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Band’s success shows commitment

Last week, the Daily News had two articles about the EHS Band. I hope our readers had an opportunity to read one or both of the articles, not because I wrote them, but because they call attention to the hard work and dedication that every single band student puts into the program.
The EHS band had numerous accomplishments as a whole.
The band achieved first division ratings at all the major contests the group participated in, including UIL Marching, Concert and Sight-reading. The fact that the band was so successful this year is pretty awesome. But this fact is just a brick in the figurative wall of tradition that the EHS band has been building for over 50 years.
The band has achieved first division ratings in all three categories for about 54 out of 58 years. This means that there are folks of all ages who have been a part of this winning tradition still living in our community.
A program this successful is an excellent nurturer of individual talents, as well. Band students have represented Ennis in All-Region Orchestra and Band, as well as the All-State Band. The Texas Music Educators Association has recognized many of the students, and some students have participated in ensembles that bring young musicians in the Dallas area together, such as the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. Several students gave great individual performances that earned them a chance to play their solo at State, where a few students took home top honors.
This community should be proud to be a place where such young talents are cultivated. With all of these accomplishments, many EHS Band students are on their way to successful musical careers. But even if the band students aren’t going to pursue music for a living, band can help immensely in other subject areas. Reading music helps with math skills and playing with an ensemble can help students work cooperatively (which is a skill that can be applied to a variety of subjects).
While being in band is valuable, I think it should be known that band is fun! Speaking as a former band kid myself, band is one of the few organizations that unites a large group of girls and boys of all four high school grade levels.
When I started high school, I had no idea what to expect. I showed up to summer band a few weeks before the beginning of school, and was welcomed, as a freshman, by sophomores, juniors and seniors. I felt like I was part of that school, especially when I marched onto the field at the first football game of my freshman year. I was representing my school, and hundreds of fans were watching.
Even though I didn’t study music in college, I still had the opportunity to participate in my school’s marching band. It was a continuation of my love for music and my desire to be a part of a program that represented my school, but it was also an opportunity to meet people of similar interests at a university with 8,000 students.
I hope our readers realize how great the band program is at EHS.
The band’s success takes commitment from both staff and students, but also support that only an enthusiastic community like Ennis can provide.
Liz Crawford serves as education reporter for the Ennis Daily News, and also covers Ellis County government. She can be reached at liz@ennisdailynews.com.

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