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Parents object to characterization of band show as 'communist' (New Oxford, Pennsylvania)
The (Hanover) Evening-Sun ^ | September 26, 2012 | STEPHANIE WEAVER

Posted on 09/26/2012 7:46:48 AM PDT by Timber Rattler

Parents met with New Oxford High School Marching Band officials Tuesday night at the high school auditorium in the wake of a controversy over the theme of the band's field show.

The meeting was private and the press was not allowed to attend.

The marching band's show, originally called "St. Petersburg: 1917," made national news when a parent who saw the band's show at a game in Waynesboro a few weeks ago contacted Fox News Radio, offended by the performance he said "celebrates" the Russian revolution. He objected to the use of props that included hammers and sickles, used for years as the symbol of the communist Soviet Union.

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But because of the recent media attention, the band show's name is being changed and the hammers and sickles used in the performance will be removed, Harbaugh said. The show's introduction will also be changed, she said.

The show still will feature music by Shostakovich, including excerpts from Symphony No. 12 in D minor, Symphony No. 10 in E minor, and ballet suite No. 4. The band's music was purchased from a company that specializes in marching band shows, Harbaugh said.

"Our band director and kids work very, very hard. We apologize for any offense caused," Harbaugh said. "We understand why people were, but it was never our intent."

(Excerpt) Read more at eveningsun.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: band; communist; performance
Update from yesterday's story:

School: Sorry About Hammer & Sickle (HS Marching Band Commemorates Communist Revolution)


1 posted on 09/26/2012 7:46:54 AM PDT by Timber Rattler
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To: Timber Rattler
"celebrates" the Russian revolution
2 posted on 09/26/2012 7:51:23 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup (ZERO DARK THIRTY (coming soon to an embassy near you))
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To: Timber Rattler

The stupidity —it boggles the mind.

Two words: private school. Preferably in your home.


3 posted on 09/26/2012 7:51:29 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. -- George Bernard Shaw)
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To: Timber Rattler

Perhaps they were just preparing to participate in the Inauguration parade, should Obama win.


4 posted on 09/26/2012 7:51:47 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Timber Rattler
The meeting was private and the press was not allowed to attend.

Wait a minute, it was a meeting at a public location with public officials and the meeting was private? Someone needs to generate a FOIA and demand to know under what law the meeting could be held in private.

5 posted on 09/26/2012 7:52:28 AM PDT by 103198
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To: Albion Wilde

Couldn’t agree more...


6 posted on 09/26/2012 7:53:50 AM PDT by 103198
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To: Timber Rattler
Personally, I'm looking forward to their next show: Berlin: 1934. Lots of Wagner and a rousing rendition of the Horst-Wessel-Lied, plenty of red and black. Maybe they can do that rotating swastika routine like in Springtime for Hitler.
7 posted on 09/26/2012 7:56:06 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: txrefugee

FOTFLOL!


8 posted on 09/26/2012 7:57:20 AM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: Timber Rattler
Most Americans and perhaps nearly all young Americans have next to nothing of a history education.

It doesn't matter what was meant or taught by a teacher ... what people see is communism.

If a straight man puts on a dress and make-up, do you immediately say, "Just a spoof .. he's straight" ?

9 posted on 09/26/2012 7:58:08 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: The_Reader_David

LOL!!


10 posted on 09/26/2012 7:58:54 AM PDT by silverleaf
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To: 103198

Yeah, and the Bolshevik parents who are so proud of their accomplishments, want to remain anonymous.

Here’s a site with reviews of that school (you can be an “other” to comment and all it takes is an email address):
http://www.greatschools.org/school/parentReviews.page?id=615&state=PA

A few people already left just one red star for the Bolshevik breeding ground.


11 posted on 09/26/2012 7:59:31 AM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: Albion Wilde

I don’t think it is actually stupidity.
I think it represents the mindset of our “educators.” Remember, the teacher’s unions and many teachers SUPPORT Obama and his policies.


12 posted on 09/26/2012 8:04:35 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Timber Rattler

and to think, they could have lined up and executed the Principal and his family as part of the halftime show


13 posted on 09/26/2012 8:06:35 AM PDT by silverleaf
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To: Timber Rattler
This school is a 10 minute drive from the Gettysburg battlefield.

So I can see why they were forced to look to Soviet Russia for interesting historical themes.

14 posted on 09/26/2012 8:08:07 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: The_Reader_David

Meine Fuher,meine Liebe!


15 posted on 09/26/2012 8:08:59 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: The_Reader_David

Meine Fuher,meine Liebe!


16 posted on 09/26/2012 8:09:15 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: The_Reader_David

Meine Fuher,meine Liebe!


