Music in Education! This was our dad Ed Tree's lifelong passion. He spent more than 40 years being "Mr. Tree" to generations of band kids in Massachusetts. Although we lost our dad in February 2012, we want his work to carry on. Through the donations of many generous people, a fund was established in his memory at J.R. Briggs Elementary School in Ashburnham, MA.
This year, we'd like to make sure instrumental music continues at J.R. Briggs School. Most of all, the program needs sheet music and percussion instruments - two things no band program can do without. Please help us!
There are two ways to help:
1. Donate to the program! Our goal is to raise $750 by the end of the 2012-2013 school year, which will replenish the funds used to purchase sheet music this year, and purchase a drum kit for the elementary band program. Right now, the percussion kids are taking their drums back and forth on the bus to practice. Help us save these kids' poor backs!
2. Donate your instrument! If you were lucky enough to have Mr. Tree teach you instrumental music, we hope that you still play your instrument. But many of us don't continue playing after school is over. Just like toys, instruments are happiest when they are being played with. So if you have a sad, lonely instrument of any kind - brass, woodwind, string, percussion - sitting in a forgotten closet, please donate your instrument! Even instruments in poor condition can be donated, to be refurbished or used for parts.
Instrument donations can be mailed or dropped off in person to J.R. Briggs Elementary School, 96 Williams Road, Ashburnham, MA 01430.
From Mr. Tree's kids, thank you for helping Mr. Tree's Kids!