There are plenty of examples of how the fine arts are being cut back or eliminated in American schools, due to budget cuts and other causes, but this is one of the more ironic twists in that story. This is the 150th anniversary of the birth of John Philip Sousa, "the father of American band music". However, the middle school in the District of Columbia named for Sousa doesn’t have a band to play any of his music. Or a choir. Or any other music instruction.
Unfortunately, they are not alone. There are many schools around the country with little or no arts instruction. Some of the recent cuts in school music programs have come because of the close to non-stop test preparation arising from fears of NCLB sanctions. But the Secretary of Education supports arts programs! He writes letters supporting them! Is there anyway to turn that paper into a trumpet and the time to learn to play it?