Local University Suspends Band Program Due to Budget Cuts

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A local University is feeling the impact of state budget cuts.

West Liberty University officials say they had some tough choices to make and come this fall you won’t be seeing the marching and pep bands.

The good news is that the marching and pep bands aren’t being eliminated, they are currently suspended due to the budget cuts.

The decision came from the Music Department as a way to help reduce spending. University President, Stephen Greiner, says every department has been asked to identify places where expenses can be trimmed.

The band had between 50 and 55 members. The Music Department made their decision based on saving their academics.

“They looked at their budget and they wanted to certainly maintain the academic integrity of the college, but since this is an auxiliary program and the program requires a lot of different expense for instruments and music and uniforms etc. So they decided they could put this program on hold,” said WLU President, Steven Greiner.

President Greiner added that if a generous person would like to step up and donate funds to keep the bands in operation, the department and university would greatly be appreciated.

There are still a number of music opportunities available for students, the West Liberty Wind Ensemble will perform Wednesday at 7:30 in college hall.

Depending on how the budget balances out there could be additional cuts in the future for other areas of the University.

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