Although it’s one of the smaller projects, the groundbreaking for Mustang’s band room addition at Canyon Ridge Intermediate was accompanied with the fanfare of a drum line and the fight song Tuesday morning. Canyon Ridge, which houses half of the district’s fifth and sixth graders, opened in 2013 with 85 sixth grade students in the band program. There are approximately 350 enrolled for the 2017-2018 school year.
Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel said it is clearly evident that there is an interest in our community for the fine arts.
“You don’t have to talk to too many people, whether it’s on the board, employees of our district, or parents, to know pretty quickly that fine arts are a big deal in this district,” he said. “This is another example of our commitment to furthering that program in our district. This is not just a Canyon Ridge celebration; this is a district celebration.”
Ryan Edgmon, MPS director of bands, offered his thanks not only to the community but also for the support from the administration as the entire band program has grown exponentially in the last five to seven years.
“Every time we come upon a hurdle, or every time we are met with explosive growth, it is always met with reception, warmth and accommodation by our school district. It’s been absolutely heartwarming to be a part of,” he said.
Edgmon also gave credit to the teachers across the district who support the students involved in band.
Belinda Watson, Canyon Ridge Intermediate band director, said the addition will make the CRI band feel as if it has a home to go to.
“It’s so meaningful,” she said. “These kids want to be a part of something special and amazing and they want to make their mark in their school. The arts is one way to do that.”
Randy Nancy with Crossland and Heath Tate with MA+ Architecture also addressed the group. Both remarked that although this was one of the smaller projects to come out of the Feb. 14, 2017 bond issue, it was evident how important the project is to Canyon Ridge and to the district.
The Canyon Ridge band room addition is expected to be finished before the 2017-2018 school year is over. A ground breaking was held in June for a new elementary school and intermediate school which are set to open for the 2018-2019 school year.