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Talk about a powerful program this piece doesn't even talk about the MIS band that went to Chicago to play at a National conference with Music Commissioned just for them. This group was the first sixth grade group every taken to play at this event, and had everyone in the crowd on their feet in the end. The MIS and MMS band Just played grade IV music, High School Level by the way and scored straight one's in doing this. The High school band at Maryville has already been altered by having every other day band, you should see a marching practice. You might have three in one class, ten in another so those kids don't get to go compete anymore. It's funny with the eighth and ninth graders going to be on one campus that means those ninth graders couldn't play varsity Sports, but Maryville Quickly called the TSSAA and fixed that issue. The Band kids received seven scholarships to maybe one football scholarship? So why are we making the band program go from elite to garbage? The MIS and MMS programs are better than MOST High School programs in the area.
Nobody has even mentioned that the 6th grad MIS band played at a national Music conference in Chicago with pieces of music commissioned just for them. The group was also the first in the country at that grade level to ever be chosen. No other middle school till then had played for the nation at this conference. The MIS and MMS also play grade 4 music,(High School Level) only six grades of music and pulling off straight ones at Music festivals year in and out. Yet the school decides to make 8-9 at the middle school and went ahead to the TSSAA and fixed a rule saying those kids can play Varsity Sports. The school already messed the High School band up having every other day band, you should see a marching practice or even instrumentation on that! That's like having a guard, running back and Defensive Back at practice and that's it. You just can't get better. I watched the Alcoa Program go from 100 members to 3 members and now Alcoa is trying to build the program back. Maryville, your program is already on top, why try to ruin this? If my numbers are correct you have 370 in 5th and 6th grade band, what other school system can compete with those numbers? i guess Maryville is becoming ALL about Math, Science and Football, but mark my words seven band members get paid college to maybe, MAYBE one football player a year........thanks for the rant
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