17 posted on 09/26/2012 8:09:30 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Timber Rattler
When I was in Moscow my girlfriend asked that I put away the communist pins and emblems I bought to bring back to friends who asked me to get some for them. I wasn't even thinking about how deep the hurt could go. Buried them deep in my luggage after that.

Anyone know if in the performance they shoot Anistasia separately or with the rest of her family.

18 posted on 09/26/2012 8:10:17 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Even if it was a history piece on the Russian revolution (that, ahem, let to Communist rule and the slaughter of 10’s of millions of people) and the “hammer and sickle” are a part of that history, it’s just not very smart. Imagine the outrage if someone did a “history of 1930’s Germany” and included Swastikas and train cars...


19 posted on 09/26/2012 8:14:32 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: Timber Rattler

My personal dealings with school officials have taught me that not only are they stupid, but they are very hard-nosed and stubborn, and tend to dig-in whenever you’ve caught them red handed.

Only one thing is effective in my experience: public humiliation. Using the internet, radio talk shows, social media or whatever you have to do.


20 posted on 09/26/2012 8:18:02 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: The_Reader_David

If they had done your proposed next program they would be watching film of death camps for a year. Perhaps they need to more than apologize and educate the entire school on what the Soviet Union really was.

I would think an assembly for the entire school to hear from some local who lived through it might be appropriate. Then each student could write an essay about the horrors of the Soviet system like the forced starvation etc.


21 posted on 09/26/2012 8:22:16 AM PDT by JLS
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To: Timber Rattler

Parents Object to “characterization”..??

No... they objected to it being a COMMUNIST CELEBRATION


22 posted on 09/26/2012 8:23:28 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The only thing the World would hate more than the USA in charge is the USA NOT in charge")
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To: Timber Rattler

Next year they can do A Tribute to Tienanmen with tanks rolling over people..............


23 posted on 09/26/2012 8:23:56 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: The_Reader_David

“Springtime.....for Stalin.....in Leningrad.....

“Comrades are happy....and gay......

“We’re marching all so strong and tan.....

“Look out, here comes the Five Year Plan....!

;^)


24 posted on 09/26/2012 8:24:59 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("Free speech is more important than Islam.")
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To: Wyatt's Torch
"Imagine the outrage if someone did a “history of 1930’s Germany” and included Swastikas and train cars..."

They could call it "Springtime for Hitler"

25 posted on 09/26/2012 8:25:19 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The only thing the World would hate more than the USA in charge is the USA NOT in charge")
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To: Timber Rattler
“The show still will feature music by Shostakovich”

In defense of Dimitri Shostakovitch he lived during extremely turbulent times in Russia and later the Soviet Union. Many of his compositions were banned by the government and during the purge many of his mentors and associates were imprisoned and later shot. Under duress and fear for his family he spoke in support of the government but his music told a different story. Critics would later write that he would put coded messages in his compositions to ridicule the government. He wrote compositions in support of Jewish peoples during times of anti semitism.

Instead of this being in support of the Russian revolution maybe the school should have promoted the music as the triumph of one very timid man's disagreement with the government that oppressed him.

26 posted on 09/26/2012 8:29:40 AM PDT by heylady (“Sometimes I wish I could be a Democrat and then I remember I have a soul.”( Deb))
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To: Timber Rattler

The marching band was playing symphonies and ballet music? I want to see the string bass players march. Better yet, the harp player marching.


27 posted on 09/26/2012 8:38:28 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: heylady

Yeah, I have no problem with Shostakovich. Stalin forced him to write “Socialist Realism” music with a gun literally held to his head, and so your idea about the band’s performance being centered around him rather than the Communist take-over of Russia is spot-on.


28 posted on 09/26/2012 8:40:19 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

Thank you. I have loved Shostakovitch since I was 12 and dragged my father to a music store to find Polka from The Golden Age. I would live to hear a marching band play that.


29 posted on 09/26/2012 8:48:38 AM PDT by heylady (“Sometimes I wish I could be a Democrat and then I remember I have a soul.”( Deb))
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Ha, ha! Are you kidding? It was a “celebration” of the composer? With sickle and Hammer?

Well I own a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.


30 posted on 09/26/2012 9:31:22 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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31 posted on 09/26/2012 9:53:13 AM PDT by randita
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To: Timber Rattler

This is nothing short of Communist indoctrination. The band officials need to be outed and publicly scorned. They do this sort of thing because they think no one will notice. We need to make an example of them.


32 posted on 09/26/2012 10:01:16 AM PDT by Windcatcher (Obama is a COMMUNIST and the MSM is his armband-wearing propaganda machine.)
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To: Timber Rattler
Shostakovich was a great composer -- I even like the "Classical Symphony" which Stalin forced him to write (I call it "Stalin's good deed", just like the original Volkswagen is "Hitler's good deed").
33 posted on 09/26/2012 10:04:43 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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