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Spaulding High music icons Houston and Richardson to retire

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In the summer of 1984, Joanne Houston joined the faculty of Spaulding High School. She, the new director, found there were 32 students signed up for the band. She made some calls and increased the number to 55 when school started. Within a year she started working with the chorus. For her first department trip, she took the students to Washington D.C. It was the first of many annual trips.

Several years later Cheryl Richardson, an elementary music teacher, joined the music staff. For the next 18 years Joanne, Cheryl, and Ron Goodwin collaborated to grow the Spaulding music program to hundreds of students in chorus, band, and other endeavors.

Steadily through the years, each part of the program grew. They created The Christmas Village – an annual event that has entertained thousands of local residents, involving hundreds of students who performed, drawing the audiences into skits based all over the world, and always with a message.

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