Band director faces a tough health challenge

One of the champions of youth in Mariposa County is facing a very difficult health challenge. Dr. Philip Smith, the long-time volunteer Grizzly Band director, has been diagnosed with stage 3 cancer of the esophagus.

Smith is being treated by the Veterans’ Administration, so there is not a financial burden on his family. Family members told the GAZETTE
that Smith’s “real concern seems to be the effect that his loss could have on the band program at MCHS.&r...

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