Viper Band Family,

I hope this email finds you having a restful and relaxing break from the grind of work and school. As we celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday, I wanted to drop a note to say THANK YOU to our students and parents for your relentless pursuit of excellence and service with the Viper Band.

I have been fortunate to see hundreds of students do amazing work within the VHS Band for the past 9 years. However, this year’s group had a special tenacity and work ethic about them that created a new level of performance for the Vandegrift Band. Just recently, we completed the most successful marching season to date for the VHS Band. The students put together performances that were impressive and inspiring to their peers, judging community and, most importantly, their audiences. It is a privilege to teach the VHS Band students every day and I spend this holiday feeling thankful to be part of one of the most outstanding band programs in the country.

The 2017 Viper Band and Vision Dance Company will ALWAYS hold a special place in the history of the Vandegrift Band and in my experience as an educator. You have DEFINED THE STANDARD! Take pride in your accomplishments and congratulations on such a great season. I’m looking forward to many more great Viper Band experiences to come!

Happy Thanksgiving​,

Mike Howard
Director of Bands
Vandegrift High School
Leander ISD

TMEA Region 32 Band Chair