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I would never describe myself as a prideful person but this Saturday changed my perspective of myself.

I attended the MICA festival in Lexington as a parent of a Nissitisit Middle School Band member.

The performance started at 9:30. Because I arrived at 9, I was able to listen to the Wellesley High School Band. I noticed that half of the audience, 50 to 70 people, were from Pepperell.

When it was Nissitisit’s time to perform, the audience swelled to 150. The performance was excellent but I am a parent so what do I know?

Afterwards, the students and parents attended a music clinic. The instructor/adjudicator noted that he had never seen so many parents. At that time, I realized how proud I was to be from Pepperell. When Pepperell’s Nissitisit Middle School Band was awarded a gold medal, my pride in being from Pepperell only increased.

We from Pepperell should be very thankful for the hard work from Mr. Tellier, the band leader, PPPM (Pepperell Parents Pro Musica) and every parent of each band member. Pride should translate into support. Support could consist of volunteering of time or financial support. Financial support may be directed to the PPPM or to the school. Many companies such Raytheon will match employees contributions to schools. I am glad that I moved to Pepperell 18 years ago.

Thanks,

DIANE MURPHY

Pepperell