The East Limestone Band Receives $20,000 Grant from Legislative Delegation

By  | April 7, 2021 | Filed under: News

Student Musicians from the East Limestone Band listen to Alabama Senator Tom Butler (R) on why participating in band is so important. Butler presented the students and band directors a check for more than $20,000 to purchase several baritones, a marimba that will be used by percussionists for several years to come, and instrument bell covers, which are used to keep germs from spreading into the air.

ATHENS – Throughout this difficult year, the COVID-19 pandemic has heavily impacted student musicians. Normal activities such as practicing, performing, and fundraising have become not so normal.  Nevertheless, these students have adapted, so they may continue to create the music that they love.

 

Fundraising has been especially difficult.  Due to limitations and challenges presented by the pandemic, student musicians at East Limestone High School have been unable to actively fundraise as in years past.

 

Senator Tom Butler (R) and Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R) recently supported the almost 400 students involved in the band program by fulfilling a grant request that totaled more than

Band Directors Mark McChristian and Jennifer Janzen and the 2021 band seniors are pictured with Alabama Senator Tom Butler after being presented with a grant for more than $20,000 to purchase several baritones, a marimba that will be used by percussionists for several years to come, and instrument bell covers, which are used to keep germs from spreading into the air.

$20,000.

 

The ELHS band program will use the grant funds to purchase several baritones, a marimba that will be used by percussionists for several years to come, and instrument bell covers, which are used to keep germs from spreading into the air.

 

East Limestone Band Directors Mark McChristian and Jennifer Janzen were shocked when they heard the grant request was approved in full.

 

“We appreciate the support from Senator Butler and Speaker McCutcheon on these much-needed funds,” Janzen said. “Every dollar will go towards making music and keeping our student musicians safe during the pandemic. I hope they truly understand the impact they have made on these kids’ lives.”

Media Release/Blake Williams Communications

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