Thursday, October 8, 2009
For years the Tracy High marching band practiced their parade route with a quick march down Franklin Street, a quiet stretch of roadway that usually was safe enough for the students to practice their musical footwork.
A night worker changed all that when he complained of the band's music interupting his slumber in the late afternoon. The band was banished form the street and the nearby Fine Park. With the campus construction putting space at a premium on campus the band was forced to a narrow parking lot behind the campus next to the old Heinz factory.
The band needs an asphalt surface to practice their street marching as they prepare for events from the homecoming parade to band reviews. The parking lot works but the narrow space keeps their formation out of shape and they are forced to dodge the drivers in a hurry to leave the campus. Not a good situation at all for the band. It would be nice if the district could find them some space where they can safely march and keep area residents happy.