A dedication to music leads to solution to keep music playing

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O'FALLON, Ill. – Our own Pat McGonigle served as master of ceremonies for a Tuesday night concert at Fulton Junior High School.

O'Fallon Township High School recently came up with a novel way to keep their proud tradition of music alive. After voters rejected a proposal to fund music and extracurricular programs, school leaders came up with a creative solution to keep the music playing.

It's called the O'Fallon United Community Music School.

With the creation of the school, musical instruction remains a regular part of the school day for children in the district, despite the loss of funding.

Tuesday's concert served to honor the talented young people, while celebrating the community's resourcefulness in keeping the arts alive.

The Marching Band at O'Fallon Township High School has long served as a big source of community pride. The Marching Band will take part in the Tournament of Roses Parade next year. Several other jazz, choir, and color guard teams performed before enthusiastic crowds at Fulton Junior High School Tuesday night.

"It makes me proud to be a part of a community that values music and the arts," said O'Fallon Township High School junior Nicholas Turk.

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