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Bad message sent to band musicians

Bad message sent to band musicians

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On Sept. 22, I personally contacted several local media outlets to make sure they were aware of an outstanding musical event occurring that evening at Bloomington High School. I was assured by more than one outlet that they would send a representative.

How disappointing that one outlet indicated they would try to send someone if the reporters could fit the event into their coverage of the Friday night football schedule. Keep in mind all of the media outlets contacted had confirmed receiving the new release that had been sent in advance.

I was especially disappointed by one media outlet who actually took the time to follow up with Max Chernick, band director at Bloomington High School after speaking with me.

I hope the media outlets that had been contacted understand what message has been sent to the 700 plus students representing the Bloomington High School Band, Illinois State University Big Red Marching Machine and the Iowa State Marching Hawkeyes.

I can only conjecture that musical events may not be considered good airplay for the Friday night news coverage or deserve a photo anywhere in this newspaper, but a food fight in a high school cafeteria does.

My heartfelt thank you to everyone who did attend this event. I believe each person who attended this event had the opportunity to appreciate this group of young people doing positive things. Shame on the media outlets for ignoring the same opportunity.

Karen Smiley



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