The band works hard - most of the time - up to the day of the concert.  Everyone is ready and the excitement can be felt among the students. But what about the audience? I found a way to let their excitement become an important part of our concert experiences - after the concert ends.  

Place 3x5 cards in baskets beside the programs at the concert with a note explaining the reason for the cards. "Please, take one, write a message to the band students you know and leave them in the basket.  I will collect them and create a display in the main hallway at school. Be sure and sign them! Then, come by to see the proud comments from moms, dads, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and friends! Please, only write on one side of the card." I also made an announcement from the stage about the cards.

It was a hit for every concert!  The first time, I typed their comments for the display. (That added a lot of time to getting the job done!) The concerts after that, I used their own handwritten copies - more personal as well!  I happen to have a Cricut die cut machine and the Cricut music cartridge.  I cut out the notes written by people in the audience using designer scissors (zig-zag cutting,) and attached them to different instrument shaped backgrounds, as well as notes, treble clefs, etc. for extra attractions. It was a great display of pride for the band students to enjoy. They enjoyed reading them weeks after the concert was behind us and several parents came by for a visit to enjoy the comments as well.  Respectfully, Pamela Rezach

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