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Students, parents defend music programs at J-E school board meeting

The cast of Jordan-Elbridge High School's production of "Suessical the Musical" took a break from rehearsing Wednesday night to tell the board what the music programs at J-E meant to them. In turn, the board took a break 30 minutes into their meeting to see the costumed students rehearse.

"Seussical the Musical" opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday night in the high school auditorium.

"They were wonderful," said board president Mary Alley. "It was the best part of the night, for sure."

J-E senior James Hynes, dressed for his role as General Genghis Schmidt, was one of four students to talk to the board about the merits of the music programs at J-E.

With sports, "if you're not good enough, you sit on the bench and you watch the game, or you're a substitute," Hynes said. "In [marching] band, that doesn't happen. Even if you're not the best player, you're still out there."

Hynes said the marching band and drumline teach students to work as a team, since every one's part in the performance is a necessity.

"Everybody's important in all of our music programs," he said. "If we don't have those, you're taking away something that teaches people about being a part of a team that's more than just sitting there and watching everybody else play."

Sophomore Lexie Hynes, dressed as a "Who," spoke of the marching band's "unbelievable support system."

More than just a source for musical education and growth, marching band keeps students active. Infantino said anyone would be impressed by the physical rigors of a typical marching band practice.

"I get more exercise in my three days of guard and marching band than I do in a whole week of gym classes at school," she said. "We're never just sitting around, we're constantly in a state of motion."

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