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A Letter from Mr. Llamas
Dear Grossmont Band, Color Guard, Percussion and Orchestra Families:
Last week I made my very difficult announcement to you all that I was resigning from my position as your Music Teacher. Today is my last day as your classroom teacher and the emotions are sure to be running high. This was not an easy choice for me. Grossmont was the first school to hire me after I completed my teaching credential. You have been my first program and I have grown a whole lot alongside you all. I want to thank you all for being such great hard-working students and parents. I have asked a lot of you. I have pushed you and expected more from you when you did not expect it from yourselves. SO MANY of you students have really flourished in your years in this program and I want to thank you for sharing your experience with me. You have helped me to grow and change for the better.
As many of you already know, I will be assisting with this transitional time by running the evening rehearsals and other special events for the marching band until your new Director is hired and cleared to start working with students. Next week we have back to school night on Wednesday and the Pep Band will be playing pep tunes for the parents and students attending like usual! (Call time is 5pm on Wednesday 8/31!) The point is that this program needs to carry on with business as usual during this time of transition. One particular challenge we are facing this year is funding. In years past we have asked for family donations to help us get through this difficult time of the year. We need to do this again. On average it costs roughly $65,000 per year to keep this program running, which is roughly $1000 per student. Students can help achieve this goal through a combination of fundraising and family donations. Currently the funds are very low as we did not receive our usual amount of family donations at Fitting Day. Therefore, we are adding several additional fundraising opportunities in the upcoming weeks. If your family is able, please consider making a donation to GIMA so we can continue to offer your students this amazing experience! We are very close to being able to pay for our competitions, but we need a final push to truly be secure financially. In the fall most of our expenses are upfront costs so we need the support early in the year to get things rolling.
Please consider donating if you can and please help with any and all fundraising opportunities presented by the GIMA Board. The newest fundraising opportunity is this Saturday, August 27th from 1:30-4pm. We are hosting another blitz day to sell discount cards in the surrounding communities. This organization is a family. One that I know will come together to face the challenges that are before us. I will continue to provide a direction for the program while a new director is acquired. Please help us make sure we have the available finances to go in that direction!
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for being such amazing and hard working people! I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to associate myself with! I will miss seeing everyone and watching you all grow! Keep working hard! Make it to championships! Orchestra, keep growing! Never stop doing your absolute best! Strive for the highest!
Band and Orchestra Director 2012-2016
Grossmont High School