As a local newspaper, the Star-Observer provides a valuable source of information to the community and is an integral local resource. The newspaper, however, has seemed to forget its mission by neglecting to cover the River Falls Marching Band and its endless stream of accomplishments. Recently crowned the state’s Class AAA champion, to reach 23 state titles, the high-school band’s accomplishment was devoid of any local coverage.

This lack of coverage is not new, as this fall there has been zero stories on the band and its multiple awards and competitions. This needs to change.

Composed of almost 100 student-athletes, the band undertakes a grueling schedule throughout the summer and fall, on par with any other high-school sport. The work, dedication and accomplishments of the student-athletes are more than worthy of consistent coverage. The band certainly respects the other sports teams by playing for them when they accomplish their goals. Why is no one playing for the band and its student-athletes when they continue to add to their hardware?

Ian Lowenstein
River Falls

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