ALIQUIPPA − Methods preserve currently being taken to restart the Aliquippa Significant College marching band and music plan.
A thirty day period in the past, the Aliquippa School Board employed Samuel Froehlich as the college district’s new band director for the 2022-23 university calendar year.
Froehlich has served as a comprehensive-time audio instructor at Borland Manor and Hills-Hendersonville elementary educational institutions in the Canon-McMillan College District.
Aliquippa has been without the need of a band director since the district discontinued its plan just after the 2020-2021 university year.
A graduate of Montour Superior and Duquesne University, in December 2019, Froehlich also worked in the Peters Township, Seneca Valley and Gateway school districts. He also is component of the voice faculty for the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, composed of 9th-12th graders.
“I’m so grateful for all of my past educating encounters that have served to get ready me to stage into this placement with Aliquippa.,” Froehlich explained.
“I’m psyched to be reinstating 4 essential music ensembles to Aliquippa like a 7-8 quality, and a 9-12 grade band, in addition to a 7-8 quality and a 9-12 quality choir. As of the 2022-23 faculty yr, pupils in equally 7-8 and 9-12 band can enroll and will participate in the marching band in the slide and right after the completion of the soccer season will changeover into a live performance band ensemble, providing college students a nicely-rounded expertise making it possible for them to check out quite a few genres, kinds, and issue stages of new music,” Froehlich mentioned. “We also will be reinstating common audio lessons. In these classes, learners can assume to deal with a selection of musical subject areas together with: songs idea/literacy, eurythmics (movement and new music), music history, new music of unique cultures, audio composition, new music technologies, and so much extra. My target is that all tunes programs will not only enable pupils to check out other areas of music that they might not be aware of, but they will also be a course exactly where college students can specific their current imaginative or musical passions although incorporating all of the competencies and expertise we will decide up along the way.”
While a handful of months away from his Aliquippa obligations, “I am now blown absent by the sum of local community help bordering the revitalization of the songs program. I’ve seen numerous fundraisers, individuals publishing on social media, and much more. I can not thank these individuals/organizations sufficient and glimpse ahead to shelling out it again with some outstanding musical performances in the foreseeable future,” he claimed.
Some of that community assist has been evident in two new fundraising efforts.
The Aliquippa Alumni Band, which formed very last yr to perform the conventional struggle tunes at Aliquippa Quips soccer video games, finished a crowdfunding system this calendar year that inspired the group to donate income for the buy of drum line products for the substantial school.
“We had been ready to spot an order for in excess of $11,000 really worth of drums in the starting of March with what we had elevated to that level,” claimed Denise Drabeck, just one of the grownups and former superior faculty band pupils who was element of the Alumni Band. “We were being equipped to get two of every varieties of drums with all accessories (like) circumstances and holders.”
The Alumni Band, which ranged in age from current Aliquippa college students to graduates from a couple decades ago, owns the recently procured equipment, but will donate it to Aliquippa High University the moment the band software is up and working yet again.
Meanwhile, a Beaver student and New Brighton tunes keep are teaming on a fundraiser to profit the Aliquippa tunes program.
Emilie Kerr will operate the Pittsburgh 50 percent Marathon on Could 1, generating pledges to acquire musical instruments for Aliquippa’s band. Brighton Music Center, the place Kerr’s father works, will match donations, dollar for greenback, up to $10,000.
“We are contacting it Run for Your Fife,” Mr. Kerr, a pastor and percussionist who examined at the New England Conservatory, and will run the half-marathon with his daughter, stated. “My daughter wanted to do a senior undertaking for college and since the band software at Beaver has been so impactful in her everyday living, a tunes-themed challenge appeared a excellent suit. I train at Brighton Tunes and know the operator, Richard Schiemer, so I approached him about a fundraiser at the retail store to fund a scholarship for pupils. He countered with the idea of aiding an below-resourced college district straight alternatively.”
Aware that Aliquippa’s music application was disbanded prior to the 2021-22 school calendar year, and that the district’s new Superintendent, Phillip Woods, planned to revive it, Brighton Audio Middle and the Kerrs came up with their fundraiser to support.
People can pledge at the crowdfunding web-site https://givebutter.com/XAMMSC in which $985 has been elevated towards a $5,000 aim. An supplemental $622 has been collected by Brighton Tunes Middle. Additional details are at the Run For Your Fife Facebook web site, https://m.fb.com/111104991517770/.
“Music has been this kind of a major portion of me, in faculty and my lifestyle, that I realized we had to find a audio system to support with our fundraising,” Emilie Kerr said. “Listening to about Aliquippa’s audio method restarting, I felt so thrilled to assist other learners experience and uncover a adore for audio in the exact way I did.”
Scott Tady is amusement editor at The Situations, and easy to get to at [email protected].