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The halls are alive with the sound of music

MusiCounts, Canada's music education charity associated with CARAS, recently announced that two Vancouver schools will be awarded $10,000 Band Aid grants this year.

Vancouver Technical Secondary and Sir Alexander MacKenzie Elementary will each receive $10,000 grants for their school music programs.

At Vancouver Technical Secondary, Fine Arts Department Head and

Director of Bands Mark Reid said his school will use the grant to further develop their orchestra program. "We'll purchase new instruments such as French horns and additional cellos to expand our senior orchestra."

Vancouver Technical has in excess of 225 students enrolled in the school's music program which includes band and orchestra groups. Students in the beginner, intermediate and senior band play instruments such as flute, clarinet, trumpet, tuba and horns. The school's junior and senior orchestra, led by director Sandra Fox, is comprised of traditional string instruments such as viola and cello.  

Van Tech's bands and orchestras perform regularly in local music and arts festivals and have toured in Canada and the US. This year the school is planning a tour with the senior band and senior orchestra, a first for the department.

This is the second year that Laurel Burrowes, music teacher at Sir Alexander MacKenzie and Sir Matthew Begbie Elementary schools has won the MusiCounts grant. This year she won the award for the Mackenzie school program and will use the $10,000 grant to add a half set of marimbas to the music room. Last year Burrowes won the award for the Begbie music program and purchased instruments for the music room.

She teaches over 600 K-7 students a week during half hour, once a week music classes in a varied program including vocals, ukulele, marimbas and recorder. "I think I've received the award because of the varied program I teach."

Peggy Bochun, VSB's District Fine Arts Coordinator was pleased to hear that Burrowes won the grant. "This will allow Ms Burrowes to launch her marimba program with a full compliment of marimbas. Last year she borrowed a set of marimbas from the District which has only 3 sets."

With a full set of marimbas in her class, Burrowes and her students are excited to perform at the spring performance for their parents. Burrowes is a great aficionado of world music and is teaching Zimbabwean style songs on drums and marimbas to her students.

Burrowes encourages her fellow music teachers to apply for grants and awards to bolster their music programs. "As a senior teacher I know that if you have a program you can get money for it - keep an eye out for opportunities."

MusiCounts, Canada's music education charity associated with CARAS, recently announced that two Vancouver schools will be awarded $10,000 Band Aid grants this year.

Vancouver Technical Secondary and Sir Alexander MacKenzie Elementary will each receive $10,000 grants for their school music programs.

At Vancouver Technical Secondary, Fine Arts Department Head and

Director of Bands Mark Reid said his school will use the grant to further develop their orchestra program. "We'll purchase new instruments such as French horns and additional cellos to expand our senior orchestra."

Vancouver Technical has in excess of 225 students enrolled in the school's music program which includes band and orchestra groups. Students in the beginner, intermediate and senior band play instruments such as flute, clarinet, trumpet, tuba and horns. The school's junior and senior orchestra, led by director Sandra Fox, is comprised of traditional string instruments such as viola and cello.  

Van Tech's bands and orchestras perform regularly in local music and arts festivals and have toured in Canada and the US. This year the school is planning a tour with the senior band and senior orchestra, a first for the department.

This is the second year that Laurel Burrowes, music teacher at Sir Alexander MacKenzie and Sir Matthew Begbie Elementary schools has won the MusiCounts grant. This year she won the award for the Mackenzie school program and will use the $10,000 grant to add a half set of marimbas to the music room. Last year Burrowes won the award for the Begbie music program and purchased instruments for the music room.

She teaches over 600 K-7 students a week during half hour, once a week music classes in a varied program including vocals, ukulele, marimbas and recorder. "I think I've received the award because of the varied program I teach."

Peggy Bochun, VSB's District Fine Arts Coordinator was pleased to hear that Burrowes won the grant. "This will allow Ms Burrowes to launch her marimba program with a full compliment of marimbas. Last year she borrowed a set of marimbas from the District which has only 3 sets."

With a full set of marimbas in her class, Burrowes and her students are excited to perform at the spring performance for their parents. Burrowes is a great aficionado of world music and is teaching Zimbabwean style songs on drums and marimbas to her students.

Burrowes encourages her fellow music teachers to apply for grants and awards to bolster their music programs. "As a senior teacher I know that if you have a program you can get money for it - keep an eye out for opportunities."

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