Grant brings music to band students ears

By Denise Jackson

February 20, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2013 at 12:32 PM CDT

PEORIA,Ill. -- A Sterling Middle School teacher recently got a little bit of help to make sure her students are always playing the right note.

Sterling Middle School band teacher Tammy Weaver manages to keep the music going despite having more broken instruments than working ones.

"In the string section I have everybody, 5th graders are sharing with 6th graders, we're also sharing with 7th and 8th graders. So I basically have one violin that makes it all the way through all four grades," said Tammy Weaver.

"It's kind of difficult because it's broken, so if there's one available then we can be able to use it," said 6th grade band student Kasi Wilson.

Weaver said some of her students cannot afford to buy instruments. So she and another teacher, Ann Guthrie, have been known to search everywhere including garage sales for band equipment.

Weaver will not have a little help when it comes to maintaining instruments for her students.

"It's nice that someone just wants to support the program and has nominated us so that we can make improvements and get better and have the equipment to participate," Weaver said.

She said the money will be used to buy repair instruments and keeping them in tip top shape, and that's music to the ears of her band students

"She is really good to the students that are beginners and people that have played before," said 6th grader Noah Clark.

"With the new repairs kids will be able to play instruments that they wanted to play towards the beginning of the year," said 8th grader Antonio Mora.

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