Band-Aid solution - Hawaii Features

At Waianae High School the band is missing. It is absent from football games and elective class lists and hasn't been in a big parade in the past two decades. Full Story
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Robert

Meylan, France

#1 Sep 22, 2009
That's too bad that Waianae High cut it's band program. Maybe students who are interested in a band program can transfer to another school with a band program until Waianae High school reinstates a band program. This reminds me of that movie where the community gets together to help the school keep it's music program...what's the name of it? BTW, I was a band geek at Leilehua and am now a professional flutist in Europe!

“Nothing Good Can Come of This!”

Since: Oct 08

Denver, CO

#2 Sep 22, 2009
Way to go kids, and especially the teacher. In a time when every word you read about teachers and education is negative, it is great to see this man giving of his time and expertize for free!!! Music has been shown to improve math and science skills and provides an outlet. Something for kids to do besides loafing and getting into trouble. Post a place to donate and I will send you some cash to keep going!!
Robert

Meylan, France

#3 Sep 22, 2009
As Keoni K said, post where one can donate! I can donate a flute and a piccolo and maybe a clarinet!
lee smith

Makawao, HI

#4 Sep 22, 2009
What a sad day in America when good kids can`t have a school band. Did you ever notice that kids that are in band , usually perform better in school ? I don`t understand how we can spend 7 billion dollars on a train, but certain children are denied a school band. Seems like our priorities are twisted.
Reality

Keaau, HI

#5 Sep 22, 2009
Gee they still have a football program. It's sad the sports will always outweigh the arts. Congratulations to these kids and teacher. Music can stay with someone a whole lot longer than a high schol sports career!
anon

Honolulu, HI

#7 Sep 22, 2009
What a heartwarming news story -- this band teacher should get special commendations for his work in forming this band without receiving any additional compensation. He's putting in a lot of extra hours for practicing and performances. And these kids are special. Despite all the obstacles, they're working so hard and succeeding. Wish there were articles like this every day!
Kumu Mahiehie Arana

Honolulu, HI

#8 Sep 22, 2009
I am so proud of these kids. Seeing them work so hard to be part of this Aloha Festival Floral Parade after 20 years of not participating, is a big deal. Everyone in the community has pulled together to support this group of kids that need nuturing, guidance, and something to get excited about and look forward to.

I'm looking forward to many years of seeing this band develop....and I hope that Wai'anae High School will get their music program back. It is very important.
CMK

Honolulu, HI

#9 Sep 22, 2009
You go, Waianae, hope to see you at the band competition. Come out blowing.

Gotta have band-music-chorus, activities that use both sides of the brain. Reading, Math, Sports and Music. That's all the essentials you need out of high school. Once you got that you can learn everything else. Why can't DOE they get that right? Use a dictionary, do research, find the variable, stay healthy, use both sides of the brain, education is not rocket science but it is a political shell game.
Waianae 1994

Honolulu, HI

#10 Sep 22, 2009
I was part of the WHS band for four years. It is utterly sad that the band program was phased out TWICE since I graduated. The administration needs to support the arts. I bet none of the sports were cut, because sports are so visible.

Music can be appreciated bot aesthetically and academically. Students need this. As a previous poster mentioned, students in band ARE better performers in school. At my current school, almost all of the valedictorian candidates are in the band program. Restart the program, Waianae principal!

And BTW Waianae marched the Aloha Week Parade several times in the early 90's.
Mike

United States

#12 Sep 22, 2009
It's about times time we all pay for non essential services on our own terms. We should not burden the taxpayers with these cost.
DOE at it again

Honolulu, HI

#13 Sep 22, 2009
DOE cutting the band program at Waianae high school is unexcusable. When the DOE has over 13,000 educational specialists in the central office, they again pick on the helpless small guys and this time it is the band. Money is being wasted by the BUREAUCRATIC DOE to pay the salaries of these fat cats that have led our school system to the 49th position in the nation. The discrepancy spending of the DOE has been going on for two decades now, and it is natural for any government agency to go broke if they waste the tax dollars. The $2.4 billion educational budget is not distributed fairly when you consider only 36% of the budget goes to operate the schools. Cutting from this low funded area is ridiculous. The DOE picks on Waianae because not many parents in this area will stand up and be vocal about this injustice. The BOE is still not looking to streamline the BUREAUCRATIC DOE and, so, many other small but effective educational programs will be cut.
DOE at it again

Honolulu, HI

#14 Sep 22, 2009
DOE cutting the band program at Waianae high school is unexcusable. When the DOE has over 13,000 educational specialists in the central office, they again pick on the helpless small guys and this time it is the band. Money is being wasted by the BUREAUCRATIC DOE to pay the salaries of these fat cats that have led our school system to the 49th position in the nation. The discrepancy spending of the DOE has been going on for two decades now, and it is natural for any government agency to go broke if they waste the tax dollars. The $2.4 billion educational budget is not distributed fairly when you consider only 36% of the budget goes to operate the schools. Cutting from this low funded area is ridiculous. The DOE picks on Waianae because not many parents in this area will stand up and be vocal about this injustice. The BOE is still not looking to streamline the BUREAUCRATIC DOE and, so, many other small but effective educational programs will be cut. What next DOE? Cutting the band program at Waianae is so miniscule in terms of dollars but devastating to the young lives who are deprived of developing through the appreciation of music.

