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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000673.txt from 2001/05

Subj: Re: [kl] School Board
Date: Sat, 26 May 2001 18:44:41 -0400

At 09:55 AM 05/26/2001 -0700, you wrote:
> <><> Dee Hays wrote:
>Actually the loss of general music classes may perhaps have contributed to
>the viewpoint that a school band's primary purpose is to support the
>sports teams.

Bill Wright responded:
> Yes! This is exactly the point! EXACTLY.

His example:
> At the school board meeting that I've already described, one of the
> 7th-8th grade bands in the district showed up and played outside the
> meeting room door. They played something unusual (Schoenberg? I don't
> know, I didn't recognize it, perhaps it was an arrangement of one of
> Strauss's more strident excerpts, but it was not football marching band music).
> You should have SEEN how eyebrows shot up !! "What kind of music
>is that? Do cheerleaders dance to music like that?"

This is not the general music classes fault Bill - this is the fault of the
people who teach and educate. They should be able to define and
demonstrate accountability for what they teach.

>Well said, Dee, very well said!!

I wish I could agree, but it was not well said. It didn't present an
accurate picture - it only makes those who are actually doing a good job
look bad.

Sadly wishing best wishes,
Roger Garrett

Roger Garrett
Clarinet Professor
Director, Symphonic Winds
Illinois Wesleyan University
School of Music
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
Phone: (309) 556-3268
Fax: (309) 556-3121

"A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes
Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825)

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