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Mr. Jacques from Phoenix AZ is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Let's Build A Band Program! Trumpets!

My students need two trumpets to play in band class and learn all the basics of music notation and brass playing.

  • $419 goal

This project expired on November 28, 2013.

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My Students

Do you know the feeling you get when you have created something great? Maybe you have painted artwork, chipped away at a sculpture, or written a symphony? Instruments give music students what a blank piece of canvas and paint gives to art students; the ability to create and perform masterpieces!

My students are the businessmen, politicians, scientists, doctors and artists of the future.

This is what I see given their hard work ethic and strong desire to succeed. Many of my students face the challenges of a very difficult life, much more difficult than I and many of my peers faced as children. But they stay strong and believe in what they work for. Many of my students live below poverty, many are the primary care takers of younger siblings and many don't know where the next meal is coming from if it isn't given at school. Yet they blossom and shine brighter than you would ever imagine. They take great care and responsibility for what little they have in the classrooms because quite often it is all they have. We have been graciously using the minimal instruments we have but have maxed out our band numbers because we don't have any more instruments. It will take a lot of time to build a quality program two trumpets at a time; this is the start of something great!

My Project

When I started my current teaching position last year, I was taking over a band program of about 12 kids between the 4th, 5th and 6th grades. In one year I've grown our program to over 30 students. But we have a serious problem, limiting the number of students that get to experience the wonders of playing in band, we're out of instruments. Many of my students live below poverty. They have trouble paying for notebooks and pencils for school, expensive instruments are simply out of the question for many of our families. The hardest part about my job is telling a child that they can't participate in band because we don't have the resources. With over 1000 students at my school, and less than 30 school owned instruments, I have to have that conversation all to often. With two new trumpets, I could have that conversation just two less times this year, it would really make my day, and possibly the life of the student!

Music has the power to change lives for the better.

I know this because it happened to me. Music can keep kids active and learning in school even outside of the music classroom. I've seen the way music can change lives and with your donation, I can show you too. Please consider my students for your donations. My students are some of the most grateful people I have ever met. An investment in these kids will pay back more than any other investment you will ever make. Thank you.

Mr. Jacques
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 32 students.

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ETR-100 Series Student Bb Trumpet • Woodwind and Brasswind $149.99 2 $299.98

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