HELPING HANDS

Symphony Donates To Band Program

Since the Rockbridge Symphony reactivated in 1999, rehearsals have been held (except for a brief period) in the band room of Maury River Middle School. The school principal and band director are gracious in sharing their space, and equally important, the use of essentials: music stands and percussion instruments, said a symphony spokesman.

The symphony, an organization of volunteers, has no equipment or home of its own, so the gracious, and gratis, availability of the band room and its equipment makes rehearsals so easy that most orchestra members probably never consider alternatives. In the words of music director Mark Taylor, “There is no place else locally, at any cost, that would suit us better than the MRMS band room,” not to mention the welcoming attitude of the school’s staff.

In recent years the Rockbridge Symphony has endeavored to make an annual monetary gift to the band program, as thanks for the support and the comfortable facilities. For the 2019-2020 season a grant was obtained through the Community Foundation, partially funding the expense, and a check for $1,000 was presented on June 9 to band director Matt Schucker and principal Billy Thomas, by director Mark Taylor and symphony steering committee president Jack Bissett.

When told of the coming gift, Schucker replied, “That is fantastic news - thank you all so very much! … I blew through a lot of money this year taking care of a record number of students who could not afford instruments, so this would definitely be extremely helpful.”

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