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Class of MHS Band Message List
Knock, Knock. A Non-Band Member is Posting - 55
03/13/06     Dr. David Sparks  (1962)      cdsparks@rjia.net
February 12, 2006

Dear Mavahi Band Members, (past & present):

I noticed it had been a while since the last posting on this Band page, so please allow a non-band member a few thoughts...

Few, if any, of you will remember that I sat in the first chair saxophone in both the Mavahi Band and the Va. State Band. Both times they made me get out and go back to my seat in the audience! (ha). Actually, I did take piano from Mrs. Gardner. Also, nowadays I get many requests concerning my singing at church..
..... but I sing ANYWAY! (ha, again).

Seriously, if you played in the M.H.S. Band, you were among the elites as far as I am concerned. In the last 30+ years I've taught at various times in the public school systems of Virginia and North Carolina, and I have seen and heard a number of outstanding high school bands. In my humble opinion, NONE have exceeded the excellence of the Mavahi Band over the years.

You folks had a strict regimen to maintain in order to have such a superior band. Mr. Shank, Mr. Kreger, and others saw to it that our school ALWAYS was among the best.

As an "outsider looking in" I want to relay to you wonderful guys and girls of the band: I was [and still am] immensely proud of all of you. I gladly call you my friends.

A final thought to all of you band members: you have a MARVELOUS, PROUD HERITAGE. Hold your heads up high; and, for goodness sake, correspond w/each other more often, especially by posting on this Mavahi.Com Band Page. You hear?


With best regards from a long-time admirer,


David "Jesse" Sparks (Class of 1962)
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