Dear Cleveland. by Adam from Rocky River High School

Dear Cleveland, I am a performer in the arts. A dilettante, if you will. I play music. Piano, clarinet, saxophone, tuba, and more. The school I go to, Rocky River […]

May 11, 2018 // EYEJ // No Comments //

Dear Cleveland,

I am a performer in the arts. A dilettante, if you will. I play music. Piano, clarinet, saxophone, tuba, and more. The school I go to, Rocky River High school, has one of the most well-known bands in the greater Cleveland area. Yet, still there is a great divide. The conflict between arts related programs and sports is ongoing. Don’t get me wrong, I love sports. But I feel that the treatment and coverage of both sections is unequal. And I feel that what happens in Rocky River mirrors what happens in the rest of Cleveland.

In Rocky River, the music revolves around the sports. The marching band performs for 20 minutes in a SHOW during the much longer football GAME. Whenever a sporting team qualifies for the state competition, the bad has to march through the halls. Meanwhile, our band department is racking up awards and the wind ensemble is heading to states for the third consecutive year and all that we get is an announcement over the PA in school. Take a look at Cleveland. All this money paid for a new stadium for the Browns, Quicken Loans arena, and Progressive Field. Places like Playhouse Square are selling off historic names to random donors. The Beck Center asked everyone to donate money to save seats in their auditorium. The treatment and glorification of sports over the arts is a problem I see, and the simply solution I to make the treatment equal. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Adam

Rocky River High School