High school marching band can't wear evolutionary T-shirts
By TONYA FENNELL - THE SEDALIA DEMOCRAT ON KANSASCITY.COM
Added: Sat, 29 Aug 2009 23:00:00 UTC
Thanks to Kev Senior - Credit to Italian UUAR where I saw this in Italian for the link.
T-shirts worn by the Smith-Cotton High School band have evolved into an issue among parents.
The shirts, which were designed to promote the bandâs fall program, are light gray and feature an image of a monkey progressing through stages and eventually emerging as a man. Each figure holds a brass instrument. Several instruments decorate the background, and the words âSmith-Cotton High School Tiger Pride Marching Bandâ and âBrass Evolutions 2009â are emblazoned above and below the image.
Assistant band director Brian Kloppenburg said the shirts were designed by him, band director Jordan Summers and Main Street Logo. Kloppenburg said the shirts were intended to portray how brass instruments have evolved in music from the 1960s to modern day. Summers said they chose the evolution of man because it was ârecognizable.â
The band debuted the T-shirts when it marched in the Missouri State Fair parade. Summers said he was surprised when he received a direct complaint after the parade.
Although the shirts donât directly violate the districtâs dress code, Assistant Superintendent Brad Pollitt said complaints by parents made him take action.
âI was disappointed with the image on the shirt,â Melby said. âI donât think evolution should be associated with our school.â
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