Elida band honored

ELIDA — Elida Local Schools have been honored with the “Best Communities for Music Education” designation from The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

Elida Schools selection was based on funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

Elida’s band program begins in 5th grade. High school students are given the opportunity to participate in concert, jazz, marching, pep and symphonic bands. Band students from all grades perform 55 programs each year, including seasonal concerts, parades and other events in school and the community. Elida band directors are Mr. John Stetler, high school, and Mr. Michael Reese, middle school.

According to Mr. Stetler, “The Elida Band Program is hopefully something that the entire community can be proud of. We’re out in the public performing more than any other Elida group.”

Elida High School Marching Band performed in the Disney Magic Kingdom Parade on March

17, 2022. This was the fourth year the Elida Marching Band was selected to participate.

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