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School Scoop: On site at AAHS

(Annie Harman/Echo Press)

The new fine arts department in Alexandria Area High School looks student-ready with the freshly installed storage units for instruments.

“Now we’ll be able to safely and correctly store equipment,” said Greg DeGier, the associate band director at Jefferson High School. “It’s a lot handier.”

Though DeGier will transition over to Discovery Middle School in the fall, he recognizes the need for the updated area for band, orchestra and choir.

“The band room will be almost double in size,” he said.

The new space will allow the students to be more comfortable during rehearsal, which will allow them to try more things, according to DeGier. “There will be more rooms, too, allowing students to practice more.”

Head Band Director Todd Blaser also shares excitement for the updates.

“The storage at Jefferson was built for one band in 1959,” he laughed. “We have been sharing it with three bands and two jazz bands; it’s just inadequate.”

Blaser said that a lot of thought was put into the layout of the fine arts area in AAHS and that with the ninth graders joining the high school, they will be glad they have even more space.

The buzz DeGier has picked up on from current freshmen, sophomores and juniors is that they are excited to get to the new school and are looking forward to something new.

Annie Harman
Annie Harman is a reporter for Echo Press and The Osakis Review. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in print journalism and history in May 2012. Follow her on Twitter at annieharman
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