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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000766.txt from 1998/04

From: "Scott Morrow" <>
Subj: Re: music survival
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 1998 12:51:26 -0400

Perhaps the "hardball" music programs have to play is pulling the band off
the field with the excuse that they don't have enough money to field the
band! I don't want to start Marching Band World War III (I am NOT a fan!),
but from what I've read in MBWWI and MBWWII, marching bands seem to be what
the jock community notices from the music program (and the lack of a
marching band is the aspect that is most likely to cause outcry!).

Put the departments money towards music FIRST! Then, if the board wants the
sports-related stuff, let them fork over the funds!


Scott D. Morrow
DNA Synthesis Core Facility
Department of Biochemistry
The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health
Baltimore, MD 21205
(410) 955-3631
-----Original Message-----
Date: Tuesday, April 14, 1998 12:37 AM
Subject: RE: music survival

>I would agree that this might be the time to pull the band in
>question off the football field. I'm not as hasty to say this
>because of the PR value of the marching band. Colleges don't need
>buckets and buckets of PR to keep the program afloat...but many
>high schools do. You take out the marching band and pep band and
>many people in the community are never going to see the program or
>even realize it is there.........unfortunate yes but that is reality.
>Then the support drops off and there is no leverage to go against
>school boards with. Marching band can also provide a FUN musical
>experience for some students and it would be taking this away
>from thoes students that love a great marching band show. There
>are times you have to play hard ball with administration but the
>community has got to be on your side before doing that or the
>school board will cut you fast.
>Sean Talbot

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