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Owasso High School's fine arts program offers a voice for students

Posted at 8:25 PM, Sep 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-13 21:25:19-04

OWASSO, Okla. — Owasso High School has a thriving fine arts program that includes speech, choir, theater and band.

"We have about 75% of our students enrolled in a fine arts course, K-12, which is about 7,500 students." said Chris Barber, director of fine arts at Owasso Public Schools.

Barber explains these programs allow students to be apart of something bigger than themselves by getting them off their computers and phones for a little bit to create real relationships.

"The important thing about being involved in the arts program is that it gives kids a place to have a voice," Barber said. "Not every answer in the world is a formula or can be written down."

Whether it be on the stage putting their hearts and soul into a school production or singing at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2018, it is an experience Barber says he will never forget.

The band is not only getting ready for a special show Friday, but they were also chosen to marching down a California street Jan. 1, 2020.

"It is really exciting to get to go back to the Tournament of Roses Parade," said Chris Harris, director of bands at Owasso Public Schools.

Band member Madalyn Heinrichs explains, "To have someone judge us and say yes we want that band, that's really an honor for us."

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