When reached at his home immediately before the show, outgoing band director
DuBois, whose contract was not renewed for the 2014-15 school year, sent an email
School officials, responding to parent concerns that there wouldn't be an end-of-year participation ceremony, worked to arrange the
Although DuBois has been teaching, he said his intention in taking down the band website and canceling events -- including a visit from a world-renowned composer funded through an
"When I was informed, immediately my primary concern was what is in the best interest of these students?" DuBois said. "The only thing I could do at that point to try to help the program was to try to get that next person in as quickly as possible ... I can't control how fair they are to that person or persons, except to not do anything further that might compromise that person's ability to try to make decisions in the best interest of the program."
The decision not to continue the program as it was, however, lead to many rumors around campus, students said. They weren't sure what was true, and it seems parents have many different versions as well. For his part, DuBois said he previously decided not to discuss the matter publicly because he didn't think that directly benefited his students.
District officials said the search for a replacement has begun and Dubois still is employed and is being paid through the end of the school year.
"District and school administrators are working with the students, parents, and band boosters to continue the band activities and programs throughout the rest of the year since the band director has chosen to no longer support them," district officials said in a prepared statement.
District officials have not made public a reason for letting DuBois go.
"Decisions to renew an employee's annual contract are not taken lightly and are always made with the best interest of students in mind. There was no exception in the case of
DuBois doesn't know why, either.
"All I could discern from their choice was the directions in which I had taken things was not what was wanted," DuBois said. "It's really not about me anymore, but despite being in this position, a lot of my heart is still in this program with these kids, and it always will be."
DuBois is the second band director to leave the school in the past three years.
"It's kind of an awkward situation," Zacarias said. "I have no idea why (DuBois wasn't renewed); we've heard it has to do with the music not being current. That's honestly what we thought when
DuBois taught the marching band to play music from the Phantom of the Opera, and as an extension of a band trip to
Zacarias, a baritone player, said music is music and band is more about celebrating familial atmosphere than critiquing which performance is most lively during football game halftime shows.
Many students described DuBois as a dedicated teacher and director who wanted his students to get the best possible education.
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