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| 1 min read | by Lonnie Huhman, lhuhman@thesuntimesnews.com |

It’s made a huge difference for the Dexter Marching Band.

Dr. Ken Moore, speaking on behalf of the Dexter High School Marching Band, went before the Dexter Community Schools Board of Education on Dec. 2 to thank them and DCS Superintendent Chris Timmis for the installation of the band observation tower this past August.

He also said overall the marching band has received great support from the school district and parents. From uniforms, space and budgets, he said he feels fortunate to be part of the program. He said each part makes the program a success.

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Moore is the DHS Director of Bands and Music Department Chair.

At the Dec. 2 board meeting, however, Moore wanted to specifically point out the positive difference the tower has made. He said it’s really helped the level of instruction they aim to provide the students in the marching band.

He said when looking over a field of 200 kids at ready it can be difficult to instruct them if one is not up higher a little bit.

Before the tower was put in, he said probably the most challenging spot they had to practice at was the parking lot at Creekside Intermediate School while using an 18 foot stepladder. He said they struggled a bit during that time, but it improved a bit more when they moved over to Al Ritt Stadium.

However, he said now with the tower and the dedicated space for them at the DHS twin turf fields things have improved even more.

The observation tower at the Dexter High School turf fields.

In emphasizing his appreciation, Moore said they really appreciate the space and tower, and believe it will not only benefit the students participating in band now, but for decades to come.

“It’s already made a huge difference,” he said.

Evidence of that can be seen in the DHS Marching Band’s superior performance in October during the MSBOA District 12 Marching Festival. The Dreadnaught Marching Band received First Division (“Superior”) ratings from all of judges at this year’s Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association District Marching Festival.

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