Local Musicians Donate $10,000 in Band Equipment to High Schools

By: Jennifer Kliese Email
By: Jennifer Kliese Email

A group of seasoned musicians is giving back to some aspiring talent, they're donating instruments to 17 area high schools.

"We try to target the high schools where the musicians who participate in the Revivals came from when they were kids," says Rock & Roll Revival committee member Dick Rowe.

Most local high school music departments have limited budgets. So they focus on purchasing general band supplies. But what rock revival is doing is providing more specialty instruments like guitars that they might not otherwise have the money to purchase.

"Some of the things that we've gotten like the guitars are very relevant to their lifestyle and music that they listen to so the music program becomes a little more relevant to the kids," says Kelly Klund, Wausau East's band teacher.

Rock and Roll Revival puts on an annual concert to raise money. This year, they're handing out about 10 thousand dollars worth of equipment.

"All the musicians donate their time, none of them get paid its just for the love of getting together with their old friends," says Rowe.

Newman Catholic High School in Wausau is getting an electric guitar, which students are really excited about.

"At a time when enrollment in the music program is declining I'm doing anything i can to spark interest in the music," says Newman Catholic Schools band teacher Ginnie Mootz.

And Wausau East will get a new wireless mic system. Teachers say the equipment really helps improve their music programs.

Rock and Roll Revival's next concert is coming up on May 13th and 14th at Dale's Weston Lanes.

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