Since: Sep 08

Honolulu

#15 Sep 22, 2009
What is also sad is some of the other schools that do have band as an aftershool elective (credit course) have to delay band practice until after the football team(non-credit sport) is done practicing. Why is a credit course put behind a sport. Why not alternate the times instead of having only the band meet after the football team for the use of the field. BTW, aren't most football games at night anyway?
WIS Mom

Honolulu, HI

#16 Sep 22, 2009
My child goes to Wai'anae Intermediate School and is part of this mixed campus music program Mr. Serra has created. The DOE is paying all these mainland new grad teachers an additional $5000/more per year to teach in our rural areas. These folks do not have a vested interest in the community. They work and leave in a couple of years. What happens is that the kids are not learning what they should, no extra programs to help them learn...then they are "passed" onto the next grade level by these teachers, knowing these children are not ready and don't know the fundamentals! People need to take a good look at what's happening in our area. Our kids deserve the same programs and attention as the other parts of the island. When the H.S. kids have to come to the Intermediate campus so they can keep playing music, that says something....that they need an outlet to continue with the arts.
DOE at it again wrote:
DOE cutting the band program at Waianae high school is unexcusable. When the DOE has over 13,000 educational specialists in the central office, they again pick on the helpless small guys and this time it is the band. Money is being wasted by the BUREAUCRATIC DOE to pay the salaries of these fat cats that have led our school system to the 49th position in the nation. The discrepancy spending of the DOE has been going on for two decades now, and it is natural for any government agency to go broke if they waste the tax dollars. The $2.4 billion educational budget is not distributed fairly when you consider only 36% of the budget goes to operate the schools. Cutting from this low funded area is ridiculous. The DOE picks on Waianae because not many parents in this area will stand up and be vocal about this injustice. The BOE is still not looking to streamline the BUREAUCRATIC DOE and, so, many other small but effective educational programs will be cut.
Stumpy

Kaneohe, HI

#17 Sep 22, 2009
Robert wrote:
As Keoni K said, post where one can donate! I can donate a flute and a piccolo and maybe a clarinet!
That's pretty darn cool of you. I wonder if people realize how much a piccolo or a clarinet can cost. I have kids in all three Waianae schools, and I have heard nothing of the band taking donations.
workinwaianae

Honolulu, HI

#18 Sep 22, 2009
to my knowledge, it is not purely a budget thing as to why the band was cut. i believe 9th graders are unable to take band as a class unless they are in the 'academy' that features band. if you are not in that academy, you cannot take band. that takes away many many of the students who would be interested. also, it is difficult to keep a music teacher there if they have to teach courses like gov't or math along with only a few music classes just to have a full line.

that being said, i think it is a great thing that the intermediate and high school students are trying to do what they can to keep music alive. it would be too easy for them to give up - that kind of determination will help them throughout their life.
cahaole

Stockton, CA

#19 Sep 22, 2009
Kudos to Darren Serra & all who have contributed to Waianae's music program. Music is such an important part of education. It teaches discipline & responsability too!!!
Transplant

Spokane, WA

#20 Sep 22, 2009
Unbelievable, in both a positive and negative way. Firstly, how the heck can a school administration consider shutting down the band program...simply unheard of regardless of their reasons. If there's a will there's a way to continue the tradition of having bands play at sporting events and marches. Apparently the WHS staff does not have the will...shame on you! Kudos to the kids for acting on their passions and having the will and finding a way. The WHS staff can learn alot from these kids. GIVE EM and IMUA, you kids make the leeward coast proud.
Mana

Honolulu, HI

#22 Sep 22, 2009
Mike wrote:
It's about times time we all pay for non essential services on our own terms. We should not burden the taxpayers with these cost.
It's time Mike get a job. Taxpayers my A-s-s
Mana

Honolulu, HI

#23 Sep 22, 2009
Transplant wrote:
Unbelievable, in both a positive and negative way. Firstly, how the heck can a school administration consider shutting down the band program...simply unheard of regardless of their reasons. If there's a will there's a way to continue the tradition of having bands play at sporting events and marches. Apparently the WHS staff does not have the will...shame on you! Kudos to the kids for acting on their passions and having the will and finding a way. The WHS staff can learn alot from these kids. GIVE EM and IMUA, you kids make the leeward coast proud.


BTW most the Waianae school staff are haole's and japanese, that could be the reason. I'm just saying.

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