Mosley Band will go on

By: Amber Southard Email
By: Amber Southard Email

Panama City - Lynn Haven Police are still investigating allegations of misconduct by a local band director. School officials have placed Mosley High School Band Director, Jamie Birdwell, on administrative leave with pay.

Last Thursday, news surfaced that Moseley High School's Band Director, Jamie Birdwell, is being accused of inappropriate contact with a male minor, sometime this month.

Principal of Mosley High School, Sandy Harrison, says some students were upset by the news and the vagueness of the investigation fueled some concerns.

"There’s a lot of angst, a lot of wonder 'is it true,' there's a ton of rumors," said Harrison.

But the show must go on. The Wind Symphony Band was invited to perform at the 38th annual Southeastern United States Concert and Honor Band Conference at Troy University this week.
And the trip will not be affected by the absence of their band director.

"I think we are the only band in Florida that's been selected to go up and play at the concert, so their quite excited," said Harrison.

Harrison says the band is still practicing just as hard.

"The students are directing themselves. They have a substitute teacher in there, of course, but the students know the program, they know the music, and a lot of them know how to conduct," said Harrison.

The band will not be conducting them selves at the concert in Troy, Alabama. Harrison says two other local band directors will step up including Birdwell’s wife, who is the band director at Mowat Middle School.

"We have other band directors form our high schools. I think the Bozman Band Director is stepping up, and Mrs. Birdwell, who works with our band dancers," said Harrison.

Parents and teachers are invited to attend the concert. Mosley’s "Wind Symphony" band will open the event at 6:15 p.m. on February 3rd.

The Mosley Band has performed around the world including a private performance for the 32 lord mayors of London, England.


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