March is music month

March 19, 2013

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NEW — 10:45 a.m. March 19, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy Members of the Hazen High School jazz band perform during a March 13 practice.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Members of the Hazen High School jazz band perform during a March 13 practice.

The Friends of Renton Schools are on a mission to raise $50,000 for Renton School District music programs in the month of March. The goal is to strengthen music programs in the district and make those programs accessible to as many students as possible.

The fundraising goal of $50,000 will provide money directly to school music programs to buy instruments, repair instruments and purchase sheet music.

“I couldn’t think of a better investment of your hard-earned money,” said Josh Viles, the chair of the Hazen High School music department. “We’re not spending it on superfluous things. It’s material just to make the classes function.”

Parents, staff and community members are encouraged to donate as much, or as little, as they can on the Friends of Renton School Foundation’s secure website, www.friendsofrentonschools.org.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Josh Viles, the chair of the Hazen High School music department, leads the school's concert choir during a March 13 practice.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Josh Viles, the chair of the Hazen High School music department, leads the school’s concert choir during a March 13 practice.

A donation of $10 would purchase two woodwind recorders, while a $300 donation could go toward a new trumpet.

The community is also invited to see the schools’ music programs in action when Hazen High School and McKnight Middle School musicians perform a concert at 7 p.m. April 4 in the Hazen High School auditorium, 1101 Hoquiam Ave. N.E., Renton.

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