- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 22, 2016

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. (AP) - West Liberty University has eliminated its marching band in order to reduce spending and get in step with state budget cuts.

University spokeswoman Maureen Zambito tells The Intelligencer (https://bit.ly/1Pp4xBZ ) that cutting the band was a difficult decision that was made because the state budget keeps on being cut.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin last year ordered a 4-percent budget cut for most government agencies, including state universities and colleges.

University President Stephen Greiner says every department has been asked to identify places where expenses can be trimmed. Greiner emphasized that no academic programs in music are being eliminated.

“There are still many opportunities for musical performance at WLU,” he said.



The band had between 50 and 55 members.

Dr. Matthew Harder, interim dean of the WLU College of Arts and Communication, said in a prepared statement that the decision, which affects the marching band and the pep band, was based “purely on financial considerations.”

“These bands were highly appreciated by the athletics programs and enjoyed by the many fans attending the games,” Harder said. “We have always been proud of the students who participated in these bands. The music program is strong and will move forward in new and exciting directions as it always has and we appreciate the continued support of our campus and the community.”

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Information from: The Intelligencer, https://www.theintelligencer.net

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