Kunkle to accompany band to New York
By DAVE McMILLION
Former North Hagerstown High School band director Noel T. Kunkle will help organize the group's stay in New York City during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, although one school official said Kunkle should not be going.
"That's news to me. All I'm going to say is he's not supposed to be there," said Robert L. Kline, vice president of the Washington County Board of Education.
Kline would not elaborate.
Current band director Kurt Widmann, however, said Kunkle is a private citizen and is free to do what he wants.
"We're not a communist country. He's a free citizen," said James Connor, co-president of the North High Band Boosters.
"We do live in America," said Board of Education President B. Marie Byers.
Kunkle, who led North High to nine straight state band championships and a 1991 performance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, did not return to work this year, but school officials would not say why.