East High School Director of Bands Ollie Liddell calls for Music Building on campus

March 17, 2010

I am very proud of the students and the direction the program is going. However, we need support.  After several discussions with the Band Booster Club, we are trying to come up with a plan of action to get a Music Building built on campus--possibly in the space left by the demolished annex building. This building would be built according to MENC Opportunity-to-learn Standards (www.menc.org)  It would have sufficient space for a Choir, Band, and Orchestra Rooms as well as sufficient storage area, small ensemble rehearsal space, and offices.  Both the choir and "band" rooms are inadequate.  The Orchestra rehearses in the choir room.  They need their own space.  The choir room is band.  However, the band room is riddiculous.  It is very, very small, the ceiling is too low, there is no adequate storage area, no practice rooms, and no acoustical treatments what-so-ever.  With the size of the band growing each year, it will soon (maybe next year) be too small to accommodate the band at all.  The low ceilings and lack of acoustical treatments make hearing the music correctly impossible.  So much so, we had afterschool rehearsals in the Auditorium so I could hear what is being played.  The auditorium isn't readily available.  The lack of storage space makes things worse.  Furthermore, EVERY high school in MCS has an adequate band room except East.  I find this unacceptable.  I would appreciate any help or advice to this end.  Please call.

Musically Yours,
Ollie Liddell
Director of Bands
East High School
3206 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38118
901-416-6160 School
901-416-6161 Fax