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KTBA Funds Orchestral Library for Students at Yosemite Middle School

FRESNO, CA – Thanks to your donations, Keeping the Blues Alive funded new orchestral repertoire for students at Yosemite Middle School!

How does one manage a music program without music?  This question does not need much of an answer.

In alignment with our mission, Keeping the Blues Alive connected with Yosemite Middle School and collected over a dozen titles for orchestra students to learn the finer aspects of playing as an ensemble.

“My students are truly the best,” Mrs. Dunlop, the school orchestra director exclaims. “They come to my classroom from such diverse backgrounds and cultures and even though I come here to teach them, they teach me new things all the time! They simply amaze me every single day. Our neighborhood is one of very high poverty, and many of my students know the effects that can have all too well.”

However, these students are determined!

“No matter what’s going on in their lives outside of school, many of our kids enjoy coming to school every day. Our school provides a safe place where they feel cared for and respected and a place where they can thrive and not just survive. We provide a place for them to call home up to six days per week thanks to extracurricular programs we provide after school and on Saturdays.”

These extracurricular programs include music programs.  Yosemite Middle has invested into the program over the past few years and now allows students the opportunity to play on an instrument, with no cost to the child or their family. This provides equal opportunity for students to learn and grow within the music program – building lasting relationships not only with themselves and the music they create, but also with their peers.

However, the orchestral repertoire at Yosemite Middle School was lacking.

“Our orchestra sheet music library [was] very small, with some pieces that sounded very old-fashioned and just don’t appeal to 12 and 13-year-olds,” she explains. “There were some high-quality works [of music] in there, but some were missing parts, were too difficult for our current ensembles, or were just falling apart from age or other damage. Adding new, fresh-sounding music to our library would invigorate my orchestra students and inspire them to achieve greater things!”

Thanks to the donations of Joe Bonamassa fans and music lovers across the country, Keeping the Blues Alive funded Mrs. Dunlop’s project to get over a dozen new titles in the orchestral library!

Mrs. Dunlop expresses her gratitude:

Dear Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, Inc.,

Thanks to your generosity, our orchestral music library will grow tremendously! I cannot express how grateful I am and how happy my kids are going to be when I tell them they’ll have new music to play for our final concert. I am incredibly thankful and am looking forward to using this music with ensembles for a very long time.

With gratitude,
Mrs. Dunlop

These pieces of music will be performed at concerts, festivals/contests, and used to enhance sight-reading skills. We look forward to following up with Mrs. Dunlop and her orchestra class in the future!

Every week, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation donates to a school in need of music supplies, sheet music, instruments and more!

To help us reach our goals, please consider making a small donation using our new donation page via Network for Good!

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