Clinton Central marching band to be cut?

CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Dallas Snell is a member of Clinton Central’s marching band. He’s a trombone player with who he calls not only his fellow band members, but his best friends.

“If there’s anything wrong, I can always count on them. They can always rely on me, and we can always rely on each other,” said Snell.

Relying on one another is something they’re doing now, as the marching band is in jeopardy of being cut.

Snell said the band was informed about the possible cut during the last week of school. He said staff told the band it was due to a lack of interest, something the 30 members don’t understand.

“Some schools, you know, they only have like 12 marchers and they go to semi-state and they do just fine,” said Snell. “So, I don’t see why our numbers have to do with anything.”

Snell said administrators still plan to keep band as a class option, but he said marching is what keeps the school spirit alive.

“We play for the football games. We play for the basketball games. And all the coaches say, when the band’s not there, it’s different. Nobody’s excited. Nobody’s pumped,” said Snell.

Snell would know, being a member of the Bulldog football team himself.

“When we run out onto the field and they play the school song. We have a tunnel that they make. It’s so you can feel the adrenaline pumping into you,” said Snell. “It’s just awesome.”

For those reasons and more, Snell said band members are going to continue to fight for their right to march.

He said they plan on attending the next school board meeting on Monday, June 9 to address administrators. He hopes community member will come out and support them.

“That would mean the world to our band,” said Snell. “We’re trying as hard as we can, but we need all the help we can get.”

News 18 reached out to Clinton Central school administrators several times Tuesday, but our requests for an interview were never answered.

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