Hello Treutlen County Bands and Backers!
I hope you are as excited as I am about this year and the future of our music program! My goals are not to completely change how things have been in the past, but to continue a standard of excellence that I have set for myself and that Mr. Rayner had set for you. I am sure you are all as anxious as I am about getting things started, as well as getting to know who I am and what I am about.
I am a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, and I believe that I excelled on my instrument. I was principal trumpet of the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, played “lead” trumpet for 4 years in the Redcoat Band, and was one of the first two freshmen to be a part of “derbies”, an upperclassmen ensemble. I was a trumpet soloist for the Redcoat Band and was personally called and asked to be in the world-renowned trumpet player, Fred Mill’s studio. Additionally, I was asked to play with the Georgia Brass at the opening of the Lamar Dodd Art School and to be the single featured soloist at UGA’s “Midfest”. I believe these opportunities have greatly aided me as an educator. I have learned much about practicing, performing, and persistence which are three aspects of music that I hope to share with you so that you can embrace and apply these lessons to many different aspects of your lives.
I believe that music is a means by which some express emotion, relax, have fun, or display creativity, while others use it primarily in order to find a place to belong. For me, music is a means of taking a variety of students with different goals and needs and putting them in an environment where all must work towards the one common goal of harmony. Harmony, a common word in music, is very much applicable to the way that we can help the youth of today. As the director, in order to create musical harmony, I must first take certain frequencies of sound and delegate them to my students hoping that with careful attention and determination they will be able to work as a team with other students in order to create music. As an educator, I aim to achieve the same goals. Through music I believe I can create a team of young men and women who are searching for whatever brings harmony into their lives. I will accomplish this goal by inspiring them with my love of music, but mostly by giving the students the confidence and opportunities to inspire themselves.
I am very excited about being here and I know we are going to do some great things this year. I look forward to meeting and making music with you!
Eric M. Thompson
Treutlen County Schools
Director of Bands
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