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Hillman schools reinstates band, choir

September 28, 2012
Emily Siegmon - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

HILLMAN - Hillman Community Schools Board of Education reinstated the band and choir program at the high school, just in time to show off school pride during homecoming festivities. The board approved hiring Iain Cook to teach band and choir classes at the high school during the September board meeting.

"We have really good numbers for our junior and high school band and choir. They really stepped up and are moving forward to prepare for our halftime homecoming ceremony and bonfire," Superintendent Shawn Olson said. "I'm proud of our students for keeping up with their music."

Cook is teaching a section of choir of 19 students, high school band with 23 students, and junior high band with 20 students.

"Our goal is to be able to expand into the elementary in the next few years," Principal Michael Leskowich, said. "The feedback has been tremendously positive, and our students are excited and motivated to return the band to its former state."

Leskowich said parents also are supporting the program, along with students, staff and administrators.

"I think it's great that we were able to bring our band back. Participation in programs, such as band, go a long way toward helping our students have a rich educational experience," Leskowich said.

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