Henryville High School band fills halls with music 1 year after tornado

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by Brooke Katz

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 27 at 2:41 PM

HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Cheerful music once again fills the halls of Henryville High School after the school was ripped apart nearly a year ago by a deadly EF4 tornado - healing has replaced heartache.

"It impacted the band as a whole," Kaitlyn Maloney, a senior in the Henryville Golden Band, said. "We had to learn how to adjust to the new situation."

The tornado ripped the roof off the band room and destroyed much of the equipment inside, but no winds were powerful enough to destroy the students' spirits.

"Everybody came out to help each other," Maloney said.

Shanna Ledbetter, the band director at Henryville High School, has been there for 22 years.

She said it was a moment of joy for her when the band sign went up outside their brand new school. The tornado was a devastating experience, but it was one the students learned from.

"It has been much easier to teach them because they appreciate what they have more," Ledbetter said.

Visit our Kentuckiana Tornado section for a look back at the devastation caused by the storms on March 2 that blew through Kentuckiana.

 

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