Dear Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to say "thank you" to the students of the Desert Vista Thunder Marching Band for giving me the privilege and enjoyment of watching them perform for the last four years. They start the season in July with a week of practice when the temperature is over 100 degrees. This is followed by a week of band camp, which, thankfully, is held in Heber. They also have at least two Saturdays that they are on the field for a total of eight hours each day. They are on the field every Monday evening from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday's brass and woodwinds have sectionals from 3 to 5 p.m., and every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning they have practice from 6 to 8 a.m. They perform at every Friday night football game with very little respect being shown to them by the school, the student body and the fans. I have watched in awe while they practice their routines going over the same things, hearing "check" and "re-set" over and over again. They do this without hesitation and are always trying to improve. This is a group of young adults who, for the most part, manage to maintain high grades in all of their classes in spite of their rigorous practice schedule with a large portion of them being honor students and some even taking college credit classes. This is a group of very dedicated young adults who, for the most part, do not receive the respect and recognition they so richly deserve. I think it is a shame that the press, school and the community do not recognize the value these students provide and show them that they are appreciated. They deserve the space in the newspapers and on the marquee as much as the athletic department does. Perhaps if the community newspapers would write about the positives instead of the negatives about our youth and show them that they are important and a value to the community, we would all reap the benefits. They are a wonderful group of young adults and I, for one, want them to know they have my respect and admiration and that they will "never walk alone" as I will always be singing their praises. Shirley Sullivan

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