My students need the basic materials of an operating instrument such as reeds, drum heads, mouthpieces, books and ligatures. We had our classroom books destroyed in the hurricane. We are slowly getting our equipment back together.
My band students here are the most compassionate and compelling students I have ever taught in my years of teaching. We set goals to meet every year and grow both musically inclined and mentally. I have about 105 band students in my program and the majority of them are in the magnet program here at school.
I always tell my band students "The best band, is the most disciplined band." Without discipline, we will not be the best.
It's easy to get to the top but the hard part is staying at the top. We have look our best, sound the greatest and at the end of the day have fun.
The materials will help start back and grow our band program after hurricane Harvey destroyed some things. Having the basic needs in the classroom such as mouthpieces for instruments, books for the classroom and heads for drums will get the classes going and back playing again.
Students will have the chance to be able to learn and grow then later compete in the UIL festivals because we would have the materials needed to start out with and grow.
My percussionists will be able to play and perform on good working drums at performances instead piecing the instruments together and at least sound like the instrument.
Students wouldn't have to take turns using the instruments due to a shortage of mouthpieces either.
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