To The Daily Sun,
This letter is to support the music program at Laconia High School. Holding this program after school makes it like an after-thought.
Students get tired and stressed after a full day of classes and may choose not to participate. Then there are those who have after-school activities, part-time jobs or other responsibilities. Something as involved as music requires one's full attention.
As a former LHS band member, I know how rewarding and memorable those times are. I was involved from 1961-1965, under the capable direction of Mr. Bernard Williams. Over those four short sheets we enjoyed a trip to Quebec, the World's Fair in New York and an exchange concert every year. There were countless football games and parades.
Then, there were our fund raisers to support our activities — Mason's candy, peanut brittle drives and selling special calender's. Once a year we sold tickets for a concert in the school auditorium. Our activities (not tax dollars) paid for trips and the purchase of new uniforms.
The best times of my high school years were band oriented and I have bored friends and families with these stories for years.
The band showed me something that was bigger than myself and made me more confident. It left me with something I could use later and a few times I have played in our church.
Fast forward about 20 years and our daughter became involved in music. This time is was Belmont High School, under the management of Ray Cragie, He was an LHS band member, too — Class of 1968.
During those times, I relived my band experiences all over again. This gave us something in common, as we shared those times for four short years.
Music brings about relaxation, self confidence and attention to detail. When it is over, students have a skill not everyone has, but more importantly, pleasant memories that will last a lifetime of those short years.
Please support the music program.