More than half of students from low‑income households
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Percussion: The Heartbeat of the Band
My students need percussion equipment, like chimes, blocks and mallets, to properly perform traditional band music.
When a song comes on the radio, do you find yourself tapping a foot to the beat? I know I do and the driving force behind that pulse is the percussion. More than any instrument in the band, percussion can make the difference.
My students are a diverse population who share the common interest and passion for music.
They are a tight-knit group and extremely hardworking, attending rehearsals after school and practicing outside of class. Although they dedicate a large amount of time to music, their career choices and activities cover a wide range from Future Farmers of American to elementary education, Future Hispanic Leaders of America to nursing. These students are the leaders of tomorrow.
The additional percussion equipment will allow us to perform more complicated and interesting music. Currently we are missing important instruments, so the music selection process is very carefully done to avoid music that utilizes instruments we do not have access to. In special cases we choose to substitute another percussion instrument or keyboard sound effects to get as close as possible.
Lacking these percussion instruments has a huge impact on the music.
The composer's intent is not communicated clearly without the correct sound. It is very important for authenticity and the integrity of the music that we own and use the correct instruments. Temple blocks and chimes are both extremely expressive and hard to replicate on another instrument, but they are the sound effects that make the music!
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