MASSENA - The new school year will bring a new bassoon to the Massena High Schools band program, thanks to the Massena Music Friends.
District officials have received a $4,600 check from the Northern New York Community Foundation to purchase the new instrument.
This Northern New York Community Foundation grant was made possible through the generosity and recommendation of Massena Music Friends, Northern New York Community Foundation Executive Director Rande S. Richardson wrote in a letter to district officials.
The Northern New York Community Foundation is sort of the financial conduit through which we make our donations, Massena Music Friends President Paul A. Haggett told board of education members after they had voted to accept the donation.
The new bassoon will replace a 50-year-old instrument that has gotten past its useful life, according to Mr. Haggett.
Its being held together by duct tape, he said. I know its going to be appreciated by Mr. (Jonathan L.) Hunkins. Mr. Hunkins is the band director at the school.
Mr. Haggett said the Massena Music Friends expect to provide the music program with more donations in the future.
We have a number of fundraising plans for the year and will do our best to funnel some more money your way, he said.
Massena Music Friends had its beginnings in October 2010 when a few interested parents met with Massena Central School officials about their idea after attending a budget hearing and listening to students implore school officials to save their program.
Their goal is to do things for the music program above and beyond what the districts budget will allow.
Through a November Music Cabaret, December Orchestra of Northern New York concert and April Trivia night, the group raised more than $6,200 for the school music programs in Massena during the 2012-13 school year.
Massena Central School Interim Superintendent William W. Crist said Thursday night that he appreciated the donation by the Massena Music Friends, particularly with his background. Mr. Crist, who formerly served as the superintendent of the Oswego City School, served as an instrumental music teacher in the district, as well as department chair, assistant principal, director of personnel and assistant superintendent for personnel and human resources.