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NC School Band Loses All Instruments in Hurricane

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Raised by 128 people in 1 month
Created November 19, 2018
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Meet the Jones County Middle School Band from rural Trenton, North Carolina. Typically when a school band poses for photos in a band room, instruments are in the photo. On September 13, Hurricane Florence's destroyed their middle school and everything in it. EVERY BAND INSTRUMENT WAS DESTROYED.  That's what brings us here.

Jones County, NC is one of the poorest in the state. Most families who live there work hard to keep food on the table. Buying band instruments is not an option. School leaders and the students fundraised for years to buy instruments. Finally for the first time, with the help of the North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children, every band member had their own instrument

For the first time in 14 years, the Jones County Middle and High School Bands marched in last year's local Christmas parades as one unit. This marked a big moment for the Jones community. Photos of the band in the 2017 parades proudly hang on the walls of the school. 

Years of raising and saving money, pinching pennies for some to finally "get there" then have it all swept away in one night is a tragedy - even more so because these students live in a culture of struggle and poverty.  Add to that, many of their family homes were destroyed in the hurricane.

Last month when I visited the school and band students, I walked in the band room to see all students gathered around a xylophone someone had donated - the only instrument in the room. 

Please help us replace their instruments. It would be wonderful to have them up an running by December 1 - the date of the local parade. 

$5, $10 or $500. 

Instruments lost below. 
New or gently-used band instruments may be donated if donor will deliver or ship to the school. You may submit inquires through GoFundMe.

2  Flutes - $150 each
2 Snare Drums - $150 each
2  B Flat Trumpets - $160 each
2  Trombones - $160 each
2  B Flat Clarinet - $200 each
1 Piccolo - $250 
2  Alto Saxophone  - $350 each
1  88-Key Electric Piano - $500
1  Marimba - $1300
1 Oboe - $1790
1  Bass Clarinet - $2212
1 French Horn - $2250
1 Tuba - 3790
Several Mouthpieces
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Update 9
Posted by Marca Batey Hamm
1 month ago
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Mr. Alexander Williams is the band teacher for both Jones County Middle and High School bands. For 3 months he taught music to band students without instruments - and without an instrument for himself. He used water buckets to teach rhythm and beat. He introduced the relation between mathematics and music. He taught music history. The day I first visited him in his empty band room, he told me this. "We must continue teaching. We must keep them engaged or we lose them. We must teach them to focus on what we can do rather what we cannot." Please enjoy a few seconds of the gift of music that you, our wonderful donors, gave back to Jones County Middle School Band.
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Update 8
Posted by Marca Batey Hamm
1 month ago
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Lily shares her feelings about the gift of new band instruments.
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Update 7
Posted by Marca Batey Hamm
1 month ago
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TOMORROW THEY MARCH IN THE PARADE! A special delivery from the NC Foundation for Public School Children's director was made yesterday to the Jones County Middle School Band. Less than 2 weeks ago, the students were still playing music on one xylophone and drumming on buckets. Today the band room is filled with shiny new instruments because of YOU! It was a beautiful celebration. We will share photos and videos from the day in more updates. The GoFund Me campaign will continue until the full goal is met. https://wcti12.com/news/local/jones-county-schools-gets-over-16000-for-new-band-equipment-after-hurricane-florence?fbclid=IwAR1Dk8ivLzoXVrK5x7cnr4g4PQuhq5L5Oa9DlV72U7trnZTHhrPLerRgbvQ
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Update 6
Posted by Marca Batey Hamm
1 month ago
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We are so close to our $15,000 goal! Thank you to our more than 100 donors! You have given from your hearts to restore the gift of music to a middle school band robbed of every instrument by a hurricane.

Your gifts and your heartwarming comments show that the human spirit is stronger than any hurricane. When we bring our spirits and resources together, we have the power to change circumstances and to empower the tired, the poor, and the helpless.

To the beautiful student in this video who says "I WAS going to play the clarinet," ... You WILL play the clarinet because over 100 people - who have never even met you - BELIEVE in you and value your place in this world.
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Raised by 128 people in 1 month
Created November 19, 2018
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North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children (Ncfpsc)
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