Event helps to keep band and choir affordable to students
For more than 20 years, the Sandy High School Music Foundation has helped band and choir students with travel expenses, competition fees and purchases of instruments, music and uniforms.
'A symphony is not a symphony if only two or three or four musicians play,' said Tamara Lundberg, a Sandy High School parent. 'A choir is not a choir if only a duet or trio sings. A band and choir need all its members to be successful.'
The annual Sandy High School Music Foundation dinner and auction March 10, the biggest of the foundation's fundraisers, will help continue to make the band and choir programs affordable to all its members.
During the past few years, the foundation has helped buy $1,000 worth of dresses, tuxedos and performance shirts for high school bands, $1,250 for a French horn and piccolo, and $3,000 to $5,000 a year for travel assistance.
The music foundation has also contributed significantly to the choir, purchasing new sound gear, robes and tours in Anaheim, Calif., which requires flying.
Rob McGlothin, Sandy High's band director, said that for many of his students, the band tours the foundation helps to fund mark both an educational opportunity and their first time out of the state.
'Where else in the school, unless you're in an organized sport, do you live with people for four days straight and work together at a very high level every time you get off the bus?' McGlothin said.
At one point, the foundation helped sponsor an eighth-grade student's travel to an all-state conference. In return, the girl's family put together a fundraiser that raised four times as much money as the cost of her conference for the foundation.
The foundation also provides volunteers for concerts, the Big Band Dance, trips and setup and teardown at numerous performances.
'Music education has a profound impact on our students and on the community,' Katie Ten Eyck, a foundation member, said in a press release. 'Sandy High music programs have excelled for many years, enriching the educational experience of all students as well as providing a challenging and varied music experience for students who desire to go on with careers in music.
'Our music students certainly make a great contribution of talent, spirit and pride to school and community events.'
The Sandy High School Music Foundation dinner and auction begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Cedar Ridge Middle School. Dinner will be provided by La Bamba Mexican Restaurant and Cantina.
The live auction begins at 7 p.m. with Jay Cox, a Sandy High School alumni, serving as auctioneer. Sandy High School's Stage Band will perform during the event.
For a preview of the auction items, visit shsmusicfoundation.schoolauction.net/2012.