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Mr. Ciccone from Trenton NJ is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

We Need Percussion!

My students need a snare drum, glockenspiel, and mallets for both. Having these will make a complete percussion section, making for a complete band. Hearing this will allow the other sections to prosper.

  • $409 goal

This project expired on July 25, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach in an urban district. Having good equipment is a rare occurrence, and having students with families that can afford high-quality equipment is even less likely. With the help of fellow teachers and educators on, I can get my students the equipment they need for a successful music program.

This is my first year in this school, and the resources left to me by the previous teacher reflects the dynamic and environment of the city and urban area.

It also may just be that the previous teacher owned some of these items, and took them upon leaving. I also am without a room, traveling to classrooms and facilities by cart, making my job more challenging. The fact that I travel to rooms will also reflect the project I intend to pitch.

My students are only at my school to learn, prosper, and become better human beings.

My Project

Having these instruments will complete the band, and make even students playing a woodwind or brass instrument a better player just from hearing a complete percussion section. The band will also be able to perform complete published band works since most works call for at least a snare drum and a mallet instrument.

I have chosen some instruments from Woodwind and Brasswind to fill in the gaps where my school falls short.

If I have these instruments in use paired with the existing ones I already have, a rock-solid family of percussion instruments will come to fruition in a concert. The snare drum will solidify the beat, and the orchestra bells will solidify both the rhythm and the pitch.

Drums are a very important part of making a band gel properly. Right now I have two bass drums, but the addition of a snare drum will really change the way the woodwinds and brass perceive rhythm, and the clear, treble voiced sound it makes paired with the bass drums will show them how a full drum section is supposed to sound. The orchestra bells will be a chance to have a pitched percussion instrument in the band, which I am currently unable to offer to my students since the only percussion instruments I have are non-pitched. Many parts in band music have bells in unison with a wind instrument, helping them play their part both with pitch and rhythm.

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

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This project will reach 20 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Student Steel Snare Drum • Woodwind and Brasswind $149.99 1 $149.99
25 Note Bell Kit with Hard Case • Woodwind and Brasswind $79.99 1 $79.99
Payson Concert Bass Drum Mallet • Woodwind and Brasswind $42.99 1 $42.99
12-Pack Drumsticks • Woodwind and Brasswind $39.99 1 $39.99

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