Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Musical Ambassadors

Moody Band parents and students: Please read the letter below from the Alabama Musical Ambassadors. Please let me know if you would like to be nominated for an opportunity to go on the trip. This is the same trip that our recent graduate Elizabeth K did, and she loved it! -- Dr. Sargent.


2015 TOUR

March 13, 2014

Dear Colleague:

I am a member of the teaching staff for the Alabama Ambassadors of Music for the 2015 European tour. This group of some of the most talented high school and college musicians from all over the state of Alabama presented a series of band, jazz band, and choir concerts in seven countries (England, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, and Germany) over a 16-day period in 2001, 2003, 2009, 2011, and 2013, and were warmly received by all of their enthusiastic European audiences. Students who travel with us have the opportunity to work with fellow musicians and respected music educators from throughout the state; and through their travels, the participating students gain an educational and musical experience of a lifetime.

Part of my responsibility with the Alabama Ambassadors of Music is to identify outstanding high school musical talent in the state to be considered for an invitation to join the Ambassadors on our 2015 tour. I am attaching a form on which to make recommendations of the top students in your program. Please list any instrumental and/or choral students whom you deem to be musically talented, who are individuals of high character and leadership ability, and who might benefit from an experience of a high-quality musical tour of Europe. Students need not necessarily be members of the All-State ensembles, and we encourage you to nominate student leaders in particular. You may nominate as many students as you feel are deserving of such an honor. Please return the information to me as soon as possible. Students should not be aware that they have been nominated, and please do not consider student financial status when making your nominations. In many cases, even students of limited financial means can raise the funds necessary through churches and corporate sponsorships. Being nominated for this tour is an honor of which students can be proud, and all nominated musicians will receive a letter of commendation from Alabama Governor Robert Bentley.

The minimum age for participation is 15 at the time of departure (June, 2015), so most current 8th grade students are eligible if they meet the above criteria. Please do also feel free to recommend recent graduates of your program who may be in college now. Young college students have made extremely important contributions to the musical success of the past Ambassadors tours.