Clinton Central school board will re-examine marching band status

MICHIGANTOWN, Ind. (WLFI) – Clinton Central school board members said Monday they will re-examine the status of the high school marching band.

There weren’t enough seats for everyone who showed at Monday night’s board meeting.

As News 18 has already reported, band members found out within the last few weeks that their competitive marching band program was ending.

School Board President John Crum clarified Monday that the marching band would continue to play at athletic events and in parades.

Superintendent Jeff Studebaker said eight students who would otherwise be in the high school band program did not join because they would be forced to join the competitive marching band.

“To compete in the competition is part of their grade. We’ve lost a lot of those kids that have wanted to be in band, but they didn’t want to be in the competition part of band,” said Crum.

“We want to be able to provide a quality program for our kids. This is a difficult decision. It’s not been taken lightly,” said Studebaker.

But band members including Dallas Snell said that if the marching band isn’t competitive, it doesn’t mean as much.

“Even if I don’t get to march my senior year, I would love to see even the year after that — when we have experienced marchers that they can teach the kids who didn’t get to march this year. I hope the best for the program in the future,” said Snell.

Studebaker said the topic is something that has been discussed for months.

Crum said he plans to hold a public work session soon, perhaps as early as next week, to look at the issue again.

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