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Southside band director hired at John Hopkins Middle

Band teacher Chris Touchton, the beloved band director at the now-closed Southside Fundamental Middle School, has a new job: band director at John Hopkins Middle, the fine arts and communications magnet just a few miles away.

“I look forward to this new challenge and the opportunities it will provide,” he wrote in an e-mail to Southside parents this morning. Touchton was featured in a front-page St. Petersburg Times story two weeks ago.

"He's a pied piper, not only for students but parents," Jeanne Reynolds, the district's performing arts supervisor, told the Gradebook this afternoon. Placing him at a fine arts magnet was "the best fit."

John Hopkins' former band director, David Braman, took over the program last September, Reynolds said. He'll be teaching in Pinellas this fall, but it's not clear yet where he'll land.

Ron Matus, State Education Reporter

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:25am]

    

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