Parents, teachers discuss band instruction in Columbia schools

Thursday, October 22, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The gymnasium floor at West Junior High School was primed for an audience — a large blue tarp left no wooden plank exposed and chairs were set up in several neat rows. A forum held to discuss removing marching band from the eighth- and ninth-grade curriculum was moved from the cafeteria to the gym in anticipation of a large turnout.