Archive for Monday, March 24, 2008

Love resigns as DHS band director

March 24, 2008

De Soto High School band director Justin Love announced today that this would be his last school year teaching at De Soto High.

Love sent e-mail to parents, students, alumni and friends informing them of his decision to accept a position with the Olathe school district.

"Together, we have achieved many great accomplishments and enjoyed numerous special experiences through the past eight years," Love wrote in his e-mail. "I have greatly enjoyed working with the students, parents and patrons of De Soto High School, and I will miss all of you dearly."

Love also said in the e-mail that he would work closely with district officials to find "a high quality musician and teacher that will continue and expand upon the successes of our students and the Wildcat Band Program."

The decision was difficult, Love said.

"The time has come, however, for me to pursue some new personal and professional challenges and opportunities," he said.

When Love first became director eight years ago, there were 38 students in the band. As of summer 2007 there were 107 students in the band counting flag team members. Love said that was close to 20 percent of the school.

"The tremendous growth and musical success that the DHS Wildcat Bands have experienced is due to the outstanding effort and dedication of our students," Love said in his e-mail. "While we may not continue down the same path together, the future of the Wildcat Bands will be a great one."

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