Keeping The Blues Alive

X is for Xylophone!

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Adding Pitch to Elementary Percussion

Wichita Falls, TX – Thanks to your donations, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation donated a brand new xylophone to John Tower Elementary School!

“This elementary is one of 2 elementary schools that serve a military base so a high percentage of the students are connected to the military. This creates a high turnover rate as well as parents who are deployed. In addition, there is an international presence with students from Italy, Greece and other allied nations,” states Mrs. Richison, the school’s music teacher.

Over 500 students rotate through the music room every four days; That is a lot of instruction needed to go around!

“Last year was the first year in a very long time that students actually were able to play instruments. Kinder students learned to play quarter notes and rests. Fifth graders excelled at sixteenth notes. These students have created their own original compositions, had drum war competitions, and created their own grade concerts. They are creative and love to share the gift of music.”

Music students are ready to add pitch to their percussion ensembles.

“Last year we focused on learning rhythms but only with non-pitched instruments. Our goal this year is to actually do percussion ensemble pieces and add them to our class programs.”

When students create moments of inspiration for themselves and others through the gift of music they discover their talents and empower themselves to excel.

“For the best musical experience, a xylophone will not only enhance student performances but also prepare them for middle school band. In addition, a xylophone will give students an immediate connection to their piano skills,” she adds.

Thanks to the donations of Joe Bonamassa fans and music lovers, students will be able to continue enhancing their ability to recognize melodies, song structure and scales!

Mrs. Richison expresses her gratitude:

Dear Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, Inc.,

I am so greatly grateful for your donation and so excited to take the music at our school to a new level. We will immediately be working on our Veteran’s Day and Christmas programs and this new xylophone will make a great start for this new school year. Again, THANK YOU!!!!

With gratitude,
Mrs. Richison

If you would like to help us fund next week’s project, please click here to make a small donation!

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