The Athens Drive Arts Foundation is a quality organization that does significant work to support the arts at Athens Drive High School. With the school district not paying for instruments, uniforms, travel, or even more than one teacher for 180 students, the arts foundation is crucial for the development of a high quality music program at Athens. My 3 children have benefitted immensely from the band program and have grown tremendously in their musical education and leadership skills.
I call myself the client served when really it is my child who is the client served but wht better way for me to be served but to have my child nurtured into a life of superior instruction, nurturance and teamwork. This band not only performs welkl together they have introduced my child to a young adluthood of responsibility, consideration, inspiration and commitment that will serve her all of her life. Not only have the experience band members encouraged my child but they have made an environment that intrigues me as a parent to HAVE to get involved and continue the tradition of strong character and community of giving back that keeps the world. Having more money to help support the hard work that is contributed by the members after their own long hard day would be the best way to support the foundation that keeps this heatbeat alive.
School budgets make it difficult or nearly impossible to keep arts programs, but the Athens Drive Arts Foundation ensures that the students at Athens Drive High School do not miss out on these opportunities. Dr. Markoch's enthusiasm is infectious, and the natural leadership development provides much more than music lessons. My child has gained many life skills, and the high achievements of his peers motivates him to push himself to greater heights. This program would not be possible without the help of the Athens Drive Arts Foundation.
Since it's very beginning, the Athens Drive Arts Foundation has been instrumental in assisting students of the arts to have a more complete and meaningful educational experience. Well deserving students have benefited from instruction and supplies that they would not have had access to without the support of ADAF. ADAF makes a significant contribution to the enrichment of the lives of all the students and families who receive their assistance. My children have experienced first hand how important ADAF is to their arts education - they have been able to learn from excellent instructors, have access to music and instruments, and compete and travel on a national level - none of which would have been possible without the support of ADAF.
The Athens Drive Arts Foundation has been instrumental in helping the Athens Drive High School Band Program acquire the necessary funds to make numerous dreams and aspirations of many young musicians become a reality. Through grants received from ADAF these musicians have traveled to Indianapolis twice in two years to perform among the best of the best! These trips were truly one-of-a-kind experiences which seldom occur in most peoples lifetime.
The Athens Drive Arts Foundation helps support the Arts at our high school, and especially the Band program. The Band program at Athens, directed by Dr. Jerry Markoch, is a fabulous program. The students who participate in the Band program are not just taught music, they learn life skills which will help them succeed in life. They learn to be part of a community, they learn to be leaders, and they are inspired to always do and be their best. All of the students benefit from this positive atmosphere, and they realize that together they are able to achieve something beautiful, which they could never have been able to do alone.
I am a member of the Athens Drive Band Boosters Board of Directors and have first-hand knowledge of the impact that Athens Drive Arts Foundation has had on our program and the 144 students we served this year. In particular, we have several students this year who were not able to afford to be in the band and did not have an instrument to play. Because of the donations made to the Band Boosters by the Arts Foundation, five students have been given the opportunity to be a part of a program that has changed their futures and renewed their confidence. Success in the band has given these students a sense of accomplishment and renewed self-esteem. Our program and the valuable participation by the Arts Foundation have made a dramatic impact in the futures of these individuals.
Very high quality musical education program. Runs with very little support from the public school system but is successful due to the participation of highly motivated students and their families. An inspiration to all as to what can be accomplished at the high school musical performance level. The program's core revolves not only around musical excellence but also teaches the values of self discipline, respect, and responsibility.
Having had two sons that participated in band at Athens Drive High School and also being a parent volunteer, I saw firsthand the immensely positive impact of the Athens Drive Arts Foundation in supporting students participating in the band program. Examples of the foundation financial support are many such as the purchase of music and instruments, bringing in clinicians who were experts in the various instruments for additional instruction, and funds for travel allowing the students to represent their school in performances both in and outside the state. The commitment of the foundation in providing funding for valuable educational opportunities and the continued growth of the band program contributed toward an extraordinary high school experience. The band program at Athens Drive HS is recognized for excellence and for the engagement and excitement of the students in participating in the various ensembles. I am tremendously thankful for the involvement of each of my sons for their entire four years of high school in the exemplary band program at Athens Drive HS.
The Athens Drive Arts Foundation is an outstanding organization that is the driving force behind a phenomenal youth music program. Without the support of the Foundation, grants for students for instruction, music, equipment and travel would simply not be possible. The Foundation allows students who would otherwise not be able to afford to participate in the opportunity to excel.
The Athens Drive Band is not just a group of 135 enthusiastic, talented students performing at football games, community events, and competitions. Rather, it functions as an extended family for students and their families. My son wakes up every day enthusiastic about school because his experience as a band member has been so positive--on so many levels.
My son is a type one diabetic, and his health requires careful monitoring. Under the watchful eye of Band Director Jerry Markoch and the parents who volunteer to chaperone the many practices, community events, and competitions, we are completely confident that he is in good hands at all times.
My son has flourished musically, and we have seen him grow as a person as a result of joining this wonderful music program. Every interested student should have the opportunity to enjoy the incredible musical training as well as the team spirit and camaraderie that defines the Athens Drive High School Band.