The band is back. After a year with without a music program, Wewahitchka High School is playing instruments again. The band was eliminated last year due to budget constraints by the previous administration.
It was a devastating reality for those like band student Alyssa Davis. "It's something really fun to do," says Davis. "It helps a lot with everything. It's a way to get out your feelings, and it's a way to have something to do."
The previous administration eliminated the band for the 2011-2012 school year. It was a heartbreaking decision for many.
"All I had to do was go to class everyday day. I didn't have band to keep me happy and stuff," says band student and senior John Linton.
Band director Terry Stryker remembers getting the upsetting news. "I got a call that summer that said the band program was closed. We weren't going to have band class next year. It about killed me. But we got through it," says Stryker.
This year, the current superintendent, Jim Norton, brought the band back saying it was essential. "Band is a vital part of a school's culture and gives musically inclined
students opportunity to shine. Felt it was a key to revitalize," says Norton.
Participating in the program again has students, like Davis, feeling good. "I'm really glad its back because it's something fun to do. It's something everybody can do, and it's just really great to have it back," says Davis.
For the entire school, bringing the band back is more than bringing back the spirit.
"They say school spirit. But it's a life it gives the school it doesn't have without a band," says Stryker.
Stryker says there are already 40 students committed to the band for next year.