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Southwest’s Island Steel Drum Band to perform final concert after 22 years
The steel drum band program is being cut
San Diego, California, USA - The Island Steel Drum Band comprised of students from Southwest Middle School and Southwest High School in South Bay San Diego will perform together for the last time Monday [May 24]. After 22 years, the steel drum band program is being cut, according to band director Keith Ballard.
Ballard said in a press release that neither he nor students or parents were spoken to about the decision to cut the program for the upcoming school year.
“Mr. Ballard only found out when a tiny spreadsheet was emailed
to him last week with his classes for the 2021-22 school year,
and the steel drum band class did not appear,” the press release
read in part. “The music class was deemed expendable.”