Pretty much, Chris, it comes down to this. My little brother is going to be a freshman this year in band. He came home from that meeting today, and didn't know rather or not to be upset about the situation since he's never been able to experience it. My brother knows he's a loser, who's going to probably going to get picked on quite a bit, but that's part of the band experience. It happens to everyone. But the fact that he doesn't realise what he's missing out on upsets me even more.
However, just because I'm not inrolled in the school anymore doesn't mean that I don't care about what happens there. Band was a huge part of my life...the people who are still there who we love who are missing out on these great opportunities, THAT'S why we care.
That's why they're getting that auditorium in a few years, and the school fixed up. Because enough of us still care about the place where we grew up to not say, "Oh well, it won't affect me, why should I care?"