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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000010.txt from 2003/10

From: "Musician" <>
Subj: [kl] Stupid Marching Band Show of the Century
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2003 09:46:29 -0400

The band director should be FIRED. That was criminally stupid.

David Blumberg (sorry for the non clarinet posting)

DALLAS, Texas (Reuters) -- The Paris, Texas, school district
apologized Tuesday for a performance by one of its marching bands
which played an Adolf Hitler anthem and waved a Nazi flag during a
football halftime show.
Band director Charles Grissom said the song and flag were part of a
musical performance called "Visions of World War Two". It was
performed at a Dallas high school Friday, which was also Rosh Hashana,
the start of the Jewish new year and one of the holiest days on the
Jewish calendar.
"The performance is an attempt to factually portray the history of
World War Two, triumph of good over evil, and to honor our veterans
for their sacrifices in ensuring freedom throughout the world,"
Grissom said in a statement. He added later that he made a major
mistake in judgment.
The performance was greeted by heavy boos at the Hillcrest High School
in Dallas, and several objects were hurled at the band.
The show included the flags of other nations fighting in World War
Two, such as France, Britain, the United States and Japan. The flags
were waved twice as a musical selection from each country was played.
The Paris school district issued an apology to Hillcrest High and to
the Dallas school district, said Paul Trull, the superintendent of
Paris schools.
"We regret there was a misunderstanding. We strive to be sensitive to
the feelings of others and are always willing to amend our actions
when we fall short," Trull said.
The band will still perform the musical composition but it will only
have the United States flag on display, he said.
Paris, Texas is located about 100 miles (160 km) northeast of Dallas.

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