The principal of Central Kitsap High School apologized to the
marching band Thursday for a homecoming game debacle in which the
band’s performance was unceremoniously cut short.
Standing before band members on Linder Field, Stephen Coons
said, “I wanted to come and express my sincere and deepest apology.
It was a regrettable experience and never should have
According to Coons, the homecoming half-time show ran long. The
show begins with a processional of the homecoming court, followed
by the band’s carefully choreographed display. The Washington
Interscholastic Athletic Association allows for an extended
halftime during special events like homecoming, but the performance
had run well beyond the allowed extension, Coons said.
School officials held their own football players back, Coons
said, but they had no authority over the Foss High School players,
who began to stream onto the field to warm up. Parent Heather
McClellan said that was a safety issue, since band members were
marching backward and could have tripped over the football players.
He daughter Mira plays flutes in the band, made up of CKHS and
Klahowya Secondary students.
The musicians were further demoralized when some of the CK
coaches gestured for the band to leave the field so the game could
resume, McClellan said.
As for the parents, “We were pissed,” she said.
Tyler Hunt, activities coordinator, shouldered part of the
blame, saying, “It was unfortunate. Due to my part, it didn’t go as
smoothly as it should. … You guys deserve as much respect as the
Coons acknowledged the band members’ hours of practice to
prepare for the performance and pledged school officials were
taking steps to ensure no such disrespect would ever be shown
again. The band will be acknowledged at tomorrow’s game at
Silverdale Stadium. Parents and friends of students will receive
“I’m very glad he did that,” said McClellan, who observed the
apology with several other parents. “I think it soothed the kids’
feelings. I think it was a great gesture.”
Coons said nothing like this has ever happened at CKHS in the 11
years he’s been there. But unfortunately incidents like this have
happened elsewhere, he said.
“This is a great, hard-working bunch of kids. They really add to
the quality of all our sporting events,’ Coons said. “It pains me
to let them down.”
As band members filed out to the 50-yard line to begin their
drills, one boy shook the principal’s hand and said, “It’s all
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