High school band buys only ‘composers of color’ | Joanne

Kia Muleta is often the only black student in band at Spring Lake Park High. Photo: Evan Frost/MPR News

Band directors at a Minnesota high school include at least one piece by a composer of color and one by a female composer in each band concert, reports NPR.

“We made a commitment this year to only buy music from composers of color,” says Brian Lukkasson, one of the directors at Spring Lake Park High near St. Paul.

The school displays composers’ photos. Photo: Evan Frost/MPR News

It’s difficult to find band music by non-whites, he said. “There’s just not a lot of composers of color…

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