Please click Here To Support Us! We are the Eustis Middle School Mustang Band. We are writing to you today in regards to the band program here in Eustis Florida. The Eustis Middle School Mustang Band is a program that is completely self funded. Many school districts across the country are facing financial hardship. School boards are faced with difficult decisions of what programs to cut and how to stretch the tax dollars to accommodate tight budgets. Increasing class sizes, pay cuts, and less working days take a toll on teacher salaries as they receive more pressure to improve students' performance. Among the programs hit hardest by budgetary cuts are those that are related to music education.
The Eustis Band Pogram
is under the director Mr. Ricke, with his 33 years experience which 19
are here at this middle school. It is continuing to grow and has been
highly successful over the last decade in local, state, and national
competitions and festivals. This band is increasingly being invited to
perform at these and a variety of other types of events. Every
successful band program needs money. The more successful, the more
money needed for continued success.
We know that students of music bring creativity to product design and marketing:
Study of music helps students to think and work across traditional
disciplines. They learn to integrate knowledge and to “think outside
A music education teaches students how to work together.
A music education builds an understanding of diversity and the multi-cultural dimensions of our work.
A music education contributes to areas that are important to the future of all Floridians.
Consequently in a global world, studying music is participating in a
global behavior conducted through universally accepted practices.
And what musicians lack in business experience, they make up for in creativity.
Math and science are the big talking and testing points in education
these days, but human resource experts believe to truly succeed in
today’s global economy, tomorrow’s workers benefit most from studying
and participating in the arts.
In order to participate in a
band program the children are required to purchase an instrument, buy a
uniform, provide many entry fees, paying accompanists, and paying
transportation and other expenses for trips and the parents bear the
burden of most of that cost for.
We also have many
underprivileged children here that require donated instruments and
partial or full financial help on entry fees to such events as State
competitions and the big parade at Universal Studios at the end of the
year. The award award winning, first place Steel Drum program is almost
completely paid out of the band's raised monies.
The Eustis Middle School Mustang
Band appreciates the opportunity for a grant such as this. We are a
small town school with big city aspirations. The cost for even
operating the band is about $15,000 and we work hard to raise that each
year. A grant from State Farm would the foundation for the new MCSC
program improvements. Helping us reach out to many local children.
Showing them that with hard work they could achieve such dreams and at
the same time learning is easier and more fun.
Like Us with this community grant effort here https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=375765809196131&set=o.193932800618843&type=1&theater