Event a tes­ta­ment to school dis­trict’s DED­I­CA­TION to fine arts

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION -

To the Ed­i­torW

I con­grat­u­late the Up­per Dublin High School band par­ents, the UD March­ing Band Di­rec­tor Mr. Chris Horn and the UD School Dis­trict for the great march­ing band com­pe­ti­tion that they held last Satur­day night at UDHS. They brought to­gether 12 of this area’s high school march­ing bands for an evening of ed­u­ca­tion and en- ter­tain­ment. Then, fol­low­ing the high school bands, they pre­sented the Tem­ple Univer­sity March­ing Band with more than 225 ex­hil­a­rat­ing mu­si­cians who truly got the crowd to its feet with mu­sic and danc­ing.

I have some ex­pe­ri­ence with march­ing band com­pe­ti­tions and truly know the amount of work that goes into putting a show of this type to­gether. I also know that for a while the UD “Spec­ta­cle in Sound” was on its last legs to in­clude can­cel­ing it one year. Mr. Horn and the UD band par­ents have brought the show back to how it was in the glory days when Dick harschner was the UD di­rec­tor.

I would also add that I spent some time in the stands watch­ing the bands with Dr. Michael mladus, UD su­per­in­ten­dent of schools. He was not only there in sup­port of this event; he spent time with the judges, who were there grad­ing the bands, learn­ing more about the qual­i­ties that are expected of the per­form­ers. This is not al­ways the case of some ad­min­is­tra­tions.

Un­for­tu­nately, that same evening I also sat for a while

with a school board mem­ber of one of the vis­it­ing bands and he was telling me how they were cut­ting the mu­sic staff at their school dis­trict. And as we watched his school’s band, in which his son was a mem­ber, per­form, we could, un­for­tu­nately, see the re­sults of these cuts.

mrior to the com­pe­ti­tion I was given a tour of the new UDHS mu­sic fa­cil­ity by UD Choral Di­rec­tor Mr. Nate Arnold. This out­stand­ing fa­cil­ity is a tes­ti­mony of the GHGLFDWLRn WR WKH finH DUWV WKDW UDHS is giv­ing to its students. I would just ask that the cit­i­zens of Up­per Dublin Town­ship show their sup­port of their UD schools by at­tend­ing the var­i­ous events that are held in our UD School Dis­trict. Ross Brightwell

Maple Glen

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