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Chances are if you played an instrument at Northview High School in the last 32 years, Gene Bohland was your teacher. Now Bohland is putting down his director's baton.
"Of course it's bittersweet," he said. "I'm going to miss the kids. I'm going to miss the people the most."
Bohland has spent 35 years as a band director, 32 at Northview, but now he is retiring. Tuesday was his last concert.
"I love kids, they're the future," he said. "I love music. Put the two together and it doesn't get any better than that."
Next year, Bohland's shoes will be filled by Associate Band Director Nathan Heath.
"I've had the opportunity and the privilege over the last two years to be Mr. Bohland's associate director," Heath said. "I feel that I have that same momentum. The students and I get along very well and I'm excited that we're going to continue that momentum and continue that legacy that he started."
Although he's retiring, the music won't stop for Bohland.
"There will be lots of golf involved," he said. "I will continue to play my trumpet and be involved with music, though."
The performing arts center at Northview was packed with current and former students, parents and teachers Tuesday night, all wanting to be there for Bohland's final curtain call.