We are parents of students in the Lassiter High School Band program. I write to you to publish my concerns over the troubling conduct of the newly hired director of bands at Lassiter High School. Parents have met with the principal of Lassiter High School and members of the county offices only to have concerns fall on deaf ears and unwilling spirits. I, therefore, seek a public audience in the hopes that those in positions of authority will be moved to action.
The director of bands at Lassiter High School has demonstrated a lack of concern for student safety. She has left practices early while students are still on school grounds, has left football games while students are still participating in a school sponsored activity and has left during the school day failing to find appropriate substitute teachers or ensure that adult supervision will be provided for class coverage.
The director demonstrates inadequate administrative skills and has failed to obtain the mandated permission forms from parents before taking students out of state for overnight school sponsored trips.
The director conveys an impression of ineffectiveness in the classroom. Students are not provided adequate warm-up time before playing difficult musical pieces. She does not prepare an adequate schedule for learning difficult musical pieces. Students are told simply to play faster and louder with no direction given as to how to decode the nuances of the music.
The above list covers only the most serious of the documented concerns of the Lassiter High School Band parents and boosters. Underlying these behaviors is a pattern of irresponsibility and unreliability.
The Lassiter High School Band program, a two time Band of America Grand National Championship winner, is the gold standard of high school band programs. We deserve a director with the skill, vision, and commitment to continue the tradition of excellence.
Bruce and Trish Boone
(and 15 others)