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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001010.txt from 2002/06

From: Richard Bush <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Music vs. drug testing
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 20:23:27 -0400

My experience with most choirs would suggest they need all
kinds of drugs....drugs that speed up their response time,
drugs that enhance their sense of pitch and drugs that keep
them quiet during rehearsals when musical things, of which
they don't seem to have a clue about, are resolved.

For all the above reasons, I'm against selective drug testing
of choirs. If this becomes common place, the average
production of the Messiah will sink to new, lower lows.

William Wright wrote:

> If the list asks me to do so, I'll shut up about this.
> But the court system (a state Supreme Court? Federal? I'm not sure) has
> ruled that it's OK to do random testing of choir students while the
> entire student body of the same school is not tested.
> This is broader than just music, of course, because (I believe) the
> ruling applies to any school activity, not just to music. I can
> understand athletics, where the relationship between dugs and injury is
> obvious. ....and I'm *NOT* discussing the concept of random testing of
> an entire school district, nor of random locker searches. It's the
> thought of selecting a particular group such as music students, perhaps
> because it's easier to take on a small group than it is to take on an
> entire student population, or perhaps because it costs less money to do
> only the choir....
> probably this topic doesn't belong here.... sorry. But I'm pissed.
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