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home : opinion : editorial June 24, 2016

3/26/2014 8:56:00 AM
Musical excellence

During the past couple of weeks, beautiful music has literally poured out of auditoriums and gymnasiums throughout the region as spring concert season is in full swing.
Just in the past few days, our staff has seen tremendous performances involving students from Windom Area Schools, Mt. Lake Public School, Mt. Lake Christian School and Butterfield-Odin Schools. We've been impressed, not only with the sounds of these bands and choirs, but also the instructors' willingness to challenge their students.
Beyond that, it has been uplifting to see the sheer volume of musicians taking the stage. All of this demonstrates that our band and choir directors are doing an outstanding job of piquing the interest of students and getting them to buy in on achieving excellence.
Across Minnesota, band and choir programs have not always fared well in times of tight budgets. Fortunately, schools in this region have generally bucked that trend.
As we march through spring concert season, we see the value of these great programs to our students and communities. Not only does music keep students engaged, it makes them well-rounded and builds confidence that is vital for their success.
Hats off to our outstanding musicians and instructors.
- Rahn Larson

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