FCHS group ready to rock with new instruments
The group’s program at Fayette County High is already one of the best in the state, and they are set to get even better. Thanks to a generous donation from Little Kids Rock, the Tigers have a bunch of new instruments to really rock.
Little Kids Rock, a national non-profit music education organization serving children and teachers around the world, presented a donation of instruments that would change the program with the help of a generous donation from the music company of Niagara Bottling Water. The massive donation includes 2 full-size keyboards and stands, 2 microphones and stands, 3 amps, 3 electric guitars, 2 electric basses, 15 Casio mini keyboards with adapters, an audio system and a 5-piece battery. The new equipment will improve the school’s fanfare, harmony orchestra, symphony orchestra, wind ensemble and jazz orchestra.
The donation was made through a connection established by Deputy Group Director Jennifer Theilacker. Theilacker first discovered Little Kids Rock when she was a music teacher in New York City.
“I was looking for grants to help me provide instruments to my students and schools as it was not part of their current budget. I attended a Little Kids Rock Modern Band teacher training session, playing guitar for the first time there, then learning electric bass, drums and refreshing my keyboard skills, ”he said. she declared. “After taking this training, they equipped me to teach modern group lessons in the South Bronx, as well as at my school in Brooklyn, fully funding a guitar lesson and a modern after-school group program. “
She became an advocate for Little Kids Rock and their modern group program and was also a teacher trainer for them.
When she moved to Georgia, Dave Wish, the founder of Little Kids Rock, offered to donate through Niagara Bottling.
“Since Fayette County already has such a great reputation and a supportive administration, they wanted to help us reach even more students and provide additional instruments to our program,” she said.
Theilacker is excited to think about the impact the donation will have on the Tigers.
“This grant will help us reach even more students through music education at Fayette County High School.”
For more information on Little Kids Rock and how to get involved, visit littlekidsrock.org.