Colquitt co. band asks for donated instruments

Colquitt co. band asks for donated instruments
Liz Savage
Liz Savage
Selena Henry
Selena Henry

COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) - In a county known for its national champion high school football team, the musicians in the stands now need support from the Packer Nation.

Colquitt County's beginning band members doubled this year, and the band director is struggling to find enough instruments for the young musicians.

The school is asking for the community to back the Pack.

A lot more than music is being made in the band room at Colquitt County High School.

"It's not just about making music.  It's life changing," said alumna Selena Henry.

Henry said this band changed her attitude completely, after she struggled with behavioral issues in school.

"I went through a lot," she said. "It was a major change for my life.  I was. Liz can tell you. It was a miracle on my behavior."

As Band Director Liz Savage conducts the band, she's also teaching students the similarities between music and life.

"We focus on growing children into youth that are going to be great human beings in the community," Savage said. "We get to do music for fun."

And this year, more children are interested in making music and making a name for themselves.

"Typically, we have around 55 to 60 kids in the sixth grade band," she said.  "This year, we started with quite over 100, and we dwindled down a little bit because some students don't believe and parents don't believe that they can get instruments."

Too many kids and not enough instruments.

"We want our community to rally behind us and help get them what they need," added Savage.

Savage is asking for alumni, people of Moultrie, and of all of South Georgia, to donate their instruments so every child can have one of their own.

"And what I've asked," she said, "Is if you would just leave a note inside a case that says, 'I was in band.  This was my experience.  Have this and take this with you.' Just to encourage kids to encourage them to not let it go.  To keep on going."

The instruments will provide inspiration that will stay with these students in and out of the classroom.

If you'd like to donate an instrument, you can drop them off at the Colquitt County High School at 105 Darbyshire Rd Norman Park, GA 31771.

They are taking donations throughout the week.

You can also make a donation to the band program by mailing a check to:

Colquitt County HS
Attn: Liz Savage
105 Darbyshire Rd
Norman Park, GA 31771

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