MHS band benefits from Eure memorial donations
Rooster Walk Inc. and American Global Logistics have partnered to buy one new instrument and create a program to repair numerous older instruments for the Martinsville school system’s band program.
The contributions will memorialize Todd Eure, who participated in the city schools’ band program from fifth grade until he graduated from Martinsville High School in 2000. Eure, who died nearly a year ago, played trombone in the concert, symphonic, jazz and marching bands.
Rooster Walk Inc. and American Global Logistics (AGL), Eure’s former employer, made matching $1,000 donations in his memory. Some of the funds were used to buy a new Casio Privia keyboard from Woodall’s Music & Sound for the MHS Jazz Band.
“We’re very proud of the jazz program within our school system, and in order to have a great jazz band, you have to have solid equipment behind that,” said Martinsville High School band director Kevin Lewis. “This keyboard replaces one that’s close to 25 years old.” The jazz band’s previous keyboard began to deteriorate about three years ago, he added.
The remaining funds will be used to create a new instrument donation and repair program that will be overseen by Rooster Walk Inc. As part of the program, Rooster Walk will solicit and accept donations of used instruments from the public. The instruments will be repaired, when cost effective to do so, and donated for use in entry-level band programs by needy fifth- and sixth-grade students.
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