Coulmbia High School band

Columbia High School music students hold the five instruments purchased with the White Salmon Valley Education Foundation’s $17,000 grant. (Submitted photo)

Columbia High School’s Music Program would like to thank the White Salmon Valley Education Foundation (WSVEF) for funding the purchase of 5 instruments for the Concert Band in its most recent grant cycle.

Through this grant of just over $17,000, CHS was able to purchase brand new intermediate level equipment, much more durable than the old, worn out student model instruments. Items purchased with grant money were: a chimeset, euphonium, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, and a tuba.

“All of these instruments will greatly aid the educational experience for students in the continuously growing Band Program, said CHS Music Director Peter Prosch-Jensen.

Currently, the program has grown to 66 students on Day 1 of the 2019/2020 school year. “That’s an impressive 17% of the school population “banding” together 2nd Period in the same room to make music with each other,” he said. 

Prosch-Jensen noted as the band grows, the need for high quality and durable instruments becomes more apparent. With this assistance, CHS is able to get instruments in students’ hands immediately compared to over the course of years through the usual budget. It also helps maintain proper balance within the ensemble for continued success in public performances, competitions, and festivals.

“More importantly, these instruments are replacing old instruments for students to rent through the school, some of which were unplayable due to wear and tear. School instruments are rented for $50 for the year and provide an affordable option for those who need them. The new instruments will last longer and sound much better than the instruments they are replacing,” he said.

Prosch-Jensen, would like to give his personal thanks to WSVEF. “Without their assistance, this would not have been possible,” he said.

The WSVEF offers $40,000 in competitive grant awards to White Salmon schools each year. Teachers, administrators, and community members may apply. For information see https://wsvef.org/grants-for-schools.

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