Entertainment By Manuel Leon: Competing in the Pep and Pageantry Arts Association of Central California tournament has turned into an all-out brawl for first place for both the Granite Hills winter percussion ensemble and winter guard!
That is all that was put on the new mural on Main Street to represent Granite Hills High School's band.
After waiting all morning in the hot sun, the Grizzly band saw, what was supposed to be a great surprise, a disappointing reveal of a mural representing the history of band in Porterville.
Now, how fair is this to Granite? We have been a school for just about 14 years, and I'm sure that the Grizzly band has had more than one member in the band. Sure, the other two bands have done more and have been around longer, but the Grizzly band has been leaving their mark at places for over a decade.
"Granite Hills High School has been open since 1998, and I feel there should have been greater representation of the school in all fairness to the students who have participated in the band all these years," stated Granite band parent Patty Jurkovich.
The simple fact that Granite has had a tough past couple of years does not give the city the right to forget all that they have already accomplished. Yes, having seven different band directors in only eight years does cause several problems within the program, but it still gives no right to leave us out.
Dale Anderson is the only one who stood up for the Grizzly band and said that it was unfair to not include Granite in the mural. Before he brought this point up, they were not going to include Granite at all.
Anderson believed that Granite would someday have a solid program and felt it is only right to acknowledge the beginning of the third Porterville band in town, but he probably meant more than one guy with a bass clarinet.
Now that Granite has a steady program, the city is going to have to make room for them. The colors of silver, black, and cardinal are going to be a lot more prominent throughout the town.
"I believe that very soon more of what is going on at Granite will be represented," stated Granite’s band director Kenny Ormonde. "No matter what, a lot of students have worked very hard and have never given up in the hope of building an awesome band. It is not their fault that the last couple of years were the way they were, but now we will change that. Granite deserves to be equally represented and I believe it will be."
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