Burbank Unified School District has identified a need of $1.2 million to repair or replace broken musical instruments in their middle and high schools and they set a district wide goal 4.4 to work with community partners to raise 10% of that need by the end of this school year, naming the year long campaign “Music Is Instrumental.” BUSD will be leading this campaign.

Today, we strive to help them reach this goal and we invite you to join an effort, called “1,000 for $100,” where 1,000 supporters of Burbank’s public schools will donate $100.00 in support of “Music Is Instrumental.”

100% of your donation will be gifted to Burbank Unified to replace and repair musical instruments for students in all middle and high schools.

Join this exciting challenge! Please send your $100.00 tax-deductible donation payable to Burbank Arts for All Foundation, indicating “Music Is Instrumental” campaign, either through mail, drop off or online.

To donate cash or a check, click this link to download the form and mail it to Music Is Instrumental c/o Burbank Arts for All Foundation!

To give online with a credit card, click this link or:

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Co-Chairs of 1,000 for $100

Michael Hastings       Linda Walmsley        Michael Cusumano

 

Thank you to the Donors of 1,000 for $100 in support of  “Music Is Instrumental!”

Bass Clef Donors ($50)

  • Jason Martinez

 

One Treble Clef Donors ($100)

  • Tom Vice
  • Jill Vander Borght
  • Tricia Steel
  • April Williams
  • Sabshin/Blek Family
  • Cynthia Pease
  • Barry Burnett
  • Alethia Calagias
  • Carrie Brown
  • Anita and Mark Hutchinson
  • Dr. Oscar Macias
  • Steve Frintner
  • Louis Talamantes
  • Penny and Darryl Forbes
  • Krista Dragna-Zampino
  • Rick and Nancy Lacher
  • JD and Toby Black
  • Lucy Burghdorf
  • Amy Smeed
  • Dr. Greg Miller
  • Janet McIntyre and Donald St. Clair
  • Pat Patterson
  • Bud Alleman
  • Barry and Kathy Sarna
  • Travis Smith
  • Leigh London-Redman
  • Nathan and Victoria Lanier
  • Preston and Diane Meyer
  • Keith Kaminski
  • Erika Kaestle
  • Charles B. Cusumano
  • Bill North
  • Mark and Alexandra Helfrich
  • Charlene Tabet
  • Rhea Kostecka
  • Jen Casey
  • Victoria Kirschenbaum
  • Bridget and David Fogg
  • Sharon Cuseo
  • Stephen Newman
  • Joyce Warman
  • Bobbi and Brice Cranston
  • Carolyn and John Mueller
  • Dennis Weaver
  • Cindy Giraldo
  • Eryn Krueger Mekash
  • Pam Bassuk
  • Timothy Murphy
  • Roberta Reynolds
  • Tom Flavin
  • Debbie and Jerry Wade
  • M’Lisa MacLaren
  • Dr. and Mrs. Irwin L. Golden

 

Two Treble Clef Donors ($200)

  • Sunder Ramani
  • Chris and Suzanne Weerts
  • Linda Walmsley
  • Bill and Lynne Abbey
  • Alan Arzoian
  • Sharon Draper
  • Barbara Bartman
  • Won Me Park
  • Roger and Evelyn Cusumano
  • Sean Dugan
  • Bill Wiggins

 

Three Treble Clef Donors ($300 or More)

  • Michael and Katherine Hastings
  • Debbie Kukta
  • Michael and Caroline Cusumano
  • UMe Credit Union
  • Karen Volpei and Barry Gussow
  • Fred Bell
  • Matt, Karen, Emerson and Aidan Hill
  • Jon Schafer
  • Vic and Sue Georgino
  • Lisa and Craig Murray
  • Kendra Simon
  • Ernest and Judy Dellinger
  • Vince Loporchio
  • Burbank City Federal Credit Union

 

 

What are the benefits to kids of a quality music education program? Here are a few facts:

National research shows the importance of a quality music education in a child’s school day. Click here to read 20 important benefits of music education in our schools and how music supports a child’s social, emotional and academic development.

