Ladue Band Buddy Program
The Band Buddy Program is the brainchild of Mrs. Betsy Cytron, Director of the Fifth and Junior High Bands. The program pairs incoming fifth grade band members with older, more experienced Middle School and High School students. Buddy teachers like Maya Mutic, a sophomore at Ladue High School, mentor fifth graders like Sophia Liu and work to improve the Buddy Student's playing abilities. In the past the Ladue Band Buddy Program has been exclusive to wind and brass instruments, however the implementation of the Fifth Grade Center, a Fifth Grade Percussion Ensemble was formed, expanding the Buddy Program to percussion. Currently over 70 students have signed up to be Buddy Teachers, however only half of the Fifth Grade Band has signed up, in the future Director Mrs. Cytron hopes to see 100 percent involvement from fifth graders.