Msg from Maestro re: Jazz Band status

Dear Band families and dedicated supporters,

Thank you to everyone who wrote letters/emails, made posters, attended, and spoke at last week’s WSCUHSD board meeting! The outpouring of support for Analy jazz was heartwarming, and our presence at the board meeting on Wednesday night was something to behold. At least 12 people passionately spoke to remind the members of the Board and our Superintendent why jazz is critical to music education, and a vital part of Analy High School. In attendance were teachers, other music educators, parents and community members, including founding members of the Analy Band Wagon. And our jazz band students were also present in the front row, in uniform complete with instruments!

Each board member respectfully listened to all speakers and showed their support for jazz by sharing stories of their own high school jazz band experiences. We were heard and acknowledged, which was our purpose!

Friday morning, Lisa Mendivil, Matt Kristensen and I met with Principal Raul Guerrero and Vice Principal Shauna Ferdinandson, it was clear they were now in support of keeping the Jazz Band!

Principal Guerrero has requested to address our board and will be attending our upcoming Analy Band Wagon board meeting this coming Thursday, March 14th at 6:30pm in the band room. Please consider attending this special ABW meeting to hear what Mr. Guerrero has planned for the instrumental music program here at Analy. Your attendance at this meeting would be a great support to your students and our band program.

Thank you again for your passionate support of jazz here at Analy!

Maestro Kevin Stewart