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Thanks to FHU, Chester County Bands March to Different Drums

Henderson, Tennessee - Sep 11, 2017

Thanks to the generosity of Freed-Hardeman University, Chester County band students now have additional percussion instruments for their drumline. According to Chester County Director of Bands Jennifer Cupples, both the junior high and high school bands will benefit from the additional drums.

With the growth of the Chester County band program came the need for additional instruments. The high school percussionists have been playing with a junior high-level drum line. “The eight snares, two tenor drums, and four bass drums from FHU will not only allow us to outfit our entire drum line, but they will also allow us to use the current set at the junior high,” Cupples said. “The junior high desperately needed percussion instruments so they could participate at junior high football games and parades.”

“We realize they face budget constraints just like the rest of us,” Dr. Richard England, FHU music professor, said, “so we were glad to be able to encourage the students and provide some assistance to the Chester County schools.”

The FHU music program, with the support of the administration, was able to provide the percussion instruments to CCHS as the FHU program begins the move to a renovated facility on campus.  The new music facility will allow for greater community engagement, and will serve as the venue for both pre-college and university level programs, according to England.  "We were pleased that during our time of transition to the new music facility we were able to work with Jennifer to make these instruments available for use," England said.

Both England and Cupples anticipate additional opportunities to cooperate for students. “We are looking forward to continuing to work together for the benefit of students both at CCHS and FHU. University students have already had opportunities for practicums, internships and other projects in Chester County schools,” England said.

“Our students are excited to get the drums this season and will definitely put them to good use,” Cupples said. “We are so very grateful to Freed-Hardeman for helping us and we look forward to working together with their music faculty in the future.”