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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000629.txt from 1998/04

From: Martin Pergler <>
Subj: Re: budget cutbacks
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 1998 14:17:39 -0400

On Mon, 13 Apr 1998, Jason Hsien wrote:
> |>My younger son plays trumpet and baritone horn in his high school marching
> |>and concert bands. And every year the same damned thing happens: Oh We
> |>Can't Afford This, Boo-Hoo, cries the School Board. And every year, after
> |>the band parents raise holy Hell, the same thing happens: the band budget
> |>gets salvaged because Wayne Valley High School can't lose face by fielding
> |>a football team without a marching band.
> |
> |This happens at my high school too. Every year the school board cuts back
> the
> |music departments budgets soo much, and only adds to the sport department.

All I can say is that I'm glad I went to high school where I did (Ottawa,
Canada). We had no football team, and the purchase of a new
basketball scoreboard for the gym was postponed for two years so our
concert band could go on an exchange to Finland. We had 2 orchestras
and no marching band....

[Not meaning to gloat, just to point out that things aren't
necessarily just as bad all across North America.]

Martin Pergler
Grad student, Mathematics
Univ. of Chicago

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