Students hoping to make sweet music

A George Ward Elementary School teacher is seeking assistance from area residents to help enthusiastic students fulfill their dream.

Band instructor Hilary Barlow is asking for donations of band instruments to help some students who cannot afford them.

“There are many George Ward Elementary School fifth-graders interested in participating in band,” Barlow said. “But many cannot afford to purchase or rent-to-own an instrument.”

Barlow said she is looking for beginning instruments including clarinets, flutes, alto saxophones, trombones, trumpets, snare drums or bell sets.

“Many people have instruments packed away that no one uses,” Barlow said. “If we had some of those, we could put them to good use and help students learn to play music.

“The instruments would stay at George Ward Elementary School to help students year-to-year that cannot afford to purchase one.”

Barlow said donating instruments is not the only way to help others pursue their love of music.

“We could also use reeds for clarinets and saxophones, drum sticks and music books,” Barlow said. “Our students use ‘Essential Elements, Book 1.’ It is available at B&J’s Music.”

Right now, Barlow said she has 20 students, but would like to see that number grow to include others.

“During the year, we have a Christmas concert and a spring concert,” Barlow said. “Members of our band are also selected to participate in the All-County Band.”

For additional information or to arrange a donation, contact Barlow at hbarlow@access.k12.wv.us.