There is no ‘I’ in the SHS band |

There is no ‘I’ in the SHS band

Jordan CooperDillon

There is no “I” in band, performance, nor Europe, but there is one in Gabriel. The intent of the 2006 SHS band trip to Europe was not to be “The Gabe Show” as implied by Mr. Wilner himself. In his letter, Gabe said (and I quote), “(jazz members) will be denied a significant portion of what was promised to them.” Students were not promised a performance by Gabe, but an opportunity to perform united, as a group and ensemble – together, while experiencing different cultures through the connection of music. The talent of students in the SHS jazz band does not end, nor begin, with Gabe Wilner – never has, never will. This is not to say that the band has not been impacted by his absence, but that this European tour is for the ensembles, not the solo performance of Gabe. Simply, he is a wonderfully talented musician, but the trip was not for Mr. Wilner alone. Ms. Texera, the students, their families, and the community will survive, as they all currently are, without Gabe Wilner representing our school. As such, I for one, as a 2006 graduate and four-year symphonic band member, would not like to be represented (as a European visitor or not) through a person who is irresponsible and unwilling to take responsibility for his own choices by condemning SHS administration and Dr. Hamner. Thank you Gabe for not risking the lives of others by getting in a car while intoxicated, but the fact of the matter is that you are a minor and drinking is illegal. It was not Mr. Hesse (principal), Mr. Adkins (vice principal), nor Dr. Hamner (superintendent) who drank illegally, underage, after signing a contract agreeing not to commit ANY infractions leading up to the trip. Had the administration allowed Gabe to attend the trip it would have been a hypocrisy on the no-toleration policy of the school district. Thank you SHS administration for preventing our school and community to be poorly represented. A choice was made, now the consequence is being suffered by the guilty. For the “treble” SHS administration and Dr. Hamner have endured thank “toot” for upholding my fellow classmate, band mate, and the ’06 Valedictorian to the same standards expected from every SHS student.

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