New Instruments Head to Eastmont Intermediate

By EGP News Report

Eastmont Intermediate School will receive $28,500 in new musical instruments to supplement its aging inventory through a grant from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation Grant.

Music teacher Curtis Richardson said the donation will be a “big help” to the school’s music program.

Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation answered a grant request from Eastmont Intermediate and will soon send the school three clarinets, three trumpets, three trombones, three euphoniums, one ¾ tuba, three bell kits, one alto saxophone and two refurbished saxophones.

Eastmont Intermediate instrumental music teacher Curtis Richardson says the donation from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation is going to be a big help to the school program. (Photo by Mario Villegas)

As part of the grant, $2,575 will be used to repair the school’s existing instruments.
Montebello Unified School District officials, faced with declining funding from the state, welcomed the grant.

“Participation in music can teach children so many important lessons, from the development of fine motor skills to the dedication needed to practice to the self-confidence they earn performing,” MUSD Board of Education President Hector Chacon said.

“We appreciate the generous support of the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation,” MUSD Superintendent Robert Henke said. “This grant will help give our students more opportunities to experience music by playing an instrument and gaining an appreciation of music through first-hand experience.”

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