#62 Sep 9, 2012
They're not putting the money there because sadly Jenkins Independent school system is dying rapidly. It'll probably close in the next 10 years. And if not, all the students would have already switched to Letcher Central. Sad story, but it has a lot to do with parents and fundraising. LCC Band has to fundraise everything they do. No funding. And yet, we are dedicated and try extremely hard to produce what we want. The football team at JHS fundraises, as do cheerleaders, and etc.. that's why they have nice things. Sure the school helps, but sadly jenkins band is awful and there isn't much potential, therefore the dying school system can't really waste money for a program going no where. Sorry kiddos. I hope something gets done though, truly.
#63 Oct 1, 2013
I was in band many years ago, and I hate to read these comments. Yes, the uniforms were hot, uncomfortable, and we complained endlessly about them, that is what kids do. I LOVED band. I was there when those uniforms were new. I was in band from 86-90.
I haven't seen the bandroom in many years, so I can't attest to the state of anything there. But new or used instruments can be rented for a small monthly fee while you are using them. We rented to own my daughter's clarinet. There, the kids are expected to get their own instruments. My daughter's marching fee this year was over $400!! I think we (JHS) only had to pay for the cleaning fee and for our shoes.(they were new that year too)
My daughter is now in a AAAA class band program. Let me tell you, the parents work at promoting and working behind the scenes like it's a FULL TIME job. I don't know how they do it. But I do know that it is DEDICATION. Our kids work hard and it shows, our band director works hard and it shows!(I can't see how he has time for a life!)They go to state every year. For a band to be successful it needs 90-100% of parents willing to put themselves out for it during marching season. It's not that long! We are exhausted but watching our child succeed in a big way each week at competitions make it worthwhile.
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