A pleasant surprise for students at Woodrow Middle School. Members of the band got their hands on $20,000 worth of new instruments.
"At first, I didn't even know what was going to happen," says 7th grader Krystal Jordan. "When he told us we got new instruments, I was glad."
It all started with a grant application submitted by music teacher Jonathan Nolan. An interview and video entry to the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation led to something Mr. Nolan wasn't expecting.
"They saw what we were doing here and they think of us as a worth while investment, which I knew all along," Nolan says.
The organization donated 10 saxophones and seven flutes to the school.
"I want to give every kid an instrument and I want to give them an instrument that they want," Nolan says. "This is going to elevate the problem."
Mr. Nolan kept the good news to himself until today when he surprised the band with their new gear. The smiles on their faces lit up the room.
"This one is a lot more comfortable and I can play in louder and better," says 7th grader Autumn Sohrweid. "It makes me feel like I can do what I love to do without having to pay for it."
It was a big accomplishment for a band teacher devoted to helping his students sound their very best.
"I got the best job in town because of them," Nolan adds.