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Band teacher impressed by commitment

Staff writer

New Marion High School band teacher Shana Jolliff had heard a lot of good things about music programs in Marion even before she applied for the job.

She met MHS graduate Mike Steinel at a seminar he was teaching, and he gave her a good first impression of Marion’s music tradition.

When she learned the band teacher job was available, she decided it was a good opportunity. She said her interview made it clear that people in the community care about music, and she was impressed by the quality of USD 408 Performing Arts Center.

“I’m also finding out there has been quite a rich tradition,” Jolliff said.

Jolliff will teach band to fifth-grade through high school students, jazz band, and kindergarten through third-grade music.

Jolliff comes to Marion from Fairview, Okla. This will be her 18th year teaching. She plays French horn.

It seems people in the community would like the marching band to do more, both at football games and in parades, she said. Jolliff believes marching band is one of her strengths.

She would like to collect unused band instruments if area residents have any to donate. Such donations would make it easier for more students to join band.

Jolliff also wants to meet with parents, whether their children are current band members or are interested in joining band.

Jolliff can be reached at (620) 381-0529.

Last modified Aug. 3, 2011

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