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Mrs. Lucas from Derby CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Hot Cross Buns Again? We Need New Music!

My students need beginning band music so that we can perform dynamic and accessible concerts.

  • $172 goal

This project expired on December 28, 2014.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

If you hear a quality piece of music, what do you do? You probably will tap your foot, smile, or sing along. Now imaging being stuck playing the same old beginning band music like "Hot Cross Buns." Imagine being in the audience at that concert!

In our school, we have a beginning band of about forty students.

For many of them, this is their first experience with an extracurricular activity. These students love playing an instrument and are so excited to prepare for our performances. Every year, we are restricted by our very small library of music, much of which is outdated or too difficult for beginning students. This year, there is a big push for our music programs to be actively involved in our community. I believe that it is very important to start this with our elementary beginning band. If we have a strong beginning band program, it will help our entire district's music department to build a strong community presence.

My Project

The "First Performance" series is a wonderful set of beginning band music. With both complete sets, our band would gain about twenty new pieces that they could play at our concerts. Currently, we are very restricted by our small library, and there aren't a lot of options for the new band to play. The books would be used immediately with our beginning and second year students for our upcoming winter concert. The music within these books are from a range of styles, and many of them have a fun spin to them. I know that the students would really get excited about playing pieces like that! As we start to have more dynamic and interesting concerts, students will start to get more excited about our band program. This will help with recruitment in future years. In addition, as our concerts have more variety, our audiences will become more engaged and hopefully will even increase in size! This will help our band and school to become more recognized within the community.

My students love being part of the school band.

Every time I watch them learn a new note, or play through a new song for the first time, I can't help but be inspired by the joy on their faces. These kids deserve quality, accessible music that they can get excited about!

Mrs. Lucas
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 40 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Standard Of Excellence First Performance Plus-COND SCORE • Woodwind and Brasswind $22.45 1 $22.45
First Performance Conductor's Score • Woodwind and Brasswind $19.95 1 $19.95
First Performance Alto Sax • Woodwind and Brasswind $6.95 1 $6.95
First Performance Trumpet • Woodwind and Brasswind $6.95 1 $6.95
First Performance Clarinet • Woodwind and Brasswind $6.95 1 $6.95
First Performance Timpani/Percussion • Woodwind and Brasswind $6.95 1 $6.95
First Performance Flute • Woodwind and Brasswind $6.95 1 $6.95
First Performance Plus 1st/2nd Eflat Alto Sax Book • Woodwind and Brasswind $6.95 1 $6.95
First Performance Plus 1st/2nd Bflat Trumpet/Cornet Book • Woodwind and Brasswind $6.95 1 $6.95
First Performance Plus Drums & Mallet Percussion Book • Woodwind and Brasswind $6.95 1 $6.95
First Performance Trombone/Baritone Bc/Bassoon • Woodwind and Brasswind $5.95 1 $5.95
Standard Of Excellence First Performance Plus-FRENCH HORN • Woodwind and Brasswind $5.35 1 $5.35
First Performance Oboe • Woodwind and Brasswind $4.95 1 $4.95

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