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Trinity School in Longview gets its first-ever band

Published: Sep. 2, 2021 at 11:11 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 2, 2021 at 5:49 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - Longview’s Trinity School of Texas has been around since 1957, expanding to a full twelve-year school in 1990. But they never had a band, until this year.

Trinity School of Texas Head of School Doug Stump is new to the school, and so is the band program. He believes learning an instrument enhances all education.

“There’s decades of research that connects music instruction with academic performance. So we know if you put a musical instrument in a student’s hands and you teach them to play, their math scores go up, their reading scores go up, neuroplasticity is enhanced. There’s so many academic benefits to learning music,” Stump said.

Most of the twenty students in the middle school band just picked up an instrument this year.

“We’re excited to be offering it starting in the fifth grade, all the way up through upper school,” Stump said.

Seventh-grader Jessica Ruff has been blowing her horn for about two weeks now and already has aspirations.

“I probably want to play in front of a school maybe. That would be cool if I got better; maybe played the National Anthem. Or, we have theme song for Trinity, so maybe that,” Ruff said.

Eighth Grader Ellie Cochran plays percussion, and is one of the more experienced musicians.

“I’ve played for one or two years and I want to get better at it,” Cochran said.

Looking into the future, she sees Friday night lights.

“I really want to play at a football game someday. Maybe a Lobo football game,” Cochran said.

Under Band Director Katey Collier, these students are focusing on scales for now, but will soon scale it up, as the band plays on.

The school is now offering other fine arts electives to students. They are able to pick concert choir or studio art classes, or even a guitar ensemble class.

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