Good morning!  I trust you all received the email from Dr. Cook this morning announcing that Basil Kerr has agreed to return as our Interim Director of Bands through the end of this school year ahead of a nationwide search to find the right band director to move SOA Bands forward. The HS Band Booster Board met with Mr. Kerr earlier this week and are excited to have his leadership for the remainder of the school year.  Welcome back, Mr. Kerr!

Here are a few announcements from Mr. Kerr and the Boosters:

Band Parents Meeting – Monday, February 18 @ 6:30 PM

Because we know this has been such a time of uncertainty and change for you and your students, the HS Band Boosters Board has scheduled a High School Band Parents Meeting for Monday, February 18, 2019, at 6:30 PM in the Middle School Vocal Room.  There is a lot of hard work ahead for our students.  Senior Thesis, Region Band, All-State Band, All-State Jazz, All-State Orchestra, and Concert Performance Assessments are all just around the corner.  We need to head into this busy season on the same page and with a united front.

Spring Trip

We have decided to move forward with the Spring Trip to Washington DC May 2-5. We are opening up the opportunity for all high school band students to register for this trip. The new registration deadline is Friday, February 15 and you must complete the Trip Intent Form and the Boosters must receive $250 by the end of the day on February 15.  Additionally, for those of you who have been making payments for this trip, $250 is due by February 15.  Contact Adina Garner at if you have any questions or concerns about the trip.

Senior Thesis

Senior Thesis has been rescheduled.  It will now take place on Sunday, February 24 at 4:00 PM in the Rose Maree Myers Theater.  Please join us at this special concert to celebrate the tremendous work put forth by our senior band students.  

Kristen Salisbury
SOA HS Band Boosters