Earlier this year Churchill Secondary band teacher Lucienne Siedlecki and her students learned they were the lucky recipients of a variety of brand new instruments. Thanks to the MusiCounts Band Aid Program, Churchill students are now playing a brand new tuba, double bass, clarinet, tenor saxophone and guitar.
Churchill band teacher Lucienne Siedlecki says the new instruments will replace some of the school's older instruments which, after 30 years of use, aren't in optimal condition.
"The new instruments will help fill out our low end, supporting our band and our sound, balance and blend. It's easy to get a student excited about the flute, it is much harder find the right student to play the tuba. The tuba is a crucial instrument in any concert band and having a new shiny, clean, dent free horn certainly helps attract students," she says.
Siedlecki says the students who had gotten used to playing the old instruments were excited to open the cases for the first time and be the first people to put fingerprints on the brass.
"They couldn't believe their ears when they tried them out in band class. Everyone commented on how nice the new horns sounded and that made them happy," she says. "You could see pride in their faces!"
Churchill was one of 69 schools who benefited from this year's Musicounts award program.
"Providing funding for music education is not just about creating the next generation of JUNO Award winning artists, it's about giving students the tools that will help turn them into creative, and critical thinkers that will achieve success later in life," said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts.
MusiCounts, Canada's music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) is helping to keep music alive across Canada. MusiCounts' mission is to ensure that children in Canada, regardless of socio-economic circumstances or cultural background, have access to music programs through their schools and communities. This is achieved through the Band Aid Program, the TD Community Music Program, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, scholarships and other music education initiatives.
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