Hillman band program a worthy endeavor

In a recent story, Julie Goldberg told us how Hillman Elementary School turned $20,000 in donations into plastic band instruments for students to try before they head into the more formal band program in middle school.

Grants from Presque Isle Electric and Gas Co-op and the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, along with community donations, helped the school purchase flutes, clarinets, trumpets, trombones, and mouthpieces for fourth- and fifth-graders to use. The plastic instruments are lighter for the younger students and also are more durable.

The idea is that the younger students can play around with the instruments in a less-formal way in elementary school before deciding whether or not they want to commit to band as they progress in their school careers. It may help some students who’d thought about band realize it’s not their cup of tea. But it may also expose others who may have never considered band to the wonderful world of mus.

What a worthy endeavor!

Mountains of research point to the academic benefits of music education, stretching and expanding our students’ minds not only culturally but improving their abilities in other subjects, as well.

So, we say cheers to Hillman schools for exposing young students to music, and we say thanks to all members of the community who helped make it possible.