that I am leaving, but remember, Mrs. T just waves her arms in front of the band, the hard work and effort of the students and tireless support of the parents are what make this program great! In the coming months, I will be creating a detailed transition document to help the new band director navigate the world of 5th-12th music here at Fairfield, but you have homework assignments as well!
Students, I ask that you:
· Make music! No matter who is conducting, the end goal is making music. I encourage you to continue making great music!
· Be accepting and supportive. The new band director might not do things the way Mrs. Thompson did, but that’s ok.
· Be your best advocate: ask the new director about honors band opportunities, make sure that you are signed up properly for ensembles, ensure that administrators and the community are aware of all the wonderful music making happening in and out of the band room!
Parents/Guardians, I ask that you:
· Be an advocate for your band student: ask the new director about honors band opportunities, make sure that your band student is signed up properly and scheduled for ensembles and lessons, ensure that administrators and the community are aware of all the wonderful music making happening in and out of the band room!
· Ask questions, show up to school board meetings, perhaps even start a booster group! If the music education your student receives and the opportunities available to Fairfield students matter to you, then get involved!
· Be accepting and supportive of the new band director. You are a team to help students get the best music education and offer the most opportunities for students. Meet the new teacher, be friendly, form an alliance, and stand up for the students!
There will be changes, but I am confident that the Fairfield Band Program will continue to thrive under new leadership, especially with the support of parents and students.
More than anything, I want to thank you, students and parents, for a wonderful 8 ½ years. I have learned so much as a teacher and as a musician. My hope is that even more students join band under the new director and even greater music making opportunities are provided for students! Mrs. Thompson is not the band program; you are! So get out there, make music, and be the best musicians and supporters of music that you can be!
Rachel G. Thompson