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Black Hawk Band Booster President Receives Volunteer of the Year Award

Travis Smith with Kristina Reese, Amy Kaylor and Dr. Dawn Foley

Black Hawk Band Boosters President Travis Smith was recently highlighted at the 2021 Gilbert Community Excellence Awards for his work and impact as a volunteer within the Higley Unified School District.

Mr. Smith has been the Black Hawk Band Boosters President at Williams Field High School (WFHS) for four years. The band boosters is an organization that provides students at WFHS, Cooley Middle School, and the elementary schools that feed into them the opportunity for music education and visual art experiences that meet the highest standards of education and performance. Volunteers pledge to advocate for music in schools and their community, promote fellowship and goodwill within all areas of the school, and encourage students to be ambassadors in their community. Their goal is to enrich the band program so students can pursue their passion for music and visual arts.

Mr. Smith has been recognized by WFHS leadership for his hard work and positive energy. His support for students and staff is immeasurable. He is dedicated, focused and full of innovative ideas that help provide students with every opportunity to succeed. He seeks to see the big picture and plans strategically for the future. He actively seeks out issues and helps find ways to address them.

Being a volunteer is a demanding task, especially last year with the challenges that COVID presented. Last year, Mr. Smith was an integral part of the development, coordination, and implementation of the COVID-19 procedures for the band program, which allowed students to continue to practice in a safe environment.

Over the years as Band Booster President, Mr. Smith has done extensive research into best practices from the top booster organizations in the country, and even started a band booster networking organization in Arizona.

Leadership at WFHS and Higley Unified School District are grateful for Mr. Smith’s passion, energy and time that he devotes to students and the Black Hawk program.