In January, the district began purchasing new instruments and equipment for Junior High and High School bands, choirs, and orchestras. Wichita Falls ISD received donations from the Bridwell Foundation, Perkins/Prothro, and Priddy Foundation totaling $443,000.
Last year, the district faced major budget cuts due to lack of state funding. So, Dr. Dan White, the Fine Arts Curriculum Coordinator, began writing grants and looking for local help to support the arts.
"A good student line tuba right now cost anywhere between 8 to 5,000 dollars, and so when you multiply that by as many bands as we have and as many of kids as we have it becomes a really expensive adventure just to keep up with the equpitment," said Dr. White.
Tuesday night, to show their appreciation to the donors high school and junior high music students gave a performance using the new instruments. Dr. White says the old instruments had been used for the last 20 to 40 years.
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