Lima Senior band invited to New York

By Lance Mihm -

LIMA — Lima schools Superintendent Jill Ackerman commented at Thursday’s school board meeting of the positive feedback she has been getting from the public on the improvement of the Lima Senior High School Band under first year band director Hannah Snyder.

Apparently, the improved sound is getting noticed from beyond the school district also.

Snyder notified the board Thursday that the band has been accepted to play in the 97th annual New York City Veterans Day Parade and also is invited to perform in the Band of Pride tribute performance the following day remembering the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

“I am super excited about this opportunity,” Snyder told the board.

Snyder said she submitted video and sound recordings through an application process and was notified by the parade committee that the band had been accepted to attend on April 28. Snyder said the focus will now turn to raising money for the venture. The three-day, two-night journey will include breakfast and lodging, a performance shirt and a participation plaque for the schools at $379 per student. Snyder said that several fundraisers are being discussed to help curb the cost. There will also be the extra costs of transportation, meals and a possible entertainment event such as a Broadway play.

“I received several comments on the sound of the band during their last concert performance,” Ackerman said of the band.

The board likely will take formal action on approving the trip at its next school board meeting.

In other action, several teachers were honored with Years of Service awards in a ceremony before the school board meeting.

Jennifer Kohl and Gloria Kershner were honored for 30 years. Valery Conrad, Matthew French, Linda Venturella, Tony Fell and John Thomas were honored for 25 years. Chandra Nuveman, Michael Freed, Julie Stewart and Teresa Gantz were honored for 20 years service.

By Lance Mihm

Reach Lance Mihm at 567-242-0409 or at Twitter@LanceMihm

Reach Lance Mihm at 567-242-0409 or at Twitter@LanceMihm

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