Archive for Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Praise for band

October 25, 2006


To the editor:

I was delighted to see that the Lawrence High School Marching Lions won grand champion at the KU Marching Festival this weekend. As an alumni band parent, I know the hours of work and dedication that go into a show. Then to present it in cold, wet conditions and take grand champion is awesome.

What I found very disappointing was the Journal-World's coverage. A small picture on the front page, of an entirely different band, results mentioned in the caption of the picture, with the mention of an article on an inside page. When I turned to the page, the article was not about the band festival at all, but a wrap-up of the Maple Leaf Festival, which also deserved coverage.

Winning this type of competition is comparable to one of the sports programs winning the league, if not state, and I would like to see the band get the recognition it deserves.

So to the Marching Lions, band staff, directors and band parents: Congratulations, it's a great day to be a Lion.

Karen Johns,



Stephen Roberts 11 years, 7 months ago

Hey karen, I think you don't get it. If it isn't football, basketball orbaseball, it isn't worth mentioning. I know I played tennis in another town and we barely were able to have anything in the paper.

mom_of_three 11 years, 7 months ago

As a former band member myself, I don't know if I would compare it to winning state - league, maybe.
I lived in a smaller town, and we hosted our own marching band competition each year, and we barely received coverage from our own paper.
I guess it isn't exciting enough.

Terry Jacobsen 11 years, 7 months ago


Thanks for writing. One thing no one mentions. How much fun would the Friday night football game be, if there was no band to play the fight song and the ama mater?

All of our kids are important, whether on the football team, track, tennis, volleyball, cheering or in the band. I'm glad the Journal World got it right by doing an extended article today.

One thing that gets overlooked often is the dedication of the band staff. I know that Mike Jones, Pat McCarty and Johanna Cox at LHS put in hours and hours of planning, executing and reviewing films. They also have the patience of Job. I've seen them bombarded by 165 kids all with their own issues and problems and they always seem to keep their cool and the common phrase from Mike Jones is "We'll make it work somehow". Love them and love the band!

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