My students need a utility cart in order to move their Concert Band instruments and equipment.
Have you ever felt the thrill of playing in a band? You're surrounded by amazing sounds-- flutes, clarinets, trumpets, saxophones, drums. But wait! We need our instruments! They're in the basement, and we practice upstairs, in the auditorium!
I teach instrumental music to middle school age students in a large, inner city, high poverty, K-8 school.
Most are from immigrant families that are working hard to make a success in this country, but have no resources for extra activities like music. Our students spend a large part of the school day learning math and reading, yet love music and want to play in the band. Due to budget cuts in NJ, music was completely eliminated three years ago, and we've been re-building the program for our students. However, we still don't have a classroom. We keep our instruments locked in the basement and have to transport them up and downstairs throughout the day. Our students are mostly 10-12 years old, and still growing. They are getting better and better at playing their instruments, but carrying them is a problem.
A rolling cart would be awesome! Students wouldn't have to carry large, heavy instruments (like baritone horn, tenor saxophone, and bass clarinet) up and down the stairs. Instead, they would be able to put them on the rolling cart and send them in the elevator. They would also be able to move large percussion instruments (like glockenspiel), music folders, and other equipment.
Your donation will help our young musicians focus their attention on practicing, rehearsing, and performing, rather than moving instruments.
It will help them on their journey to becoming a cohesive musical group, and continue their collective adventure, working together, building team spirit, and playing for their own enjoyment as well as the enjoyment of those who listen to them play. Concert Band will become an experience to remember all of their lives. Your donation will make this happen.
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