Greene Co. Middle receives national grant for music education

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SNOW HILL, N.C. (WNCT) – A national foundation recognizes Greene County Middle School’s music program and awards the school with over $34,000 in new musical instruments.

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation helps under-served schools with minimal budgets but donating new equipment and replacing some that are more than 30-years-old.

Greene County Middle School band director, Joanne McGowan, submitted an application for support stating the grant would allow more students to be able to play and experience the benefits of musical education.

“Greene County Middle School is elated to have been awarded over $34,000.00 in band instruments from The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. Generations of Greene County Middle School band students will benefit from this,” said Diane Blackman, principal of Greene County Middle School.

“Learning music in school is a way to engage kids and give them something that makes them better students and better people,” said Felice Mancini, President & CEO of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.  “They deserve every tool available to help them receive a quality education, and we want to insure that music is in that toolbox.”

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation was inspired by the 1995 motion picture Mr. Holland’s Opus and founded by Michael Kamen, who composed the music for the movie and countless others.

In the last 20 years, over 20,000 instruments have been donated to over 1,360 schools across the country. Click here for more information about the organization.

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