Here are some local facts:  

  • In 1978, after the passing of Proposition 13 in the state of California, arts and music education in our statewide public school system saw a significant decrease in funding. Schools cut programs, sold band instruments and gave pink slips to art and music teachers. In the 1990s, because of years of a lack of federal and state funding. Burbank Unified School District (BUSD) faced very tough decisions district-wide and cut or minimized what was a very robust arts and music education program.
  • Despite this lack of funding, our forward thinking District made a commitment in 2005. BUSD’s Arts for All plan was formally adopted by the BUSD Board of Education in December of 2005 after a rigorous planning process by the Burbank Unified Community Arts Team. The plan encompasses all forms of arts education learning through seven focus areas. Click here to see it!
  • Since 2014, BUSD has made a commitment each school year through their Local Control Accountability Plan to support instrument repair and replacement by investing $20,000 annually in middle and high school instrumental music programs.
  • Currently, in BUSD’s middle and high schools, students are still trying to learn on broken instruments, which fail a student’s ability to perform in class and in school concerts. Instrument by instrument, there has been an effort – with support from LA County Arts Commission’s Arts Education Collective, Burbank Arts for All Foundation, parents, local businesses, musicians, school site booster clubs and PTA units – to help BUSD, as well as these students and teachers build or rebuild their school’s instrumental music program.
  • Because of all of these efforts and more, The NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation has recognized the Burbank Unified School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with the prestigious Best Communities for Music Education designation for 2017. To read more about BUSD’s music education program, click here.
  • With an identified need of $1.2 million for instrument repair and replacement, there’s more work to do to support our local schools and students!

 

Here are just a few stories and pictures from investments Burbank Arts for All Foundation has made over the years impacting teachers and students in Burbank Unified and furthering music education for all kids:

 

In the Fall of 2011, the band students at Luther Burbank Middle School were excited to have new instruments to perform on. Through a grant provided by the Foundation and other supplemental sources of income, Luther Bands was able to purchase a flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and two Yamaha Bell Kits. Cathy Kim, (Former) Band Director at Luther, stated:

These new instruments replaced old, worn and partially broken instruments. Many of the students had been playing on instruments that exceeded 20 years of use. With these new instruments, the students showed more confidence in their playing during tests, performances and auditions, and they were more motivated to practice outside of class. This project makes an impact on the classroom music teacher as well, because it works toward building a solid inventory of instruments that will last many years.

 

 

In the Fall of 2013, thanks to the Hal Wetherwax Instrumental Music Fund, Burbank High’s Jazz Band was able to acquire a new Yamaha Alto Sax for their Lead Alto Player. According to Michael Stanley,  (former) Director of Instrumental Music at BHS, the new instrument has not only affected the Lead Alto Player, but the entire ensemble, as well as the entire student body:

Since getting the new saxophone provided by this grant, the student has been highly motivated to practice and has taken private lessons as well. As a result, he is sounding better and is a stronger player. This in turn is making the jazz band sound better, which benefits all the students in that ensemble directly and by extension, the entire IMA program and the school, since the jazz band performs at various functions such as Open House, which improves the quality of life for the campus at large.

 

 

In the Fall of 2011,  John Burroughs High School (JBHS) bands wanted to provide instruments for all students interested in participating even if they do not own an instrument. Through this grant JBHS was able to purchase a new oboe that has helped increase the practice and performance time of oboe students. This oboe purchase has also offered valuable professional development opportunities for aspiring musicians at JBHS. As JBHS IMA Board Member, Aileen Neitzert, remarked in the final report,

The oboe is probably the most often requested instrument by outside patrons when inquiring to have students perform at events and the added instrument has increased the students’ opportunities to gain experience in real-life performance situations.

 

 

 

In the Fall of 2015, David Starr Jordan Middle School IMA combined funds with a Foundation grant and was able to purchase a new Double Horn for their growing band program. The new Double Horn has greatly enhanced the abilities of the band’s Horn Section, guaranteeing that the students are successful in their playing skills.

According to Band Director Dr. John Whitener, the most successful part of the project was “opening the box and handing the new instrument to our horn players!”

 

 

In the Spring of 2017, John Muir Middle School  Instrumental Music Director, Suzanne Snell, applied for a second grant to support an additional tuba to expand the tuba section. The smaller size of the tuba makes it an ideal instrument for young musicians. A tuba that sounds good and does not need constant repairs due to age will improve the sound of the brass section, and therefore, the sound of the whole band.

“Now we have enough working tubas for all of our tuba players to use so they do not need to share anymore. This has made the tuba players much happier in class. The students are happy and excited to be able to play a new instrument that has better sound quality. This has increased student practicing which in turn has increased sound quality and strengthened the musicality of the performing groups. Grants given through the generosity of organizations like the Burbank Arts for All Foundation are extremely important to help keep our music program thriving and we are grateful for your help.”

To watch videos or read more stories about our impact in all mediums of arts education over Burbank Arts for All Foundation’s history, click here!

 

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