The walls aren’t being torn down and the room’s not being expanded, but the work happening inside the Iowa Falls-Alden High School band room this summer will be an improvement for those who’ve grown accustomed to its now-formerly shabby ambiance.

Iowa Falls-Alden Band

The Iowa Falls School Board has been considering what to do about the high school's cramped and dated band room. Originally, it considered a renovation and expansion of the room. Now, the Board is considering a larger project, which would build a new band room, expand the school's shop classroom, and construct a second gym.

The inadequacy and condition of the high school’s band and choir rooms have been a topic of discussion in at least a dozen school board meetings going back almost two years. In 2018, band director Jeff Schmitt asked the board to consider updating and expanding the room. The program has grown in recent years, pushing uniform storage into the hallway, and making it difficult for students to move around safely. Beyond that, the space was looking run-down.

IFAHS Band Room

The Iowa Falls-Alden High School band has grown in recent years. Today, it numbers more than 100 students, which is the most in at least 20 years. Director Jeff Schmitt said the room, which has gone without renovations for decades, doesn't have adequate storage to accommodate the students' instruments, music and uniforms.

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