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Marching Band Told To Pick New Songs

Marching band told to pick new songs

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

The Eastern Lancaster County School District doesn't want the Garden Spot High School Marching Band to perform two popular songs.

The songs in question are Bruno Mars "Locked Out of Heaven" and Fall Out Boy's "Thanks for the Memories."

"Initially it was my decision. I take responsibility for that," said Superintendent Robert Hollister.

Superintendent Hollister says the lyrics in those songs convey messages the district does not approve of.

"It has some pretty sexual language in them that I didn't think was as a public school was appropriate for a public venue," he said.

It turns out, the students themselves picked those songs back in May. They've already started practicing and the decision to ban those songs from their play list is not sitting well with parents.

"Its a stupid decision that was made," said mom Pauline Redding.

Redding has two kids in the Garden Spot Marching Band and argues the songs would be purely instrumental.

"The biggest point here is you will never hear the lyrics," she said.

Despite the arguments made by some band members and a few parents, the school district is standing firm on their decision.

"What are we telling our kids, we are condoning inappropriate sexual behavior, dangerous sexual behavior in some ways that sort of hint at it in the song choices and as a public school we can't condone that," said Hollister.

If you are not familiar with the songs, their lyrics can be found online.


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