To the Bay Area Big Band

I cannot thank you all enough for the gift you gave our students last night! Many of our students and parents have never had the opportunity to hear such quality musicians, and it's all anyone could talk about today at school.  I have had numerous requests for your website (parents hoping to give back to you) and student's so inspired by what they heard.  I had parents asking if they could continue coming to our awards banquet to hear you even after their kids graduate, so I'm hoping we could do this again in the future!   I absolutely loved what George shared, also!

My favorite comments of the night included one of my percussionists telling me that he wants to play in a big band just like this!  (He is in my band room right now practicing non-stop.)  My bari-sax player instantly "came alive" today and played like a bari-sax should...so thank you!!  (He was too neat and tidy before and you inspired him to play out!) Student's get out of school at 12:15 on Friday's...and it has been a flood of students picking up their instruments to practice this weekend.  You really lit a fire under them - they brought in recordings to share today also that they found after searching big band music. 

Thank you for all that you do.  You changed lives last night!

Michelle Floering, Band Director

Grand Traverse Academy

To the Bay Area Music Foundation

"I wish to thank all of you for the wonderful learning experience you provided to my grand daughter, Amanda Hall.  As you know, Amanda is blind, but at Bay Area Summer Band Camp, see was no different than the other musicians.  It was wonderful for her to experience how a band works together to make great music.  And it was empowering for her to be just another student and a real part of the activities.  The opportunities and encouragement she and the others received at camp cannot be replicated anywhere.  It was awesome!  Thank you so much!"

-Sara Gindin

To the Bay Area Music Foundation

Dear Chris,

Thank you so much for your efforts in making our jazz benefit concert an overwhelming success.  Not only did you and the Bay Area Big Band help us raise money for our program, but you also helped educate our community and our students.

As you know, I am working on rebuilding a program here in Suttons Bay.  Having fine musicians, such as yourself, work with our students is an essential part of regaining excitement and energy in the program.  Not only did my students gain a larger appreciation of jazz music, but they also got to see how music can become a lifelong passion for someone.

In short, the educational gains of this experience went far beyond my expectations.  Because of the Bay Area Music Foundation and the great performance of the Bay Area Big Band, my students have grown as musicians and as advocates of the arts in public education.

Sincerely, 

Alan Posner, Director

Suttons Bay Schools