Maritime Parade/ Gig Harbor

We are ready to represent the State ofWA

The PHS Marching Band is proud to announce a very special

Homecoming this year, on Friday the 25th at 7:00pm.

For the first time in over 20 years, we are completely coming home, marching in with pride.

For, OUR High School Marching Band, will treat you to an unforgettable evening.

Close to 100 students will be in attendance, and performing to a new choreographed field show.

So come out, to be a witness to history, and show your PHS Pride and Spirit.

Peninsula High School Band is School Spirit.

This is the story of a long struggle. The Peninsula High School Band has gone through some great changes in the past few years. Now we are ready to celebrate meeting one of our goals, getting the whole PHS Marching Band looking as good as they sound. We would like to have the opportunity to announce to everyone in the state of Washington, that this coming Friday’s Homecoming Football game will be one of great importance. That the Peninsula High School Band will be fully outfitted and performing the whole show, that will be performed in Washington D.C.’s 4th of July Parade in 2010. Please come and support the band that will be representing our state in the Nations Capital.
We are also asking for sponsorships’, and donations to get our kids to DC. This will cost about $1500.00 each student.
Please help us spread the word. You can see some of the band at peninsulaband.com

Some of the projects that we have taken on are;
Marching Uniforms
Equipment
Travel expenses
Scholarships
Instruments
Materials

Below is a little more about the band and the program.

Hello, my name is Ramona Hensley, the President to the Peninsula High School Band Boosters Club, and Mom to 2 band students.
To say that we are on a mission for our kids is put things too lightly. I started this fight Sept. of 2008, and will not stop until We all see these kids where they belong, marching in Washington D.C. 4th of July 2010. Below is a little of their story.

There was an incident when the concert band was in a competition and a performer’s clarinet just fell apart. Being the better player of the two, the boy next to her handed over his instrument. This is integrity. I am writing to you today on behalf of all the Peninsula High School “Seahawks” band students and their families. My first and foremost objective is to have a learning environment where the focus is on student achievement. Unlike our athletic programs, the band does not receive any school district funding for uniforms, equipment, travel expenses or scholarships. It has been a challenge from the beginning to outfit the students with necessary equipment.
We have personally begged, borrowed and paid for individuals’ instruments and materials. I believe no student should be denied the opportunity to be musically educated and to experience the joy of performing as a team. Proper equipment is a requirement for competitions; they will not be able to get the recognition and the exposure they deserve without the proper tools.
Peninsula High School (PHS) has one of the highest percentages of economically disadvantaged students in the Peninsula School District. The district instruments are worn out, some beyond repair, and short in supply. The students would take pride in an instrument of choice, instead of what is available in the classroom.

The marching band program has been dormant since 1992, but rapidly growing since 2008. Enrollment is up 10% from last year. With the proper funds the band would be outfitted with the state of the art instruments, giving existing students an opportunity to expand their music education and offering new students a chance to join the group. This would make a great legacy and tribute, to help these students now and over many coming years.
The band program now includes jazz, pep, concert, symphonic, percussion, marching, and wind ensemble, plus a growing Color Guard Team. All PHS band students are part of the marching band. These are dedicated students. The young musicians agree, marching band rehearsals are very long but much needed.
During the school year, rain or shine, (even if their hands turn blue) you will find them practicing several hours a week on the field 6:00 p.m. in the evening.
We are the only marching band in Gig Harbor.
Our students have been invited to represent our communities in Gig Harbor, the Peninsula, Pierce County and the State of Washington, at the 4th of July Parade 2010, in Washington D.C.; sadly they do not have the appropriate equipment.
Our students play at numerous popular venues including: all home football games, Gig Harbor Maritime Parade, regional marching band contests, Fishbowl, the Daffodil Parade, Macy’s Parade in Seattle, and more.
The Peninsula High School Band Booster Club (PBBC) has been a key component for the bands success. These parents help their band group by advocating for their children’s best interests and participating in the band community. To be part of the band means to lay your heart on the field and stage. The PHS band is working hard to be first-class. This is why more students want to join the band group. Unfortunately, it is becoming extremely challenging to fund students who would like to participate in the band.
We are asking you and everyone, In Tune to join me in supporting these band students.
The “Seahawks” thank you for your consideration.
Please help keep the passion for music, and community alive in these times.
We DO have our Sons and Daughters, to be VERY PROUD OF!
We Will Represent the GREAT STATE OF WASHINGTON IN 2010 !
Thank you.
Ramona Hensley

Web site…peninsulahighschoolbandboosters.com & peninsulaband.com

Email…… hensleyr@psd401.net

Ramona Hensley
PHS Band Boosters President
253-853-4074
Paraeducator Peninsula High School
14105 Purdy Drive NW Gig Harbor, WA 98332
Phone:(253) 530-4400
Fax:(253) 530-4420

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