In early March, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education Dr. David Bolton attended the annual National Superintendent’s Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. As the conference began, the attendees were treated to a performance by a local elementary school band. What made this band special, however, was that this school had received their instruments from the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Their program was not in existence three years ago until funding was provided by the foundation. The same was true for the marching band and the high school choir who also performed as they, too, were revived by the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation provides grants of brand-new musical instruments to public elementary and middle schools in order to build sustainable instrumental music programs. Beginning in 2004, the CB music department has been raising money for the foundation by putting on an annual charity concert that primarily features teachers and students from throughout the district. Organized by Holicong Director of Bands Joel Chodoroff, Holicong Vocal Music Teacher Jim Glaser, Tamanend Choral Director Ian Sanchez, and Holicong/CB East Orchestra Director Jennifer DiVasto, each year has seen the concert grow in both spectacle and success. To date, the concert has raised $127,573 to help the foundation reach their goal of giving “every child in this country access to a musical instrument.”
The Senior Director of Programs and Policy at VH1 Save the Music, Chiho Feindler, approached Dr. Bolton as soon as she saw his Central Bucks nametag. She could not have been more thrilled to tell him that CB’s work with VH1 had directly helped that very district in New Orleans by funding ten music teachers and instruments for all eight elementary schools! It should be noted as well that Ms. Feindler has previously spoken at Holicong Middle School and attended last year’s concert as a “special guest.” She has also helped secure items from VH1 to be auctioned off at the shows.
In a message to the VH1 concert coordinators, Dr. Bolton said, “I just wanted you to know how proud I am of your continued work with VH1.” Joel Chodoroff commented, “To think that we had even a small part in allowing those performances to happen is almost beyond words and validates even further the time and effort that goes into the annual VH1 show.”
The 2018 Save The Music Concert is already in the works and will take place at the end of January. Be sure to stay tuned to the district website for information as it becomes available. The “cast and crew” of these concerts would like to thank to incredible CB community for their support look forward to raising even more money for such a fantastic cause.