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LETTERS: Band director appreciates support

To the editor:

It has been with much struggle that I came to the final conclusion during Spring Break that it is time for me to resign.

Though I know this decision brings regret for some, for others it is a sense of relief. There has been pressure for some time from a few for me to leave. However, I was determined to do so only when I felt God was leading me to do so and the time was best for the students, the band program here in Hillsboro, and also for myself and my family.

I have a variety of reasons why I feel it is time for me to move on. I feel it is time to pursue other musical goals and opportunities, which I have long laid aside including writing, arranging, and recording music in addition to other musical opportunities.

My health has also become an issue in the last couple of years. Though none of these reasons alone give me reason to leave, together they have made it clear to me and my family that it is time.

This decision has been a very difficult and heart wrenching one for me. I have invested 10 years of my life in this band program, school, and community. Every band student I have had here has had a special place in my heart that I will treasure, and I so appreciate those band parents who have supported both the band program and me.

We were able to accomplish some great things during my time here and I am so grateful to all the band members for their dedication and hard work.

I especially appreciate all that Ashlyn and Austin have done this year and the appreciation and respect shown me by the band students. That means a great deal to me. My hope is that I have made a positive impact on the band program, school, and community during my tenure here and that our band program has been one of which we could be proud.

There is no doubt that the ability to participate in athletics is a great opportunity for young people. However, music stimulates the brain and has been proven to increase IQ and improve one’s ability to learn. The benefits are vast, encompass the entire person, and can be beneficial through one’s entire life. I have had many students go on to college, utilizing musical scholarships to help them pursue their higher education. Some have also moved on to pursue musical careers.

When I made the decision to resign, I understood that the band program would continue intact, though under new leadership. It has since become apparent that this is not the case. So, it is with great concern and dismay that I now step aside.

Again, thank you for the opportunity and privilege to serve the band program here.

Gregg B. Walker
Director of Bands, Hillsboro
2000-2010

Last modified May 13, 2010

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