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Ada-Borup band director Richard Tuttle (top) has digitized most of the sheet music for his elementary and middle school students in his push to altogether eliminate paper sheet music in his classroom. Marino Eccher / The Forum

Students 'boot up' for band practice

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ADA, Minn. - The music stands are out, or at least off to one side. The computer monitors are in. And Richard Tuttle's vision of a paperless band classroom is marching toward reality, one digital quarter-note at a time.

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Welcome to the future, the Ada-Borup band director said.

"I think this is where things are going eventually," he said. "Last year, the fifth and sixth grade and the junior high pretty much didn't use paper sheet music."

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