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Future of Brooklyn Marching Band at Stake

Future of Brooklyn Marching Band at Stake

Future of Brooklyn Marching Band at Stake

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Residents and community officials rallied outside a Brooklyn middle school to protest a decision to limit the after-school marching band program.
The Soul Tigers marching band aims to help kids forge a better future for themselves. 
 
21 year-old Andrew Duhanuy drummed with the band as a teen. He says it kept him off the wrong path.
 
"It's not really just a band, it's more of a family," he said.
 
But band director Kenyatte Hughes says that family's in danger. He says J.H.S. 292, which has lent out practice space to the band for over a decade, is now demanding Soul Tigers pay for a permit to use it. 
 
Hughes says that could force the band to relocate. 
 
"We have a lot of young students now, and they might not be able to get to wherever the program moves to," he said.  "[The relocation] is going to end [the program] for this community."
 
Hughes says he's looking into the best possible options for the program to move forward. 
 
J.H.S. 292 has yet to respond to a request for comment.