By Baxter Colburn
Extracurricular activities are leading to lower participation in the Algoma High School band program. Algoma continues to pull over 100 students each year into their acclaimed program, however, band director Jennifer Massey is seeing an even bigger drop this year. Massey believes the drop in numbers is due to the catalog of opportunities students have to choose from in today’s academic landscape.
Massey says the addition of new school committees and the increased push to bring more events to the Algoma Performing Arts Center has also played a role in the programs recent dip in overall production.
With 14 years of working experience inside the Algoma School District, Massey believes that the partnership between the school and the Algoma Community Band has become the largest blessing for program stability.