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KTBA Donates New Percussion Mallets to Middle School Students

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Thanks to your donations, KTBA purchased brand new percussion mallets for the music students at John Adams Middle School in Albuquerque, NM!

“My students truly want to be pushed as musicians despite the challenges they face in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood and rotating band directors,” MR. Hill explains. Mr. Hill teaches music at John Adams Middle School.

“When I arrived at this school, my eighth graders begged me to give them more difficult music this year even if there was a risk that they wouldn’t be able to fully master it. The end result has been that they feel they have learned more and improved more this year than in previous ones. However, much still needs to be done to make the program one that provides to tools necessary for student success.”

As a Title I school in New Mexico with recently reduced school funding, it is extremely challenging to replace materials, instruments, and music in a timely fashion. This has proven to be more difficult as many of the percussion mallets were either damaged or stolen under the previous director.

“The funds raised from this project will be used to replace broken and missing mallets for bass drum, gong, timpani, and mallet percussion,” Mr. Hill adds. “In doing this, I have the ability to keep my percussion students more engaged through the introduction of more instruments beyond snare, bass, and cymbals.”

Thanks to the generosity of Joe Bonamassa fans and music lovers like YOU, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation was able to fund Mr. Hill’s music project; KTBA will supply John Adams Middle School with new percussion mallets.

Mr. Hill expresses his gratitude:

Dear Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, Inc., Thank you for supporting our project. With your kind assistance, I am now able to provide my students with much needed mallets. I can’t wait to give my students the good news! Thank you for your support of music education. You’ve made a big difference in the lives of my percussion students. With gratitude,
Mr. Hill

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 60,000 students.

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