Band teachers enrich students’ lives

Published 4:30 pm Tuesday, January 31, 2012

To the Editor:
I would like to express our appreciation for Polk County’s public schools and in particular today for the excellent and inspirational teaching of Cindy Gilbert and Jill Bennett.
The high school and middle school bands are wonderful opportunities for our children to learn the value of teamwork, perseverance and self-discipline. Cindy’s and Jill’s professional ability and love for our children have given all the band kids skills and experiences they would otherwise be unlikely to achieve.
Our family is going to have the incredible experience of seeing our daughter perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City, courtesy of the kind of quality instruction that can take a child from no musical knowledge to a chance at first chair and a solo in a nationally recognized event.
Cindy and Jill do amazing work with our children.
– Lee Barker, Green Creek