Budget Cuts Music Programs

June 12, 2013 Updated Jun 12, 2013 at 7:55 AM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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June 12, 2013 Updated Jun 12, 2013 at 7:55 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Officials with the Buffalo Public School System are getting criticized for their decision to cut music education out of 14 of the 28 schools where it is offered.

Many students, teachers and parents are not letting these programs go without a fight. They are rallying to save the programs.

Student Patricia Shields said there are many benefits to having music in the lives of the students.

"You can express yourself through your music. It is fun entertaining and you meet new kids. You just have a blast," Shields said.

All together, 18 instrumental programs have been completely cut or reduced. There have been 10 music teacher who have lost their position and 10 new hires that have been laid off.

The rally is outside Buffalo City Hall at 4:30 p.m. The board meeting starts inside at 5:30 p.m.