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Daily Herald 05/07/71
Letters to Editor School Bands Better Than Ever; Attendance Is Not Editor Herald: As a group of Band Directors may we add our congratulations to you for the role the Herald and Brigham Young University played in sponsoring the Army Band. Along with you we feel that band music and band concerts are a great heritage of musical America. We were gratified to see so many in attendance. We know from experience it takes great promotion to assemble such a crowd. (We have seen the Utah State Symphony play to near empty houses when the concert was not properly promoted). We regret that this concert is but one of the rare times that the people of this valley actually hear a band perform in concert. Bands are better than ever! High School bands and college bands are all superior to those of the past but due to changing times and our poor promotion we play to half-filled auditoriums. Just where does one hear a band play? Not in concert, not on TV, certainly not on the radio. Bands have been relegated to just parades and ball games. Our young people are growing . up not having heard a real band perform. We solicit your support in the cause of bands. Students need recognition on a personalized basis. They are achieving and excelling but are not being recognized. It used to be the reporting ot the "Big" parade was mostly on bands and the full spread picture coverage showed the hard-working tubas," the clarinets, the piccolo, the 76 trombones and 180 cornets" . . . but we've got trouble. Our observation is that after the queens, the girlies, and all other mobile units, the real workers — the backbone of any parade — the band receive this f inal note.. ." And there were some high- stepping bands." And believe it or not, every band in Utah County can play the Stars and Stripes Forever March and do so often. Yours for a renewed interest in band concerts and many bands of "Herald" angels. High school band directors, Wes Barry, Orem Larry Wright, Provo Paul H. Mortensen, Lehi Larry R. Beebe, Carbon Chester Stone, Pleasant Grove Russ Fadely, American Fork W. Karl Barton, Spring- vUle