KTBA Donates Tuners and Hardware to High School Orchestra
Winston Salem, NC – Thanks to your donations, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation donated tuners, endpin anchors and rests for the string department at Atkins Academic Tech High School!
For the Atkins Orchestra, students are brilliant, driven and love music but many cannot afford the tools and equipment needed to excel in their musical studies.
Without a school or district budget for arts and music programs, every purchase is a result of fundraising.
“Our school serves students 9-12 with some of the most rigorous academic programs in our state,” Mr. Lars Holmberg, the school’s music director explains. “We are a STEM magnet school (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and our students are hungry for even more.”
As a magnet school, Atkins serves students from all over the county as well as surrounding areas who choose to commute for the academic program they offer. Mr. Holmberg is responsible for band and orchestra, equally.
“This includes students from all walks of life: single parent homes, first generation citizens, each one an exceptional child and students all working together in this wonderful environment,” Holmberg adds.
In order for these students to reach their potential, the orchestra requires tuners – one for every pair of musicians so that they can maintain pitch throughout the rehearsals and performances. “Additionally, endpin anchors and rests will enable every student using them to physically release tension and use proper technique while playing their instrument,” the orchestra director explains. “As my students grow into being truly wonderful young musicians they will be able to focus on their personal musicianship.”
Thanks to the donations of Joe Bonamassa fans and music lovers like YOU, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation was able to meet their needs and provide assistance to the Atkins Orchestra program.
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