Keeping the Blues Alive / Blues News  / KTBA Donates Instrument Reeds and Supplies to Middle School Students!

NEWBERRY, SC – Thanks to your donations, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation donated brand new reeds and supplies to the middle school band program at Newberry Middle School!

“My students are hard-working band students!” band director, Ms. Elizabeth Douglass states. “Many come from difficult situations which means their families cannot afford to pay for an instrument – much less, supplies. Many of our students need help purchasing equipment, like reeds and valve oil.”

Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Furman University and a Masters from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. This is her fourth year at Newberry Middle School. 

Click here to learn more about the Newberry Band Program!

Statistics show that more than three-quarters of students attending Newberry Middle School come from low-income households.

“The ability to participate in music can make a world of difference for any student. Money should not prohibit that students from accomplishing that goal.”

Maintenance on a musical instrument is vital to the success of the young musicians.  

“We must have the necessary supplies to ensure our brass players are taking care of their instruments with slide grease and valve oil. Clarinet and Saxophone players need a reed in order to play. These materials ensure that the student is set up for success. The ability to create music begins when students are able to set themselves up for success with the correct materials. Students who struggle financially [deserve to] have the opportunity to have some supplies provided for them to ensure they have a chance to make music, just like their [more fortunate] classmates.”

Thanks to Joe Bonamassa fans and music lovers like YOU, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation supported Ms. Douglass’s music project.  Students will receive new reeds for their instruments as well as valve oil and supplies for the upcoming band season!

Ms. Douglass expresses her gratitude:

Dear Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, Inc.,

Thank you so much! These materials will greatly benefit my students and provide them an opportunity to continue making great music! Many of these students struggle with having food and clothes for themselves so taking this concern away from them will help them focus on music in my class. This is so awesome and I am so thankful.

With gratitude,
Ms. Douglass

Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation is a 501c3 organization that makes a donation to a school in need of music instruments, supplies, sheet music, and more every week!

Your donation helps us to keep music in schools, while preserving blues heritage. Without your support, we would not be able to reach as many students around the country.

We are grateful for your generosity.  To date, KTBA has reached over 63,000 students by sponsoring 400 various music projects! The journey has been incredible!

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