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Mr. Harrington from Chugiak AK is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Casting a Net for Missing Percussion

Help me give my students access to world percussion instruments missing from our percussion inventory

  • $542 goal

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My Students

Our middle school is the northernmost school in the Anchorage School District and was the first 6-8 school in the district in 1997. Since then it has built a reputation for excellence in the arts, athletics, and Spanish Immersion. The band and orchestra programs have traveled out of state several times, competing in festivals and earning top honors and awards.

In years past, the concert band participated in a Disney Studio Soundtrack Clinic and learned the process studio musicians go through to record music for movies, TV, and video games.

They also performed on the U.S.S. Midway in San Diego. Last year, the Concert Band traveled to Hawaii for the first time, performed in a festival and visited Pearl Harbor and the Polynesian Cultural Center.

There are usually 250-300 students in the band program. Most band members are also active student athletes, participating in multiple sports throughout the school year.

My Project

Performance of diverse music requires access to diverse percussion instruments. Twenty-three years of music at our school, and we haven't had access to a djembe. We have substituted other instruments in place, but the sound, and experience of learning the instrument is completely different. Our castanets have fallen into disrepair and are currently held together by winding up a drumstick underneath to hold everything together. Black Swamp percussion makes quality instruments that will withstand the wear and tear of middle school and sound far better than our older, basic set. Students will appreciate updated and missing percussion. Thank you!

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Flareout Djembe Drum, Everglade Green, 13" • Woodwind and Brasswind $279.00 1 $279.00
Castanets • Woodwind and Brasswind $139.00 1 $139.00

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