Surrey schools get music grants

Tamanawis Secondary and Forsyth Elementary share $15,000 from MusiCounts to enhance music education programs.

Surrey music students can play the blues, but they don’t have to feel them, thanks to MusiCounts.

The Canadian charity has awarded “Band Aid” grants totaling $15,000 to Tamanawis Secondary and Forsyth Road Elementary to help the two schools enhance and expand their music education programming.

Tamanawis, which has grown its music program from near extinction a few years ago to a thriving repertoire of band, guitar and choral students, will use the school’s $10,000 grant to replace some concert band equipment and introduce new instruments that will appeal to the broader school population.

“We want to go further and push the boundaries of our music program,” said Tamanawis principal Margaux Molson. “The funds will be used to introduce drum line to our students and bring in percussion instruments from all around the world. Prepare to be amazed by the expansion of our music program!”

Only 80 schools across Canada received Band Aid grants, and Molson is thrilled the organization recognized the value of the Tamanawis program. Not only has the school’s music program expanded, it’s given rise to extracurricular jazz and musical theatre programs.

At Forsyth Road Elementary, where world music is exceptionally popular, the $5,000 grant from MusiCounts will also help pay for new types of instruments so students can learn to perform the music they already love.

Principal Carol Davison credits music teacher Darryl Penner, who also teaches at Bridgeview Elementary, for inspiring in his students an appreciation for a wide variety of music.

“It’s a national competition, so we feel like we’re ‘the little school that could.'”

MusiCounts is a registered charity whose mission is to ensure that Canadian children have access to comprehensive music programs through their schools regardless of socio-economic circumstances.

Just Posted

Broken water main floods north Surrey neighbourhood

Crews expected to be working in area of 132nd Street and 95A Avenue through the afternoon

Police say they’ve identified suspects in Bradley Kline homicide in Surrey

Kline, 26, was found dead at 7055 144A St. on Dec. 7, 2018

Star time for Surrey actor in ‘Snow White’ panto play

Royal Canadian Theatre Company presents a twist on Disney script at Surrey Arts Centre this month

Ten of 11 people taken into custody after shooting in Surrey have been released

Police say four guns, two Tasers, drugs and other weapons were seized after home shot at in Whalley

$2,000 fine for owner of now-closed South Surrey fish store

‘Increased scrutiny’ for Seven Seas Fish Co. for next three years

MAP: Christmas light displays in Surrey and beyond

Send us pictures of your National Lampoon-style lit-up homes, nativity scenes or North Pole playlands

BC Ferries adds 170 extra sailings for the holidays

6 a.m. and 10 p.m. sailings added for busy season

Man facing two sexual assault charges after groping incident on SkyTrain

Transit Police tracked down the suspect on a pedestrian overpass

Uptick in people buying illegal amphibians causing concern for B.C. vet

Without permits, he can only send them to zoos.

Anti-money laundering agency warns casinos to watch gamers playing with bank drafts

Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, known as Fintrac, issues operational alert

‘Jurassic World 3’ will film in Metro Vancouver under working title ‘Arcadia’

Filming is set to take place between Feb. 24 and March 6, 2020

Strata rental bans escape B.C. speculation tax through 2021, Carole James says

Vacant home tax won’t apply to cabins accessible only by water

Seven arrested in 20-man fight between rival gangs in Vancouver

Seven men were arrested but have since been released with no charges filed

Most Read