Bands play on thanks to grant

SYCAMORE –The Sycamore High School Music Department recently received a generous grant from the Sycamore Education Foundation to purchase marching percussion and two full-size basses.

“We currently have a large number of students studying bass, so we did not have enough full-size basses for everyone to play on,” orchestra director Ken Tonaki said. “Our middle school students were playing on smaller-sized basses.”

The grant purchased two full-size instruments for the middle school, which has never had full-scale basses before, Tonaki said.

The foundation also provided the funding necessary to purchase percussion instruments for the Sycamore High School Marching Band.

“These marching drums will be laying down the groove for SHS football games, pep rallies, homecoming and the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Parade in 2012 and beyond,” music department chair Scott Mertens said.

“Marching band percussionists practice daily from August into October, and their equipment gets a lot of use. Our previous set of equipment was showing significant signs of wear, and it was becoming increasingly difficult to keep it in working order. Thanks to SEF’s generosity, the Marching Spartan percussionists will have quality equipment they can use for many years to come.”

The marching percussion equipment consists of snare drums, bass drums, tenor drums and carrier units. Drum covers were purchased for protection, and new drum stands allow students to rest their backs and practice without creating additional wear and tear on the instruments.