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KTBA Donates Marching Snare Drums to Middle School

Marching Orders for Clio Students

CLIO, SOUTH CAROLINA – Thanks to your donations, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation donated three (3) brand new Power-Lite Marching Snare Drums to the music program at Clio Elementary Middle School in Clio, SC!

“I love that my students are very excited about band and instrumental music,” says Mr. Michael Burrage, music teacher at Clio Elementary Middle School. “They really want to learn how to play wind and percussion instruments. I [have] encouraged them to attend many instrumental performances such as the football games and orchestra concerts. I love that they meet me everyday and consistently ask, ‘Can we learn to play band and orchestra instruments?’ I love their drive and ambition.”

These students are fast learners and are very dedicated to learning to play instruments. The 4th and 5th grade students very inquisitive and ambitious.


Dear Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, Inc.,

Thank you for the snare drums. The students are using the resources in learning cooperative and teamwork skills in instrumental music education. They marched in a parade and performed in the school’s Christmas program. This year, they will participate in many school functions and district school functions. The students reaction were in amazement . They couldn’t believe that we have snare drums and equipment to perform. The next steps of the classroom projects is to get more wind instruments and string instruments to develop an overall comprehensive instrumental music program (marching band, concert band, jazz band, and orchestra). Again, thank you for everything.

With gratitude,
Mr. Michael L. Burrage

About the Project

“The marching snare drums will make a difference in the students learning by providing them with the means to express themselves. This is accomplished through musical performances at school functions. Students will use – and benefit from – the marching snare drums by developing critical thinking skills and psychomotor skills through band. The goal is for these young musicians and band students to develop comprehensive ways to develop the framework for a lifetime of social and diverse learning through band. These drums will assist with providing students with the opportunity to build character as they have to effectively communicate and build a sense of community that will become evident in all areas of their lives. Through these relationships, we are preparing students to become leaders in their craft and demonstrate a passion for band music.”

Attitude of Gratitude

Thanks to the support of music and Blues lovers around the world, Keeping the Blues Alive funded Mr. Burrage’s marching drums project and he uploaded some photos and an acknowledgment letter to those who helped him achieve his fundraising goal.

Dear Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, Inc.,

Thank you so very much!! We’re beyond grateful for your donation and contribution. The students at Clio Elementary will be forever grateful as to now they can experience band with the necessary and proper resources . Not only that, the community will also be grateful. Again, words can’t express how much this really and truly mean to us.

With gratitude,
Mr. Michael L. Burrage

Let’s Keep it Going

Every week, KTBA donates to a school in need of music instruments, supplies, sheet music, and more. Please consider donating to this cause by clicking HERE.

Thank you for keeping the blues alive!

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