A boost for Hannan’s group program


ASHTON – The group Hannan Junior / Senior High School recently received a boost to their program thanks to the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) and the Save the Music Foundation.

“The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, through a partnership with the Save The Music Foundation and corresponding monetary donors, is able to provide grants for new musical instruments to any traditional West Virginia public elementary or middle school that has certified music. teacher and wants to build his instrumental music curriculum, ”according to a recent press release.

“The Save The Music Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to making music education an essential part of a comprehensive education. Since 1997, the foundation has partnered with more than 1,960 public schools in 233 school districts, giving 2.6 million children the tools and confidence to excel in their studies and in life, ”the statement said. Press.

Hannan was one of five state college music programs to receive the award.

The group received $ 40,000 to help provide and improve musical instruments and other program materials.

Randall Reid-Smith, curator of WVDACH and Chiho Feindler, program manager for Save the Music Foundation presented the awards to each band and group director.

“We’re getting $ 40,000 worth of instruments, new desks and teaching materials,” said Reid-Smith.

Hannan’s orchestra played a piece before the check was handed over.

“West Virginia is the only state to claim a statewide partnership,” Feindler said. “As an organization we believe that having a music education is an essential part of the school day, you want to make sure that the students have the right and also the means to make music. “

Feindler encouraged the students to keep playing and encourage their friends to join.

“I play drums because I like to make a lot of noise,” said one eighth grader.

The eighth grader said he finds it hard to focus on new things and sometimes people think he is “not trying hard enough”. That was until he met John Carlisle, director of the group.

The student said he struggled but Carlisle never gave up on him. Carlisle encouraged the student through a change of instrument and on the drums, which he said he “liked”.

“Can you imagine the impact this is going to have on your band and those kinds of instruments that are coming in…” said Keith Burdette, superintendent. “I know that for many students, this is one of the reasons you come to school. For many children, this is the reason why these types of activities bring you and encourage you to come to school. So, I know the vital role this is playing in your education right now.

The group performed a new piece they were working on before the ceremony closed.

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Randall Reid-Smith, Curator West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History presented the grant check to Director Tammy Burns, Group Director John Carlisle, Superintendent Keith Burdette and Vice -President of Mason County School Board, Rhonda Tennant.

Brittany Hively is a writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Follow or on Twitter @britthively or contact her at (740) 444-4303 ext 2555.


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