By DAVE McMILLION
Noel T. Kunkle, North Hagerstown High School's band director, retired Tuesday, and assured the community the award-winning band will be fine without him.
Kunkle, who has been a local band director for 31 years, did not return to school this year, but school officials declined to say why.
Kunkle, 53, would say only that he's leaving "for personal reasons."
"No rumors help anybody. I'm not going to comment on it," said Kunkle.
School board members said little about Kunkle's retirement. Board President B. Marie Byers said it was Kunkle's "personal choice" to retire.