Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

February 14, 2012
Band shouldn’t infringe

I read with interest your article on the Stansbury High School band (“Stansbury band battle back for second stanza,” Feb. 7). It presented the band’s position on the change of the noise ordinance very well. However, I did not read much about what I assume to be a position of much broader scope from the residents who seem to have a problem with the noise. I live in Preston, Idaho, and when we moved here the band was practicing for the annual rodeo parade. Their practice began at 7 a.m. Imagine our surprise when we were awakened the first morning by the marching band playing “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Our children were definitely startled awake. After we employed a new superintendent, the band or drill team was not allowed to march on the football field until one week before the big game. He felt the marching was not good for the grass on the field. The band and drill team marched on a practice field in another area near the school parking lot. Sometimes they marched on the parking lot. Not once was our band allowed to infringe on the basic needs of the neighbors. I hope this conflict can be resolved in a manner both the band and community can live with. What I hope for most is that the students will not be made to feel like the community does not care about them or wants them to fail.

Jane Gibby

Preston, Idaho

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