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North Grenville DHS Receives $10,000 Band Aid Grant

North Grenville District High School Receives
$10,000 Band Aid Grant From CARAS Musi
C ounts Program


North Grenville District High School students play Djembe African drums

(Pictured above: North Grenville District High School music students have benefitted from a $10,000 Band Aid grant the school received through the CARAS MusiCounts program. The grant was used to buy 10 new Djembe African drums and other instruments, as well as to repair others.)

By Mark Calder

(Kemptville) North Grenville District High School has rejuvenated its music program after receiving a $10,000 Band Aid grant through the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) MusiCounts program.

The money has been used to purchase new instruments and to repair and restore aging ones, bringing new life to the North Grenville program, said Heather Lance, intermediate music teacher.

“I’m thrilled to see our aging instruments repaired and being used and to have new instruments added to our programs,” said Lance. “It brings new life to our existing programs and opens the door to developing new ones. Our students are definitely excited to have instruments that are in good working condition.”

The money was used to purchase 10 new Djembe African drums for the school’s popular big baNG drumming group, two new flutes, and two clarinets. A new set of bass bars – a seven-piece bass xylophone set – will also enhance the sound of the school’s newly formed xylophone group known as the “16 th Notes.”

Most importantly, the grant funded $4,000 in repairs to 39 musical instruments, including fixing broken keys, straightening rods, replacing pads on clarinets and saxophones, alignments, straightening and cleaning valves, and straightening slides on trombones to restore their sound and look.

What was exciting about the project was that not only did it bring new life to the music program for 270 intermediate students, it brought the North Grenville community together to support the grant application, said Lance. The application to CARAS received the backing of the school board and wider community with letters of support from students, parents, school staff, and a board superintendent.

The new instruments are already making a quality program even better. Recently, the school’s big baNG drumming group won gold in the world music pision at the Capital Region Music Festival, qualifying for the 2016  MusicFest Canada national festival this May in Ottawa.

Posted April 16, 2016

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