Be instrumental in the new school band program

Bruce Mason

Submitted Article

Tuesday, October 3 2017

It’s music to everyone’s ears: an exciting, ongoing, three-year band program is starting in November at the Gabriola Elementary School (GES) for Grades Five, Six, and Seven.

The entire community is invited to get the ongoing initiative off on the best note possible, as the Gabriola Lions Club is searching out instruments for the students to play.

Music teacher, Tom Bradbrooke has been very successful in similar programs from Whistler to Cedar. He says: “research shows benefits of music include improved mental and physical health and well-being.”

Bradbrooke is searching for the following instruments: Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone and Bass Guitar, to be collected as soon as possible, for servicing and repair.

If anyone has one of the above to donate, call Lion’s President Betsy Banford – 250 247-9232 – to have it picked up.

Monetary donations are also being accepted. Start up costs include charts for beginning bands and proven “Standard of Excellence” books for each student.

The ultimate goal – along with an ongoing fund – is 18 instruments and a bass drum. The rest will be rented by student/parents.

Put an instrument and the life-long joy of music in a grateful child’s hands, by dropping off a monetary donation - whatever can be afforded - at the GES front desk.