Lassiter parents sound like unhappy eighth graders
December 13, 2013 12:00 AM | 3059 views | 5 5 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

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
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old holy man
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December 13, 2013
Three children who were/are in band. Two grown, one with music scholarship to div I school, another still plays/teaches his section, third in his first year of hs band. A brother who has been band director of one of most successful bands in southeast, uncle, blah blah, everyone has their own pedigree. Here's the thing, after anyone who has been at the helm for such a long period of time leaves, the next person is always an interim. A leader who retires after more than 15 years in any group, band or otherwise, who is well respected and successful leaves a wake of grief in her path. Such is the nature of leadership and groups. this band will grieve, then they and their parents will move on. it is too bad that some feel as if their futures are in jeopardy, it's not. excellence and talent are attributes that anyone at the college level can see. it's not about what you did, but what you do next. good luck lassiter band, this is only a dip in the grand scheme of musical programming.
NateET
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December 13, 2013
Yeah, you're an idiot. Comparing the hiring of a band director to the hiring of a social studies or math teacher shows that much. Band is not just about being taught things; anyone can do something like simply teach (though some are better at it than others). Being in a band is about working together as a group to accomplish some of the best art in the world, and being in a marching band combines the musical art with the art of making designs and figuring out how to move from one to the next in a flowing, smooth fashion. Parents get involved with their children's band life, because to some people, band /is/ their life in high school, and for some past that. It doesn't matter who the math teacher is as long as they teach math; it matters who the band director is because they need to have the respect of the band members and, by extension, those parents who get involved in the program. If you don't have that, you have no place being the band director because you will get nothing accomplished; in this particular case, you could very well kill a previously-successful program because you lack the respect of those from whom you need it.

Also, when members of the band themselves complain that the new director is not only incapable of handling the entire band because of its large size, and saying that she's giving bad advice about sound quality, and expressing concerns about the balance of sound throughout the entire ensemble, I'm going to take their word at it considering the previous director they had that taught them well enough to recognize these issues.
MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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December 13, 2013
@NateET:

Apparently, you were never taught at some point in your education that it is not only rude but impolite to call someone a name (in this case an "idiot") simply because they disagree with an opinion of yours.

Tip: In the future, should you ever want to be taken seriously...leave name calling out of your comments to others.
EtiquetteFirst
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December 13, 2013
Well said John Szall. This reckless,unwarranted display of slander should be dealt with in court.I am appalled with the way this woman and the entire Lassiter administration has been treated. These parents have no idea how they have affected their children's reputation and future in the community. I am disgusted with the former band director. Shame on him for his indifference and lack of support for his successor, regardless if he chose her or not. How ironic such a revered "leader" in the Lassiter community has chosen to take this "power" and tarnish it with his display of narcissism and ego- probably because he couldn't stand the fact if the band succeeded without him. I would love to evaluate this group in their workplace. I believe some have too much time on their hands and should pursue a new career.
BandTeacher
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December 13, 2013
"...anyone can do something like simply teach..."

This probes you know next to nothing about the educational process.
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