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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000717.txt from 1998/04

From: Jacqueline Eastwood <eastwooj@-----.EDU>
Subj: Re: was budget cutbacks
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 1998 18:33:35 -0400

On Tue, 14 Apr 1998, Mark Charette wrote:

> I've volunteered to buy new music for the middle school band, but
> the school board doesn't want me to do that (for various and sundry
> reasons, most leading to the fact that it would make them look bad).
> I'm into my second kid taking band, and I've already heard most of the
> music that they play - I wanted a change. I've got a 3rd kid who'll be
> starting band in a few years - and I'll probably have to listen to
> the same arrangement of Eine Kliene Nachtmusik _again_
That is so absurd I can't believe it! Not even if you made a donation to
a booster organization, with the stipulation that it be used for new music
only? Believe me, I would have really appreciated it when I was in high
school -- we played the same old tired Marching Band arrangements of "Soul
Man" and Barry Manilow tunes like "At the Copacabana" every year (for
concert music, no less!) The only reason I stayed in Band was so I could
be in All-State Orchestra!

You're a good & true Musical Parent, Mark! I hope your kids appreciate

Jacqueline Eastwood
University of Arizona/Arizona Opera Orchestra

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