To the Marching Pioneers staff, members & community,
My name is Colin McWilliams, and for those of you who don’t know, I am the sole individual who has developed, maintained and updated this website since it was created and released in July 2017. Furthermore, the 2019-2020 season was my last season being a Marching Pioneer as I am a part of the 2020 graduating class. I wanted to take a few moments to express my gratitude and thanks to the individuals who deal with the administrative part of this program, my fellow peers who I have spent my past 4 summers and falls with, and the entire Marching Pioneer community.
To the Marching Pioneers administrative staff, thank you for all the hard work, countless hours of blood, sweat and tears each of you have poured into this program to better each and every single one of us as better musicians and individuals. This program would not be where it is today without the love and passion you have. I have truly enjoyed my 4 years of being a Marching Pioneer and that would have not been possible with the work put in by the administrative staff and the wonderful group of parent volunteers who take time out of their lives to be with this program and helps to ensure smooth operations.
To the Marching Pioneers community, thank you for your constant support at football games, parades and festivals. It is always refreshing and motivating to see orange and blue in the stands cheering on for this program. I hope that we have been able to provide some joy and happiness into your life, whether it was down a parade route, or during the entirety of a football Friday night. Your support is always welcomed and appreciated, thank you.
To my friends and fellow peers that will be remaining for the seasons to come, I have enjoyed every moment we have spent together. From rehearsals, to football Friday nights, to festivals on the weekends, the moments we all spent together is an experience like no other and I am beyond grateful because of that. Whether you’re a freshmen or a rising senior, each and every single one of you are an amazing, talented, young individual and I know, without a doubt, that this program's talent will only continue to grow and that all of you will be just fine in the coming seasons. Continue to be the amazing, talented, young individuals you are.
Finally, to my fellow seniors, the class of 2020, we did it. We finally did it. For me, I remember way back to middle and even elementary school when I saw the “20” that’s a part of our MyOLSD email and thinking, “Wow, I can’t wait for 2020, thats our year, thats the year I’m done with highschool” and I couldn’t wait for that time. Well, now it's here and I don’t think a single person could’ve ever told you that our graduating year would be how it currently is. Although it sucks, we missed senior prom, senior breakfast, senior awards, senior picnic and most importantly being able to walk across that stage we’ve seen in the years past to receive our diploma, we are stronger because of this time. No other class will ever be like the graduating class of 2020, we are unique, we have adapted and overcame so many challenges in such a short period of time. That’s important to remember, as the world is not ready for the fire, fierce determination, and effort the class of 2020 brings. We had a great run in the fall, we got to experience our final year, as a senior in the Marching Pioneers band and now it's time to show the world the class of 2020.
The friendships I've been able to form and memories I've made will undoubtably stay with me for a life. This program is very special and unique which is why I am beyond thankful for the opportunity to be apart of it. Thank you.
Thank you for an amazing 4 years,