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Locally Made Monday - Byran Muñoz, East Noble Bands

Sometimes locally made comes in the form of sweet sounding music.

And this week, that sound is coming from Kendallville and East Noble High School.

Posted: Oct. 30, 2017 4:14 PM
Updated: Nov. 7, 2017 2:36 PM

Sometimes locally made comes in the form of sweet sounding music.

And this week, that sound is coming from Kendallville and East Noble High School.

IPFW grad Bryan Muñoz is a prime example of locally-produced talent that is using his gift to inspire and educate local children.

WFFT's Andrew Logsdon shows us how in this week's Locally Made Monday.

"I think, everybody's wanting to make the world a better place, our country a better place, and I'm just a firm believer that you start right where you're planted," Muñoz says.

When IPFW music grad Bryan Muñoz took over as East Noble Performing Arts Chair and Head Band Director he knew he had a lot of work to do.

"We started with around sixty kids when I came in in 2011. Now we're up to 165 kids. We offer marching band, obviously, but we have virtually one hundred percent participation in our solo and ensemble program. We offer jazz band, winter guard, winter percussion. Now indoor winds. We have great retention. We keep virtually every student from eighth grade to high school," Muñoz says.

Muñoz grew up in Fort Wayne, stayed in the region for his education, and is staying to teach local kids for the past seven years in Kendallville.

That local investment is turning into success.

"East Noble is incredibly supportive to make something successful. So they've invested in the arts long before I ever got here to make sure we could be successful, and we had the tools to be successful... It's the kids, first and foremost, and the school corporation, and the community has just poured so much support into this," Muñoz says.

And speaking of the kids-

They know how to play their part as well.

"And we're really trying to develop student leaders, and so we rely heavily on our older kids to, kind of, train the next generation on that paradigm... And yes the success has been a result of the kids' hard work and a lot of determination," Muñoz says.

Find out more about the East Noble High School music program at-
http://www.eastnoblebands.com/

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