I just thought it was a good time to remind everyone to support the music programs in their local schools. As you my know, funding crunches nationwide have lead to the reduction or elimination of music programs everywhere. I believe this trend is damaging the quality of education and is the sort of irreversible policy that governements often take when there isn't enough shouting from their constituents. But I want everyone who has taken music classes in school to reflect on how that changed your life. Don't lie, you know it did! The classes you took in elementary, middle, and high school were probably the best times you had - if not some of the best grades you ever attained. Keep that in mind when you look at the gaggle of kids leaving school in the afternoon and think about how different their musical world could (needs to) be with exciting, engaging courses to learn and understand music. So, here's some ways that we can help with music in schools. And ALL of us should, at some time, offer help and resources. Even the smallest contributions are appreciated by the folks trying to run the music programs: Purchase WHATEVER the band boosters has decided to sell for their fundraising activities. I know some of it is pretty lame but this is how they make the dough for all of the cool things offered and it's a struggle every year to pull this together. Donate anything music related to a local program - old instruments, accessories, sheet music, CD's - anything. Give the local instructor a call and see how excited they can get when folks remember them. Offer technical services to the instructor. If you can repair instruments, offer to do so. If you can work in the music library that is a big help. Anything that can be done to ease the burden these instructors have can help. Go to local band and music programs as often as you can. If the local middle school is having a spring concert - go see it and you'll get a charge out of the enthusiasm these students show. BTW if there's an admission fee - pay double! Become a member of the Band Boosters. These folks are the heart of the logistical crew that gets that band to where they are going efficiently and safely. There is always room for volunteers - especially those with some knowledge music and the desire to see it thrive. Bob Gollihur - a TB'er and both an upright and electric player has his own "music in the schools" program that he helps with: www.bobgollihur.com We all should do our part to help further education and exposure in this very rewarding discipline.