Enrollment declines threaten small community’s high school band

Published 10:28 pm Saturday, April 27, 2019

A small Mississippi community named Biggersville could lose its high school band program because of tiny enrollment.

The Daily Corinthian reports that only eight students are signed up for band, according to figures provided by the state Department of Education.

Alcorn County School District Superintendent Larry Mitchell says eight is not enough to justify having a program.

However, Biggersville High band director Libby Cunningham disputes the numbers. She says an average of 20 students participated in pep band during football season. The band also marches in Christmas and Veteran’s Day parades and has a booster club.

Cunningham says three of the Biggersville musicians have committed to Northeast Mississippi Community College on band scholarships, and one of them could not afford college without that money.