Students from Cedar Hill Middle School play and hold a sign to protest proposed music cuts to school band programs in the Greater Victoria School District, during a Monday event. The district is facing a massive deficit and is considering a number of options for cutting costs. (Photo courtesy Laura Alcaraz-Sehn)

Students from Cedar Hill Middle School play and hold a sign to protest proposed music cuts to school band programs in the Greater Victoria School District, during a Monday event. The district is facing a massive deficit and is considering a number of options for cutting costs. (Photo courtesy Laura Alcaraz-Sehn)

Massive student demonstration planned to protest Greater Victoria school band cuts

Band students from 14 SD61 schools will be at major intersections Thursday after school

Students, parents and educators in Greater Victoria are making musical and political statements this week.

Bands at various schools in the Greater Victoria School District are holding musical and information protests Thursday (April 22) in reaction to proposed cuts to elementary and middle band programs, part of SD61’s efforts to deal with a $7 million budget deficit.

At Central Middle School in Victoria, an outdoor recording session will see about 100 Grade 6 students in uniform led by music teacher Paul Spelt playing between 2 and 2:40 p.m., followed by a sidewalk protest nearby at the corners of Fernwood Road and Yates and Fort streets, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

READ MORE: SD61’s proposed $7 million cuts threaten equity and inclusion, say parents, teachers

Band students at Cedar Hill Middle School in Saanich held a warmup protest outside their school Monday, playing their instruments and holding signs calling for band programs to be retained.

The school is one of 14 in SD61 whose music students and supporters will be on the sidewalks in protest starting at 3 p.m. near their schools.

Others taking part in this demonstration of solidarity at major intersections include Spectrum, Reynolds, Mount Doug, Esquimalt, Oak Bay and Vic High secondaries; Glanford, Shoreline, Lansdowne and Monterey middle schools, and Braefoot and George Jay elementaries.

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