To the editor:
In regard to every local newspaper I have read, I have noticed that the music department at Moffat County High School is overlooked.
Sports very often will have a line on the front page of the paper. Furthermore, the sports section is almost always two pages just about MCHS teams.
Around the city, there are posters wishing a team good luck at whatever game is coming up. From this, I see that Craig is sports-oriented.
Not that this is a bad thing.
Team morale goes up when they know people support them. But, with the lack of publicity of music, we lose kids because they think it's nerdy and not as important as sports.
One student from our chorale department, Daniel McClellan, was accepted to all-state choir. From the band, five people auditioned and were accepted to all-state band. The choir and band participants are selected from hundreds of kids throughout Colorado who audition.
This is a great accomplishment.
For example, Sarah Bolton, a senior at MCHS, has gone to all-state band all three years that she was eligible. Also, she was one of two clarinetists from all of Colorado chosen for all-state orchestra, which is even more elite than all-state band.
She has also been in the fall musical orchestra for all four years of her high school career. She has been accepted to UNC to study with one of the best clarinet professors in the country.
On the other hand, there are senior athletes who get full page write-ups on their accomplishments and future plans.
However, what about Sarah? Are her accomplishments less?
The football team gets new uniforms every year. The marching band? No new uniforms for a minimum of 20 years. The ones that we have are stained, smell bad, and don't fit well. Also, many of the instruments used by band members belong to the school.
With the small budget allotted to the department, it is hard to get the instruments repaired.
Consequently, many instruments don't sound good and many kids quit because they never sound good. It seems to me that Craig thinks that more kids will make it to college with a sports scholarship than a music scholarship.
That is not the case.
In the music department, there are several people who do both sports and music.
In my opinion, kids who take a music class do better in school. It is a proven fact that people who take a music class do better in math.
I am not against the sports programs at MCHS and I recognize the positive benefits of being involved in them.
In conclusion, I'm not saying that sports should be diminished, but that the music department deserves more community support and recognition than what we're receiving now.
Junior in the MCHS Band