School band department receives grant

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind.--- There's a strong music tradition in PHM schools, and Grissom Middle School is about to add to their program thanks to Martin's Supermarkets.

A $1,000 grant provided through Martin's One-School-At-A-Time Grant will help pay for equipment for an after school band program.

If you listen to the students at Grissom Middle School they'll tell you why band is important to them.

“You get to play with all your friends. But you also have to have dedication. You have to practice and you have to behave in class,” said Elly McKinney, a 7th grader.

Catherine Fischer, also a 7th grader adds, “I love it actually. I was always interested in doing band.”

But Principal Nathan Boyd wants the music to go beyond the classroom and into an after school program.

There's already a dedicated percussion section at this school but Boyd dreams of a drum brigade that meets after school.

He was inspired after hearing the Atlanta Falcons famous drum line.

You can feel it pulse through your body. You can feel the pulse you can feel the beat. The rhythm that goes all the way through your soul,” said Boyd.

Special drums are needed to produce a deeper sound.

“They're a little more expensive,” said Boyd. “But we think with the grant we can purchase just a few sets. And get us started on our way.”

Vickie Marshall, Band Director, said, “I think it's going to create lots of energy and lots of enthusiasm in our school and our band department.”

You can nominate your school for a One-School-At-A-Time Grant.

The winning school gets $1,000 from Martin's Supermarket, and a new winner is picked each month.

Schools only need to apply once, and you can do so by going to

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