On May 12, students of the band and orchestra programs of Ernie Pyle Middle School in the South Valley presented their year-end music program. Metro provided the band with needed supplies (reeds, strings, etc) as well as a couple of musical instruments. Several members had the opportunity to attend the concert.
According to the band director, our donations made it possible for a successful year for the program. Without replacement parts, many of the students would not have been able to participate for the entire year, as their families could not provide the supplies and the school could not budget for these items. Our support for the school was supplemented by a District Matching Grant.
The plan for Ernie Pyle is that it become the magnet school for the arts in the South Valley. A new preforming arts building is under construction and should be completed during the 2015-16 school year.