Concerned About Band Program

(12/28/2004)

Dear Editor,

First, I thought it was terrible to see that the Band Director had resigned. I never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Beall, but admired his work through the students performances.

I wish there was some way we could put a program back together so that students could express their musical talent that may be hidden.

I will be the first person to admit that my behavior in school was somewhat undesirable, then it seems that band and choir made a difference. I learned a lot about practice and how exciting it can be when you succeed at trying something new.

I had great band and choir directors that made us practice in boiling hot summers but loved us as people on or off the field or stage or whatever. You could always count on them, not for just musical things, but for a listening ear as well.

I have read that a child that has participated in a musical program has given themselves a higher IQ and better test scores.

Personally, if the means were available or could be made available, it would be one of my first priorities to get music back into the schools.

Let children channel their energy into something rewarding instead of some undesirable behavior.

Well, Mr. Beall, if you read this, please know that I have enjoyed all the students programs and I apologize for never getting to know you.

I hope Doddridge County realizes what a great asset thay are receiving.

Very Sincerely,

Kathy Taylor