Walla Walla Valley Bands erred

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A passionate member of our organization recently submitted a letter to the editor critiquing the Union-Bulletin and other media outlets for failing to mention our involvement in a performance at Whitman College this spring, as well as a general lack of coverage of the Walla Walla Valley Bands. I’m embarrassed to admit, this goes both ways and sometimes the error can be a result of the organization itself.

This last Sunday, there was a concert scheduled in Pioneer Park at 3 p.m. We were originally slated to be hosting the Yakima Valley Community Band in an exchange performance, but logistics interrupted that process, and the concert was canceled months ago. We ceased advertising the concert, but neglected to update the media that kept our performance on their many concert and event calendars, including the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.

As it turns out, we received calls about the confusion as an audience descended on Pioneer Park with no band to perform for it.

As the director, this ultimately falls on my shoulders, and I am quite embarrassed we did not communicate clearly enough about the cancellation, especially within weeks of a letter being published admonishing the media and general community for not better supporting various local arts organizations.

To those who showed up, even in the face of unsettling weather, I sincerely apologize for your inconvenience and promise that we will do better to ensure that our information is as current as possible. After all, we can’t complain that we don’t get coverage for events if we provide incorrect information.

If you did come to Pioneer Park for the performance, please contact me at ron@wwvalleybands.org and we will provide you with a ticket voucher for admission at one of our traditional major concerts held in October, December, March and April.

Ron McHenry

Walla Walla

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