So, there are about 20 parents at Lassiter High School who think they should be involved in choosing a band director. Why not a new social studies teacher or a new math teacher? Because you’re not qualified, that’s why. Frankly, after reading the article to my high school age children, the consensus was that these parents sounded like a bunch of eighth graders unhappy with their new teacher.
I have a child in the band at Pope High School, right down the road from Lassiter. Mr. Gribble and Mr. Rudolph do an excellent job of teaching band and instilling the values that go along with being a Greyhound band member. Thankfully, always winning is not one of those values.
Instead, they’ve learned to appreciate the accomplishments of others. No one cheers louder for other school band performances than the Greyhound band.
Earlier this year, we played Osborne one Friday night. Their band is small by comparison to Pope and Lassiter, but I guarantee you, no one has more fun. All of the Pope parents around us commented about how much fun they were to watch, both with their halftime show and in the visitor stands. You could tell by their actions that they were there to enjoy every minute. And we did too! Great job, Osborne!
It is that kind of performance that is truly what being in a high school band is all about.
Lassiter is a well-respected band, and we wish them all the best. Band director Markham seems to be well qualified to lead them to whatever heights they wish to achieve. Only time will tell, and time it will take.
John Szall east Cobb