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Interest increased in student music programs

By Carol Sones Shelter - | Jun 1, 2021

photo by KEVIN MERTZ/The Standard Journal A request to supply the increased numbers of students with instruments entering music programs are shown by middle school band director Ryan Czekaj at Warrior Run, who reports more are needed.

TURBOTVILLE – Good news has been received from Ryan Czekaj, middle school music director at Warrior Run, that interest is growing in its band programs. Numbers have tripled in participation to 45 instrumentalists, up from 15 a decade ago.

Czekaj credits the advancement in numbers to current high school band director Taylor Rhodes and the previous director, the late Dawn Doll who passed away in 2019. A total of 120 students are now involved in the school’s music programs.

Although this is very good news, it brings a perplexing problem which is the reason for reaching out to the community for donations of musical instruments. Czekaj believes its advantageous to learn to play at a young age, his particular joy is teaching skills to fourth grade students.

For these younger musicians, investing in an instrument isn’t necessarily an option, so the school’s supply of loaners is running low.

Should anyone have an instrument sitting unused in a closet, the director encourages you to consider making a donation.

The instruments condition can be upgraded by director Rhodes or with the partnership of Robert M. Sides. Donors will given receipts for tax deductible purposes.

The community has already generously responded however more are needed including trumpets, saxophones, flutes and clarinets.

Readers may wish to contact music department in their school districts for donating. Increasing the opportunity for youngsters to become involved in band benefits the student, school, community and chances of becoming a lifelong enjoyment.