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Mrs. Washington from Dongola IL is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Power to the Percussion Section

My students need a variety of percussion instruments, sticks, and hardware to continue becoming better musicians.

  • $2,331 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

“Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand.” Carl Orff. I want to involve every student in the school band to their full potential, even the percussionists.

My students are intelligent, excited, talented learners in a small rural school.

They take on challenges with patience and dedication and the end product is always their best. Band is a safe and healthy place for them to be involved, learn to cooperate as a group, and become productive leaders and citizens. Since I started teaching at this school, I have seen an increased excitement for music which has led to nearly 50% of eligible students joining band. That's an incredible number for a school with fewer than 300 students in K-12! However, with that growth comes the issue of not enough quality equipment - especially for percussionists.

My Project

My percussion students are some of the most dedicated, caring, and hardworking students you will find. They have worked hard for several years with very few tools with which to work, and many of the instruments they do have are of poor quality. As a percussionist myself, I have brought my own mallets, cymbals, and toy instruments into my classroom several times and the students have treated them with utmost care.

With new instruments, sticks, and hardware, my students will continue to grow as percussionists.

Every time they are forced to use broken mallets, cracked drums, or instruments with holes in them they are implicitly told they are not worth having new, quality, instruments. They still show up and do their best day after day, going above and beyond my expectations every time. The items I am requesting will repair those quality things the school owns that need some TLC, will replace some things that are way beyond repair, and will provide the tools for future generations of percussionists to excel.

By supporting this project, you are allowing students in a small town who are use to getting the short end of the (drum)stick experience music and percussion the way they deserve - on instruments that are in one piece.

Mrs. Washington
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Concert Bass Drum • Woodwind and Brasswind $798.99 1 $798.99
ZBT Pro Cymbal Set with Free 14" ZBT Crash • Woodwind and Brasswind $319.95 1 $319.95
Tilting Concert Bass Drum Stand with Footrest • Woodwind and Brasswind $257.99 1 $257.99
9600 Series Round Vinyl Drum Throne • Woodwind and Brasswind $89.95 1 $89.95
TG01 General Bass Drum Mallets • Woodwind and Brasswind $87.99 1 $87.99
System Blue Scott Johnson Marching Snare Drum Sticks • Woodwind and Brasswind $10.29 8 $82.32
M6 / M7 Hard Phenolic Keyboard Mallets • Woodwind and Brasswind $22.49 2 $44.98
M5 Rubber Mallets • Woodwind and Brasswind $20.49 2 $40.98
UV1 Bass Drum Head • Woodwind and Brasswind $39.99 1 $39.99
Resonant Black Bass Drumhead • Woodwind and Brasswind $38.25 1 $38.25
General Timpani Mallets • Woodwind and Brasswind $36.45 1 $36.45
G2 Coated Drumhead Pack • Woodwind and Brasswind $34.95 1 $34.95
Hazy 300 Snare Side • Woodwind and Brasswind $12.95 2 $25.90
G12 Coated White Batter Drumhead • Woodwind and Brasswind $11.89 2 $23.78

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