This weekend, the Rochester City School District Marching Band embarks on its first-ever, out of state trip to Hersheypark in Pennsylvania. This trip is a watershed moment, according to Alison Schmitt, lead teacher for the Arts Department in the Rochester City School District.
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Schmitt: Back in the 40s and 50s there were marching bands in every single city high school, and you can see some reminders of that when you go and visit those locations. But for a variety of reasons the programs died out over the years.