High School Marching Band Routine Hits Controversial Note

September 05, 2018 10:21 PM

The Farmington High School Marching Band is making changes to the end of its routine after some complained it was political and anti-Trump.

The routine is entitled "Dystopia." It's based on fictional societies with references to the book "1984" and the movie "The Hunger Games."

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But the ending hit a controversial note as marching band members spelled out the word "resist."


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"There is not and never has been any intended political message in our fictional, artistic marching band show 'Dystopia,'" band director Erin Holmes said in a statement Wednesday.

But Farmington High School principal Dan Pickens said the band is still making minor changes to the ending because the controversy was distracting from the kids and their hard work. 

At the end of the routine, band members will now spell "unite" rather than "resist" to eliminate any possible political connotation.

Christina Pena, a sophomore band member, said it was all a misunderstanding.

"It was blown out of proportion," she said. "It wasn't meant to be political or anything like that at all."

The new changes will be rehearsed Thursday night.

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