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Published 2/8/2020
2:50am

Laingsburg Bands Receive $16,000 in Grants and Gifts

Drive 4 UR School Event at Signature Ford Nets Wolfpack Band Program Nearly $4,000

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Signature Auto Group's Angela Falzon, right, presents Laingsburg Band  Boosters President Stacey Brewer with $3,700 at the group's January board meeting. The money was raised during a Drive 4 UR School fundraiser in September. It will be used toward the purchase of a new Sousaphone./Courtesy photo

The Laingsburg Band Boosters recently received a total of $16,000 for new large instruments from several grants and gifts.

Signature Ford Group presented boosters president Stacey Brewer with $3,700 at its January 16 meeting. More than 180 people test drove Ford vehicles provided by Signature during the boosters’ Drive 4 UR School fundraiser just before Laingsburg’s homecoming game in September. The band received $20 for each of those drivers.

Next, the Laingsburg Educational Advancement Foundation granted the band program $10,000 for new marching mellophones and baritones.

“Our mellophones were beyond repair. Parts aren’t even made for them anymore,” explained a very grateful Thomas Cousineau, director of bands for Laingsburg Community Schools. “Our baritone cases were held together with duct tape, and so were parts of the instruments themselves. Every time we’d have to have them serviced to repair damage or fix a valve, for example, it would thin out the metal and affect the sound of the instrument. Our kids are troopers and made the best with what they had for many years. It’s so nice to be able to give them new equipment. They deserve it! "

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The band also received $1,800 in donations toward a new Sousaphone (marching tuba) through its online Giving Tuesday campaign in early December. The money will be combined with the $3,700 raised from the Drive 4 UR School fundraiser to purchase the instrument.

“Again, we have large instruments that cost thousands of dollars and are decades old in some cases,” said Cousineau. “We put a lot of band aids on them and handle them with TLC to make them last. But there comes a time when we can’t play them anymore.”

TechSmith Corporation made a $500 donation – also at the January booster meeting – on behalf of Ashlie Helmer, a band booster member who applied for and received the dollars from TechSmith’s Volunteerism and Employee Involvement Fund. TechSmith cited Helmer’s “commitment to, and volunteerism with, the Laingsburg Band Boosters” as its reason for granting the money.

Laingsburg’s band program has grown exponentially over the past 10 years. Its high school band is made up of one-third of the school population. Jazz bands are now in both the high and middle schools.

“We’re so grateful for all the support we get from the boosters, administration, parents and our amazing community,” added Cousineau, who has led the Wolfpack bands for just over 10 years.

For more information about the Laingsburg Wolfpack Bands, visit laingsburgbands.com.

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