A Call To Defend The Helix Band

Originally submitted by LaMesaToday.com member Cori Garrod:

HELIX CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL -- Attention all Helix parents, students, alumni & La Mesa citizens! Our beloved marching band program is under attack!

In the past 4 weeks, the police have come to the band office at least 4 times. With each visit there is a new complaint against our program. First it was the evening practices and the use of the metronome, then 4th period marching band, now its percussion class, pipes and cymbal noise. Each time we rehearse outside, they file a complaint. The police revealed that there are now two neighbors who call in on an almost daily basis to complain about the noise. These residents have found a loop hole in the system to use to their advantage. Their complaints are not for “noise ordinance” which has limitations on volume and hours, but rather “disturbing the peace” which does not have these restrictions. The police also shared that there have been similar incidents in other neighborhoods where these types of complaints have escalated to the point of law suits and court. We do not want this to happen.

You can imagine how upsetting and disruptive these complaints and visits from the police have become. The staff and students should not be subjected to this type of harassment simply for trying to play music. We have tried to accommodate all the requests/restrictions they have placed on us, but when are we suppose to rehearse? We want to be able to practice without the fear of confrontations with irate neighbors, visits from police and pressure toward our school administration. If we are forced to cancel outdoor rehearsals and classes then the marching band as we know it will cease to exist.

If the complaints of two people can cause this much commotion, imagine what a group of unhappy parents, relatives, friends and neighbors can cause. We can’t let them damage a program that has been around for over 60 years!

Please show your support as we “band” together to come up with a solution to this situation, before these two individuals poison the remainder of the neighborhood against us.

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Comment by Gregory Spire on September 5, 2011 at 1:01pm

Why doesn't members of the band reach out to the neighbors and organize a meeting to have a better understanding on what is bothering them??? 



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