Auburn Schools Foundation helps fund new instrumental music program

The Auburn Schools Foundation is providing $5,000 to help start the Music4Life program for Auburn Public Schools.

The Auburn Music4Life Booster Club, led by District Superintendent Alan Spicciati, will seek further funding to support the program.

Music4Life is a non-profit effort that acquires “used with love” musical instruments from adults who no longer need them, repairs them, if possible, and then provides them free of charge to participating public school districts for use in used by students in need. The program acquires used instruments from those who understand that their highest and best use is to put them back into play. Music4Life also accepts donations to help pay for instrument repairs.

Music4Life also runs programs supporting public schools in Bremerton, Edmonds, Everett, Highline, Northshore, Seattle and Shoreline.

“Music4Life is a wonderful program,” Spicciati said. “They have a long history of working with local districts to provide instrumental music opportunities for students. We are lucky to have this partnership.

“We are proud to be part of this program and look forward to seeing the success of Music4Life in Auburn,” said Natasha Daily, executive director of the Auburn Schools Foundation. “The Auburn School District has a great music program and Music4Life helps break down any barriers students may have that prevent them from enrolling.”

“It’s a loving return for me to the Auburn music scene,” said David Endicott, co-founder and president of Music4Life. “It was my great pleasure to lead the successful fundraising campaign to bring the Auburn Black Watch Drum & Bugle Corps to march in President Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Parade on January 20, 1977. Sometimes life comes full circle. We will bring the same dedication to providing an instrumental music opportunity for all Auburn students.

Auburn Music4Life Booster Club, recently authorized by the Music4Life Board of Directors, will lead the effort. The club is made up of Spicciati; Daily, Cari Manry, president of Auburn Citizens for Schools; Mount Baker Middle School Group Principal Kevin Paustian; Caesar Robinson of the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce; Paul Casperson, Auburn Symphony Board Member; Skip Rowland of the Auburn Chamber and Shannon Spicciati, the superintendent’s wife who is Principal Oboe of the Auburn Symphony Orchestra. Gary Milligan of ATS Automation is program coordinator for Music4Life. Other members of the community interested in children, instrumental music or education are welcome.

The booster club will develop resources for repairing musical instruments. Music4Life maintains relationships with several local musical instrument repair shops, including Ted Brown Music in Tacoma, Kennelly Keys Music in Lynnwood, and Hammond Ashley Violins in Issaquah. All suppliers offer discounts to Music4Life for instrument repairs, as well as for the purchase of new musical instruments.

Music4Life has the support of notable music advocates and other community leaders. Gerard Schwarz, world renowned laureate conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, endorsed the program saying, “This wonderful program begins with elementary school children at a time when, if they are interested and talented in any way, they have the greatest chance of success. Many people tell me about the impact that first-hand knowledge of instrumental music has had on their lives. We intend to give this benefit to all of our children.

Music4Life™ is supported in part by grants from 4Culture (formerly Seattle-King County Arts Commission); the Highline Schools Foundation; the Everett Public Schools Foundation; OpenSquare; Knossos Foundation; the Hazel Miller Foundation; the Auburn Schools Foundation; various local Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs; Snohomish County Community Foundation; as well as by the law firm Garvey Schubert Barer; Seattle Symphony Orchestra; the Seattle Folk Festival; Violins Rafael Carrabba; Lamar Advertising; Encore Media Group; Classic KING-FM; GMA research; Cascade Symphony Orchestra; Randy Oxford Entertainment; the Stacy Jones Band; the Edmonds Center for the Arts; Kennelly Keys music stores; Hammond Ashley Violins in Issaquah; Ted Brown Music; and others.


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