A quote from the article:
Rick Lopresto, a Giles graduate and now a middle school band director in another district, told board members that the work done by Bucaro and other elementary instructional music teachers throughout the state “has real and lasting effect long after students school day has ended.”
Being involved in instrumental music “fills a unique niche for students social and emotional growth. Members of a band make a connection unlike other academic offerings, including team sports,” he said. “For many, band is really where they finally find their place.”
Music is important--for lots of reasons.
The article is here.