The Science and Technology High School in Springfield, Massachusetts has its problems – its dropout rates are so high and its standard test scores so low that the state rates it Level 4. At Level 5 the state has the right to take over the school if it doesn’t
make measurable improvements within three years. But the school band (yes, the school band) has proven an unlikely ray of hope and a source of pride for SciTech, and for the city of Springfield. Eight years ago the band didn’t exist – today, under the leadership of the young, charismatic and decidedly nerdy Gary Bernice, the 500-member band is flourishing. And while the school graduation rate remains a disheartening forty-five percent, band members who last at least a year with the band graduate at a rate of ninety-five percent.
Director/Producer: Lawrence Hott
A Production of Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc.
This cast and crew consists of over 500 talented contributors! Please see the film website for all names – and all the contributors that made this documentary possible!