Jones encourages band to work ‘toward higher goals’

News personality Reginald Jones, the guest speaker at the DHS Band Banquet, encourages band students to work “toward higher goals.”

“Strive toward higher goals” was the challenge set forth by news personality Reginald Jones during the Daleville High School Band Banquet Friday, May 10.

He first congratulated DHS band students for their work and successes throughout the year.

“I think what should make you and your parents the most proud is not the actual honor itself, but what you had to do to get it,” he said, quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson. “Any recognition that you get is just icing on the cake. Not to be expected, but certainly to be enjoyed.”

He then challenged the band students to “continue to strive toward higher goals,” providing four traits the students should adopt during their journey toward those goals. These traits are scholarship, leadership, community service and character.

“Remember that scholarship is much more than just getting straight As,” Jones said. “It’s a life of loving to learn, and each time that you decide you want to learn something, the experience will be so rewarding that the next time becomes a lot easier for you.”

Leadership, Jones said, is not about holding an office or being a public figure. It’s, instead, an attitude developed over time.

“Are you the person who stands up for what they believe in, and even faces the music even when things are not so pleasant?” he asked. “Do you have a purpose… and do you have vision?

“Remember, the goal is not to get power, but to get your vision, and even your purpose, across. Remember that, as a leader, there will be times that you will stand all by yourself, but don’t forget that there is still power in one person.”

Jones then encouraged the DHS band students to continue to serve their community as well.

“Many see community service as a means to an end, but true community service is an attitude,” he said. “Make sure that you’re doing it for the right reasons.”

He said serving local communities will not always be easy, but will always be “worthwhile.”

“If there’s any one thing that is evidenced by your daily choices, it’s your character,” he said. “While being honest and honorable while others are watching is important, being true to yourself is much more important, and in the end, these day-to-day decisions will eventually reveal your true character to the world.”

He said students will find “true self-worth” by setting and achieving goals that are only limited “by the parameters you set yourself.”

“In the end, the one who wins is the one who believes he or she can,” he said. “Remember in all of your endeavors, in all of your goals, in all that you do, include God in your plans because in Him, all things are possible.”

Following Jones’ words, Band Director Mark Nichols congratulated band members and parents for a great year.

“We have had a great year here at Daleville High School, celebrating 54 years of music at Daleville,” Nichols said, calling the 2018-19 seniors to come back to perform with the DHS Alumni Band to celebrate the band’s 55th year.

He recognized the band “rookies” as well, and recounted the activities the band participated in and hosted. He also thanked the parents and other members of the DHS Band Boosters for their tireless support throughout the year before recognizing the 2018-19 Band Parents Association Officers and the 2019-20 officers.

Following the recognition of parent officers, Nichols announced band students’ accomplishments and awards.

He first recognized the loading crew for the band, which consisted of select band students, before section leaders were recognized. He also recognized the students who made A or A-B Honor Roll for the first through third nine weeks.

Kindal Smith and Jon Klein received mentorship certificates for their assistance with intermediate and beginner band classes.

Nichols recognized the officers for the 2018-19 school year, which were Band Captain Alexandra Trenkler, Drum Major Paige Henderson, Lt. Jamie Peters, Secretary Joe Anderson, Sgts. Eduardo Pliego and Kaemon Skinner, Librarians Tiara Johnson and Gabrielle Scott, and Reporter Immanuella Montalvo.

Officers for the 2019-2020 school year are: Captain Mackinley Green, Drum Major Montalvo, Lt. Alyssa Straw, Secretary Christian, Sgts. Pliego and Skinner, Librarians Alex Peters and Sydney Green, and Reporter Jascianna Straw.

Andrea Cruz Morales received the Tri-M National Music Honor Society Musicianship Award, Elizabeth Bunch received the scholarship, Shakyra Pollard received the Character Award, Rodney Hunter received the Leadership Award and Daniel Acedilla received the Service Award.

Marching band awards were presented to Chris Roblez, Best Section Leader; Haley Jones, Best New Member; Alexandra Trenkler, Most Outstanding Member; Christian McKeithen, Most Improved; Jamorria Halstead, Best New Auxiliary; Tyanna Williams, Most Improved Auxiliary; Alexis Munoz, Most Outstanding Auxiliary; and the Best Section was awarded to the trumpet section.

Symphonic band awards were presented to Smith, Most Outstanding Brass Musician; Kylie Jones, Most Outstanding Woodwind Musician; Stephen Trenkler, Most Outstanding Percussionist; Donald Christian, Best Attitude; Sydney Green, Most Improved; Austin Horne, Best New Member; and the Best Section was awarded to the clarinet section.

The Tony and Rhonda Whetstone Scholarship was awarded to Peters, and the Melanie Lynn Roberts-Chisolm Pride of the South Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Serena Miller .

Henderson received the Director’s Award, Smith won the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence and Peters received the National Arion Foundation Award.

Receiving the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award was Roblez, and awarded the John Philip Sousa Award was Alexandra Trenkler.

After all awards were presented and all section leaders announced, Nichols announced that the 2019-20 halftime show theme will be The Music of Green Day.

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