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Rotary donates to SMS band

By Staff | Mar 22, 2013

The Shepherdstown Rotary Club has donated $500 to the Shepherdstown Middle School Band Program. The funds will be used to support music clinics for students participating in the School’s award-winning Jazz Band.

These clinics, which are held monthly during the school year, bring professional jazz musicians and outside music teachers to the school to provide expert instruction in jazz technique, style, tone, rhythm and interpretation.

This helps the Jazz Band to maintain a high standard of excellence. The Band frequently wins high honors in competitions and this year it was ranked as the top middle school jazz band in the state at the West Virginia State Jazz Festival in Charleston.

The Jazz Band’s next public performance will be at the annual spring concert for all Shepherdstown Middle School band students on April 15 at Jefferson High School. That concert will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the School’s auditorium.

The Rotary Club presented its donation to the Band’s director, Chad Conant, at the Club’s March 12 weekly breakfast meeting at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown. The band also performed at the breakfast.