I would like to express my feelings about the music program at South Fork High School. The music program, with as little attention as it gets, is still something that is greatly appreciated by me and many other students and community members.
When I look back at the years I had in band, I look back with many fond memories. I made new friends, developed my skill as a musician, learned many things, and most importantly, had fun. Since I was not athletic or very academic, I felt a certain measure of pride when I could help represent South Fork Music at the many venues we gigged at. Our class wasn’t nearly as big or fancy as any other school, but I feel we had something they didn’t, and that was a certain connection with the rest of the band and the ability to relax, let loose, and just have some fun while still making great music. It wasn’t about getting things right, it was about learning, developing as a musician, and playing some great tunes of every nature. We played everything from rock, jazz, funk, Latin, marching, Serbian, Spanish, and many other exotic genres.
Every day at school, band was the class I looked forward to. It gave me much more opportunity to get my musician chops up, and I can say with certainty that without band, I might not have taken any classes at South Fork my senior year. The music program kept my interest.
The South Fork Performing Arts Program has sprouted many fantastic young musicians, and if it keeps going, I’m sure many more.
All in all, the arts are essential for a well-rounded education.