Parent Testimonials

Andy Tsui


TBC has had such a big impact on my son Alvin. When I first heard about TBC, I was struck by its structure and professionalism. Soon after, I encouraged Alvin to supplement his musical experience by joining their new Cadet program. Through reluctant at first, he did join the program and since then, it's safe to say that he's never looked back.

I've seen firsthand how TBC has benefited Alvin. He's learnt so much, both musically and in terms of life experience. After becoming an officer on the Officer board, I've seen how much his professional work ethic has changed for the better. Through his time as an officer, I've seen him gain more confidence in a professional environment. He has also drastically elevated his leadership abilities. Through the parades and various events hosted by TBC, Alvin has expanded his social circle to include people from all around the Bay Area. And it doesn't hurt that the group works hard together to put together a show for the community. All of this personal growth might not have happened as quickly had it not been for TBC and the opportunities, leadership or otherwise, that it presents to members, members like my son Alvin.

Looking back on his experiences in TBC, I'm sure that he would agree with me when I say that TBC has done so much for him. It has helped him in ways few organizations can, and ultimately, I'm glad I encouraged him to join TBC that summer.

Lan Gao


[My daughter] Miranda had an enormous array of outside curricular activities but I think TBC was one of the most enjoyable ones she joined. Even though she has been part of the music community since a child, she hadn't begun to enjoy music until she joined TBC. Everything she has participated in so far were strict in place as in playing classics and other technical pieces. To her, music was just simple. Yet after joining TBC, I would hear her talk about all the different things the band would play. TBC has brought life to the music she used to find so bland and made her enjoy viola more as well.

The hours she has spent over the summers for TBC has not gone to waste. I remember going to their 4th of July parade and watching as the girl spun her flag so happily along with another troupe of girls. She made many friends within the organization and met people from all around the city, an experience that she would have otherwise not made.

After she joined their officer board, I think Miranda became a more responsible and reliable student. She began to become more aware of the comings and goings of her own events and much more organized compared to what she used to be like. TBC even inspired her to start her own nonprofit as a high schooler.

I am thankful that she joined TBC because it has changed her so much for the good.

Mrs. Gupta

My daughter, Isha Gupta, has had a wonderful time working as a finance officer for the Band Corps. Over the years, she has gained a surplus of knowledge and enjoyment from partaking in TBC’s various events and activities. TBC has given her the opportunity to be a part of a tight-knit community and contribute to projects that pertain to her career interests. She is always working on one event or the other, and I am very proud of the maturity and effort she displays through collaborating with those around her to create successful events. I have also noticed that her ability to think on the spot and lead groups has tremendously increased since her joining of the group. These are all skills that I am sure will be applied in her future and I am very glad that she has been able to develop them now instead of trying to figure them out later.

After leaving the marching band at her school, Isha still wanted to practice her musical abilities in one way or the other. TBC’s parades allowed her to still apply the skills she had learned in the school band and have fun while doing so. She is always so excited to go to each parade and comes back feeling weary but contented. I am always happy to take her to each rehearsal and watch her have fun while playing with others. I believe that music creates an unbreakable bond between people and I am glad that she has been able to share this experience with those around her.

I am very thankful to TBC for providing my daughter with the opportunity to collaborate and bond with like-minded people and for arming her with the necessary skills for her future job and life. I know that Isha genuinely feels the same way, and I would encourage anyone else to take part in this experience.

Mr. Gupta

When my daughter decided to apply to be an officer at Tri-City Band Corps, I was unsure about the time commitment and its value as an extracurricular activity. After two years, I can confirm that my doubts are gone and are instead replaced with admire for the group and its accomplishments. My daughter has learned a large amount since she joined TBC, and I can see the change that it brought in her daily life. In the past, she has struggled with time management skills, something that I tried to emphasize the importance of. After her time with TBC, I have seen a noticeable change in her time management and an improvement in her work ethic and ability to focus on her schoolwork, which I largely attribute to her maturing as an adult as well as her time at TBC.

I have also enjoyed her contribution to the TBC marching band. After she dropped her school band, I was worried she would let go of all the effort she put into developing her musical capabilities. However, TBC provided her with alternative occasions to put her flute abilities to use. Since then, she has been able to win numerous awards with the group and has thoroughly enjoyed her time in doing so.

To recap, my daughter has had a great experience as being an officer for TBC and I am glad that she took the initiative to apply and work hard for her spot. She and I are both grateful for the skills and lessons that she has picked up during her time as a member of TBC. I am proud of the fact that my daughter is an officer in the group and I encourage you to consider it as well.

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