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As long as the arts are thought of as something extra that is nice to add, we will have to fight for funding. My daughter said more than once that what she learned in band helped her get through her tough classes. She learned leadership, time management, discipline, and she learned that she does not live in a world of one. She has been a part of a winning program, and yes, it's fun to win. But it's even more fun to be a part of an effort that creates something that goes beyond human understanding. Our high school is looking for its third band director in as many years, because the job is too big for one person to do well. Until the football program, which serves a fraction of the numer of students served by the music programs, cuts all of its coaches except one, I will not be convinced that the arts are valued as much as sports in our district.
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