By Jayme Taylor, Communications Manager
The Lochburn Middle School and Clover Park High School band programs received several new instruments from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation that will be used by students who could not afford to purchase or repair their own instruments.
Judy Malmin, band director at Lochburn, and Dennis Dearth, band director at Clover Park, each submitted extensive applications to the Foundation to receive the instruments. Lochburn will receive 23 instruments—a drum set, six flutes, six trumpets, six alto saxophones and four trombones. Clover Park received six instruments—a sousaphone, a bari saxophone, three trumpets and a tenor saxophone.
“It was my birthday when I found out we received the grant and it was the greatest present I could have received,” said Dearth, who has taught at Clover Park for the past 33 years. “The joy on my student’s faces as they played the new instruments was incredible. It’s hard to have pride in your music if your instrument falls apart during the performance, which actually happened at this year’s Daffodil Parade.”
The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation works to keep music alive in schools and communities by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs, giving children the many benefits of music education, helping them to be better students and inspiring creativity and expression through playing music.
“All the research shows that students involved in music study do better in their other academic classes and testing,” said Malmin. “Playing in a band is a fun way to exercise the brain and create something wonderful with other people. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students.”