Lowell Area Schools - Instrument Grant 2016
Organized by: Lowell Music-Boosters
The Lowell Area Schools Band program has a unique opportunity to help improve our band programs. The Lowell Community Fund, in partnership with Lowell Area Schools has offered a 2:1 matching grant for our programs. For every dollar we raise, the Fund will match with two. Why is this important? On your way to work this morning, did you listen to the radio? Was it music? How about now, while you are reading this letter? Is there background music? Music forms the soundtrack of our lives. What would a wedding or a birthday party be without music? Inspiring and growing the next generation of musicians is what we have dedicated our lives to. Every day the next possible John Williams, Louis Armstrong, or James Galway comes to class in the Lowell Area Schools. It is the job of our excellent band directors Tim Haan and Kate Bredwell to nurture and guide them. As the parents of music students can attest to, instrumental music programs are not inexpensive. Both for the schools and for the families of the young musicians. Often times band programs require instruments that are either very expensive (more than a typical family could afford), or special use (not used year round). In some cases there are students that desire to participate in the music program, but simply cannot afford to purchase or rent an instrument. To fill these needs our band program maintains a stock of instruments available to students that fall into those and other use cases. The useful life of a typical band instrument is 16-20 years. Many of the instruments in our stock are between 20 and 30 years old. Some are approaching 40. At this age the instruments simply begin to fail. This grant will allow us to purchase replacement instruments as well as some new items we have never had. We are asking today for your support. If you are interested in helping us please make a donation today. Thank you very much for your time, and for helping keep the music playing in Lowell.