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Ms. Martinez from New Orleans LA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Swingin' Jazz Band Seeks Drum Set

My students need a drum set to build technique and facilitate more authentic music making experiences within our studies and performance of jazz, blues, and other styles.

  • $820 goal

This project expired on September 20, 2011.

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My Students

"Like a song without words, a nest without birds, a plane without wings, a violin without strings..." to quote from a great Billie Holiday and Lester Young collaboration, no jazz band can swing to their full potential without a proper drum set. Help us take flight with the right gear!

My scholars and I come together in a learning community dedicated to a creative arts focus.

Ours is a full inclusion public elementary school in Louisiana serving grades PreK-4. Our student body is 96% African American, 4% Anglo and 1% Hispanic. 98% qualify for free or reduced lunch. Since we are an open enrollment charter school, scholars come from all over the region to attend classes together. Many of them have musicians in their families or participate in deep-rooted community music traditions themselves. Many of our graduates have gone forward to study music, a few even making successful careers out of it. Our sister middle school boasts jazz and concert bands that rival area high school bands. Our scholars, like our city, live and breathe music and dance; they are hungry to explore and experience all that they can when it comes to performing. We also provide full-time visual art instruction and enrichment opportunities in drama and athletics for certain grades.

My Project

To date, our young musicians have been making do with a rickety secondhand hi-hat and a beat up old snare for classes and rehearsals, and begging and borrowing supplementary gear for concerts. It is exciting to think of what our 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders could do if properly equipped from the downbeat! Having a complete, high quality drum set would allow hundreds of scholars each year to augment their music study with opportunities to practice more complex rhythms and the total body coordination required to successfully perform them. Such equipment would be immediately and forever useful in general music classes and beginning band as we play through repertoire in the jazz, blues, funk, zydeco, R&B, and other styles representing essential threads in the fabric of our regional music.

Many of our scholars live at or near the poverty line and yet are growing up in a community that has an abundant wealth of creativity and a rich musical culture.

In designing our music learning space, my intention has been to create for them an oasis where their innate musicianship may be educed and nurtured, and in which they may be inspired to strive for a higher standard of excellence in both music and in life. Your generous support to better equip us in this cause would do a world of good.

Ms. Martinez
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 150 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
• Woodwind & Brasswind $148.04 1 $148.04
• Woodwind & Brasswind $156.29 1 $156.29
• Woodwind & Brasswind $147.83 1 $147.83
• Woodwind & Brasswind $147.83 1 $147.83

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