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Dear Pinellas County Education Board & Administration of Dunedin High.
We have become very concerned AGAIN, regarding the discontinuance of piping at Dunedin High. When concerns were raised months ago, regarding these issues, both the Mayor of Dunedin and State Representative Anderson approached the School Board and the Principal, and both were reassured that Mr. Dykes was not phasing out the pipers.

The current principal, Paul Summa, states in a letter to Tom Anderson, "There are no plans nor have there ever been plans to eliminate or dilute the Scottish tradition at Dunedin High. Our Highlander Band will be wearing kilts and playing bagpipes as long as I am principal of Dunedin High, and beyond, I am sure."

Yet there are no plans to use Dunedin High Pipers in the Dunedin Tattoo in 2006!! In 2005, only one song was played by the pipers! The rest of the time they were marching around looking ridiculous, while the band was maneuvering in formations, and did not play a note. Half-time piping involvement at football games has been reduced greatly since Mr. Dykes came on board, ask anyone in the stands, or any piper parent. This is a major reduction in the use of pipers, whose tradition at Dunedin has been paramount since the late 1950s!

The whole Scottish tradition in Dunedin revolves around the two school bands. The Middle School band feeds the High School band, which then feeds the City of Dunedin Band. The Highland Games, in its 40th year, was started to help support these bands. The Scottish American Society in Dunedin is proud of these bands and also donates funds to assist. The New World Celts, founded in Dunedin, helps support the Games with manpower and provides scholarships to local pipers and dancers to keep the tradition proud. Dunedin is known throughout the state of Florida for its Scottish bands and tradition.

It is very disturbing that this tradition is being tossed aside due to the actions of one man.

We, the undersigned, after hearing words and reading letters stating that nothing was happening, believe our eyes instead, and see the actions, or rather inaction of the pipers, and all of this is occurred after Mr. Dykes came on board.

We ask that Mr. Dykes revert the band back to its greatness by re-including the bagpipe to its former premier status, or to find employment where his obvious dislike for the bagpipes will not upset a half-century of successful tradition!

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  • 11 December 2015699. Roxanne C
  • 08 December 2015698. Andrea P
    I support this petition
  • 07 December 2015697. Karen F
    don't eliminate a very important program
  • 05 December 2015696. Julie B
    I support this petition
  • 01 December 2015695. June Ms
    I support this petition
  • 29 November 2015694. Frederic M
    keep this program strong
  • 27 November 2015693. Joseph S
    I support this petition
  • 16 November 2015692. Jeff W
    The DHS Band IS bagpipes - always has been, always SHOULD be.
  • 31 October 2015691. Knute Emarydm
    As sponsors of Clan Keith at Dunedin.
  • 26 October 2015690. Stan M
  • 24 October 2015689. Lynn Mf
    I support this petition
  • 16 October 2015688. Meghann D
    Ummm...hey, dude, here is a reality check for you. You work at DUNEDIN High School! Getting rid of the pipe band would be like George Bush deciding he didn't like the American Flag. You are an idiot.
  • 11 October 2015687. Kathleen H
    The pipes need to play. They are part of the band, they are part of the tradition. You can't take the pipes out of Dunedin.
  • 25 September 2015686. Kristin Brandt
    I myself are not big on bag pipes but I do argee that if they have been with the school, and tradition then they should stay and be played. Keep them around
  • 09 September 2015685. Jeanette L
    I support this petition
  • 07 September 2015684. Sarah L
    DHS Alumna c/o 2001
  • 01 September 2015683. Brian L
    Music Educator
  • 28 August 2015682. Joel C
    I support this petition
  • 21 August 2015681. Sean B
    This band needs to continue!
  • 15 August 2015680. Christopher Jg
    If we lose all of our traditions, we lose the flavors that make us unique.
  • 09 August 2015679. Julie H
    What kind of ridiculous moron would take these measures to destroy young peoples interests and dreams? This seems to really be unfair to those who worked so hard to get where they were.
  • 08 August 2015678. Dana L
    I support this petition
  • 07 August 2015677. Jahaira H
    I support this petition
  • 06 August 2015676. Amy Ashleyo
    As an alumni of Dunedin High School (1998) and both the Middle and High School Bands, it infuriates me to learn that one man is taking it upon himself to end a tradition that plays such a vital role in the Dunedin Community. The Dunedin High School Band i
  • 05 August 2015675. Danielle Vang
    I support this petition
  • 27 July 2015674. John Sf
    I support this petition
  • 25 July 2015673. Cyndi M
    the pipe and drum band is the key to fundraising for the band program!

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Duedin High School and Pinellas County School Board


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