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Roswell’s band director says goodbye to seniors

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Submitted Photo Roswell band on picture day.

To the RHS Band members, friends, and family …

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all the members and supporters of the Roswell High School Band. This year did not end the way anyone wanted; however, we competed and performed with the usual pride and enthusiasm that defines the RHS band. Your performances at the football games, basketball games, the ENM Fair Parade, and even the wrestling tournaments provided the players and spectators with motivation and excitement and was the perfect catalyst to show off our Coyote pride. Words are not enough to express how proud I am of your accomplishments on and off the field. You represent the Coyote Nation with pride, your hard work and dedication, maturity, and academic success that everyone should be proud of.

Although we were not able to perform during the concert season this year, I know in my heart that you would have performed at your best and would have achieved great things during the second semester. We did have a few things to celebrate before everything got shut down. You performed a fantastic and musically breathtaking Veteran’s Day assembly, we rocked the house and kept everyone on their feet during the championship football game (Let’s do it again next year!); to all the morning sectionals, the weekend jazz band performances, the life lesson Star Wars quotes, the most important three rules you will ever learn, to all the civic events, elementary school visits, parades, assemblies — it seemed the RHS band was heard in every corner of the city and almost the entire state.

You should be proud of everything you have accomplished — from the first time the freshmen walked through the doors at band camp, to staying late after school fixing and painting stands, everyone contributed and your hard work paid off.

To all the 8th graders who will be incoming freshman, high school will be a challenge to each and every one of you. The best advice I can give you is to get involved in some activity. The more you are involved the better your chance of success. We have a place for you in the band and I hope to see all of you in August when school starts. To the freshman band members, you have started on a journey that you will never forget; keep working hard and keep striving to get better, because your time in the band will make a lifelong impression on you that you will never forget.

To the sophomores and juniors, your dedication and hard work are what keeps the band going. This year should serve as an example to you to never take a moment for granted because you never know what could happen to change things when you least expect it. There are still many things you can do with your time at Roswell High. Never take it for granted and never let an opportunity slip by without trying your best.

A huge shout-out to our seniors Marissa Gomez, Nicole Ruiz, Sophia Santillan, and Kayleb Wright. Words cannot express my gratitude for each and every one of you. Your dedication, sacrifice, leadership, and commitment to the RHS band was the backbone to our success over the past four years. Much was asked from each of you and not once did you hesitate or question to assist the band in anything and everything you could. Although you did not have the opportunity to perform your last concert, please know that your sacrifices have not gone unnoticed and each and every one of you shall be missed. When things get back to our normal routine, hopefully we can make arrangements to have you all come back to perform with the band “one last time.” After all the Witching Hour is calling your name.

To the returning members and future members of the Roswell High School Band, we will get beyond all of this and will come out stronger in the end. We will continue to achieve great things and will begin next year stronger than ever with the same pride, dedication, and determination that has come to define us. Stay safe, stay strong, practice like no one is listening, and play your instruments with such passion that it seems like time stands still. Your time in the band is filled with memories of success, friendship, and music that can never be replaced. Never fear, we will all overcome these disadvantages and when we are finally able to get back into the band hall, march on that field, and play that fight song again, it will be a glorious sound that everyone in the Coyote Nation will share.

Proud to be a Coyote and proud to be in the Roswell High School Big Red Band.

Best of luck to all the seniors, I am proud of everything you have accomplished and wish you nothing but the best.

Sincerely,

Greg Odom

Roswell High School Band Director