Two Hamilton Co. school bands need your vote to win funds for uniforms, instruments
Two Hamilton County school bands need your vote to help them win funds to purchase new uniforms and instruments.
Ooltewah High School and Lookout Valley Middle/High School are participating in the Manilow Music Project (MMP).
The band that wins the contest will get $100,000 to spend on new instruments and uniforms.
Both bands have uploaded videos online explaining why you should vote for them.
Lookout Valley's video entry is called "Funding our Future in the Valley." The band's director, Shannon Stephens, talks in the video about the program's need for new instruments.
A Hamilton County spokesperson said some of the school's instruments date back to the Korean War. One trombone even dates back to the late 1920s.
“The band program has grown so much that we do not have enough quality instruments for all of our students to play,” Stephens said in the video. “This would change the tone of our band, and it would change the pride our students have in their performances.”
Ooltewah High's video was produced by students and discusses how the condition of the school's instruments is a problem.
"The video also outlines the community work the band participates in to assist people in the Ooltewah community," a Hamilton County Schools spokesperson explained.
If they win, the band would use the money to replace tubas and other instruments.
“This gift would make all the difference in the world,” Sam Mossbeck, a student in the Ooltewah Band, said. “It would make it so much easier to just focus on doing well in school and playing well.”
Online votes, community involvement and the level of need all play a part in determining the winning school.
Contest creator Barry Manilow will select the winner.
You can vote online for both bands: