Fond Memories of Ennis Visit

Hi to ALL in Ennis,

I thought you might like to see how the word of our trip is still spreading here in Arizona!

We had a very fun and successful trip to a local news station on May 9th. They broadcast us playing the tin whistles and our fight song as well as talking to me briefly about the trip. They showed Eddie Corry’s slide presentation on our visit to Ennis as we played! It was a proud moment for the band students, and their director!

It was a fantastic year because of the trip to Ennis. It will stand as the highlight of my band teaching career. Thank you all for having the vision to invite a marching band and for your acceptance of Phoenix Sister City’s decision to choose St. Mary’s Band, for the masterful planning and coordination with St Mary’s High School and the Phoenix committee prior to the trip, for the Ennis Phoenix Twinning Board’s and the town of Ennis’ absolutely amazing hospitality during our visit and for the continued friendships and support we have received in the 2 months since the trip. It is rare to experience the synergy that we all were blessed to find in Ennis March 14-20. A true gift born from great dedication and passion on the part of so many people.

I wish you all could join us on May 31st for a party Mark and I are hosting at our home for the key Sister Cities people in Phoenix and our St. Mary’s band chaperones/band alumni. I am so looking forward to gathering with these wonderful people simply to say thank you and to share our stories of our life changing trip to Ennis. You will all be with us in our hearts.