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BALLARD BAND NOTES - Week of Sept 28

posted Sep 30, 2015, 10:47 PM by Ballard Band


Thank you so very much for yet another successful BRUIN INVITATIONAL.  The parent volunteers, the student workers, the community involvement, and Ballard High School administration were all on TOP FORM!!!!!

A special “SHOUT OUT” to Leigh Mayes and her committee for all the details work and preparation to make the day a success. 

A special thanks to Mr. Matheney for his invaluable work for the Bruin Invitational each and every year. You go above and beyond – THANKS!

Eric and many other of our students are doing better after the extreme exhaustion, etc.  I am amazed and humbled by the out pouring of love and concern for our band peers.

I read the following today from one of my mentor teachers at the Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University.  It speaks directly to me about how we handle adversity, I hope it is beneficial…


I read once that researchers at the University of California / Berkley did an experiment in which that placed an amoeba in a perfectly stress-free environment with ideal temperature, optimal concentration of moisture, constant food supply.  It had to make no adjustment living in this environment.  The amoeba had everything going for it yet, it died.  What it was missing was apparently the struggle needed to sustain life.

We all have challenges at times in our jobs, school, or home.  Whether the challenged are small of even overwhelming they produce anxiety or stress.  Many times we associate challenges with stress rather than growth.  I know I have found in my like that certain challenges I faced, that were stressful at the time, helped me prepare for later challenges that were considerably more difficult.  Without the first challenge I would have been ill prepared to deal with the later one.

I a way, then, our challenges make us grow, keep us attentive and help prepare us for the future.  Perhaps a way to minimize stress is to embrace the challenges, see them as opportunities for growth and move forward.

As [you read this) there are and overwhelming number of “opportunities for growth challenges” facing us, and we will be glad to see them resolved soon, but still grateful for the opportunities.  Here’s hoping that you will be facing just the right number of challenges for continued growth and performance sharpening. – S.W.P

I am looking forward to this week of preparation and ask that you take a look into next week to stay forced on the challenges that WILL make US a stronger.

Sincerely,  CAKLING

Ballard Band,
Sep 30, 2015, 10:47 PM