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45 band students in Campbell are in need of an instrument

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These days, school districts are often cutting funding to art and music programs. But in Campbell, music is now required.

Behind every great high school football team, is a marching band rooting them on to victory.

This year, Campbell's band has about 30 students but, in a few years their sound is expected to be much more powerful.

"Our numbers have tripled," said Campbell's Band Director Melinda Fitzhenry. "There's been a big show of interest from our younger kids to join band."

Last year, Campbell Schools started requiring kids as early as the fifth grade to take either band, choir or general music. The superintendent said it's because they believe in educating the whole child and that stretches far beyond a text book.

But, instruments aren't cheap and currently 45 students in the fifth grade band are without an instrument.

"A lot of our families just don't have the financial means to supply an instrument for their student," said Fitzhenry. "We as a district want to make sure that if they want to and if they have a need and a desire we put that horn in their hand and we get them what they need."

The district is asking if anyone has an instrument that is not being used, please donate it to their students.

"You only get better over the years and it's great that they are encouraging it so young now," said senior Rachael Herns.

"That would be great if our band could get larger," said eighth Grader Jordan Cruz.

"It's a good skill to have and if we have more instruments for all the kids we have, it's just like a good thing," said freshman Ariella Moore.

Instruments can be dropped off at Campbell's K-7 building, located at 2002 Community Circle. The school asks that the instrument contains the following information: name, type of instrument and how many instruments are being donated. For more information call the school's office at 330-799-0054.

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