March is music month for Renton Schools

March 12, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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

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

The Friends of Renton Schools are on a mission to raise $10,000 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 $10,000 will provide money directly to school music programs to buy instruments, repair instruments and purchase sheet music.

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.

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

The Friends of Renton Schools will hold an all-day fundraiser concert at The Landing March 22. Students from across the district, totaling 15 acts, will perform from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Hazen High School drum line will perform at 11 a.m. followed by the school’s jazz band at 11:30 a.m. McKnight Middle School’s eighth-grade band takes the stage at 1 p.m. followed by the award-winning Hazen High School choir at 1:30 p.m. View the full schedule online here.

The Friends of Renton Schools will also accept gently-used instruments. The public can donate those by bringing them to the March 22 concert at The Landing, 828 N. 10th Place, Renton.

Learn why local music programs could use a helping hand in this Newcastle News feature from 2013.

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