Gladden isn’t silencing band

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There will be band music at Gladden Middle School this year.

Declining participation and problems associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have led to changes in band instruction at Gladden. However, rumors that band will be abandoned are unfounded, according to Principal Amelia Brock.

Only 14 seventh and eighth graders signed up for band. Since seventh and eighth graders are not being mixed in class this year, the decision

was made to switch from a single advanced band class to a music appreciation-introduction to band class which will be offered to all students.

In addition, band instructor Greg Burns will offer band instruction from  from 7-7:45 am.

Band members will also be able to practice on Wednesdays from 3:15 -4:30 p.m.

“We ARE having band at Gladden,” Brock told the school board last Thursday. “

“Students will be able to learn to read music and to use instruments,” said Brock. “We are going to try to grow interest and support the band’s development”

Board member Kelli Reed was pleased with Brock’s response.

“It sounds like they are getting more band,” Reed said.

Loughridge was also pleased with the plan.

“You have done yeoman’s work to be able to do this,” said Loughridge.

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