Thank you to those students and parent volunteers who braved the cold to represent North Andover in the Haverhill Santa Parade today. Unfortunately, besides the 12 students excused for the Shakesspeare Festival we had 30 unexcused absences for today’s parade. A third of the band decided not to show up and most did not even contact me or Mr. Ignos. More people saw the North Andover High School band today than in any competition or football game all season and what they saw was not a reflection of what we truly are. These parades are not only important in raising funds for our music program, but provide a huge service to our community. I am beyond disappointed to see this lack of commitment in many band members. Attendance is the single biggest factor holding the marching band back. We cannot pick and choose when we are part of the band regardless of whether or not you are in the class this trimester. When I think of the Scarlet Knight Band, I want to think or pride and a commitment to excellence, but I cannot think that tonight.

Mr. Nelson


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