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All About Mr. Rome

Haley Hartmann, Crown Staff

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Mr. Rome, the band and choir teacher, has been teaching at Marian since the fall of 1986. Before coming to Marian, Mr. Rome taught at a grade school for about 11 years, making this his 41st year teaching! Surprisingly, he planned on becoming a dentist until his senior year of high school, when his private trumpet teacher “made teaching someone an instrument look like so much fun.”

Mr. Rome’s love for music began very early in his life. At the age of 5, he started to play the trumpet. Then in high school, he taught 6 or 7 private trumpet students outside of school at his parent’s house. He also played in a 3 piece group for 2 years, and played at weddings and private parties on the weekends. Mr. Rome explained that it was through that experience that he realized he enjoyed teaching more than playing.

Although the music department is filled with newer equipment and has an amazing classroom, it hasn’t always been that way. The music program has grown and evolved from Mr. Rome’s teaching into a very important part of the school and its activities. When he first walked into the classroom, the music room was “a disaster, with just a pile of folding chairs in the middle of the floor and music was just kept in cardboard boxes in the corner.” This was definitely not like what we have now. At that time, there were only 8 kids in band and 12 in choir, so there weren’t enough people to do any after school activities. After a couple of years, however, the music program expanded and started getting involved in the spring musical by being in the pit, as well as playing in many after school events.

Following many years of development, the music program is one of the highlights of Marian Central. Nevertheless, it wouldn’t have been possible without Mr. Rome. His dedication both inside and outside the classroom has been evident to many. “I just want to come to school and make music. That makes me happy,” explains Mr. Rome. He speaks very highly of his students and says, “I love the students here, I love my kids.” When asked about his favorite memory at Marian he answered, “the kids’ love for their music” and “to watch them succeed.” It is always very rewarding for him to see his former students follow through with their music when they leave. Although the school “has gotten more technical and has grown in size,” Mr. Rome says,” the students are still the same, fantastic kids.”

Mr. Rome’s one goal before he leaves is “that we have a good solid music program to hand off to the next person.” He has certainly done that, and much more.

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