Brad Schneider, one of the MHS band directors, has retired after 38 years of teaching, 29 of which were spent in our District.
As the time for his retirement approached, Schneider made it clear that the end of the year was “all about the kids,” and NOT about his retirement. However, Ashley said many band parents and students also wanted to find a way to honor him, too.
In keeping with his theme of “it’s all about the kids,” the MHS Band and Orchestra Parent Association (BOPA) has established a fund that will serve as a legacy for Schneider and will be used for the purposes of providing students with music opportunities into the future through the award of band scholarships.
MCPASD band parents have been extremely fortunate that their students could learn under Brad’s experience and leadership and benefit from his passion for music, said Annette Ashley, who also serves on the Board of Education.
“We will forever be grateful to Mr. Schneider for his dedication in giving over 2,000 students the best musical opportunities possible,” she said.
Many of Schneider’s students have participated in the “super secret” band, accompanying the MCPASD Education Foundation on its bi-annual bus tour to award inspiration grants. Foundation board chair Courtney Ward-Reichard said “we are so grateful to Brad for embracing the idea of the super secret band; having these talented students play in classrooms throughout our district adds tremendous excitement to the grant announcements, and has surely inspired many students to keep pursuing music.”
Donations to the scholarship fund are tax-deductible, and may be made through the Paypal link below.
You can also send checks to Perry Hibner, Education Foundation Executive Director, 7106 South Ave., Middleton, WI 53562. The check should be made out to the MCPASD Education Foundation, but please note that the check is for the Schneider Band Scholarship Fund in the memo line.