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Springfield Middle School Band Asks Community for Help

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Posted at 10:21 PM, Jun 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 02:15:16-04

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. – The band director at Springfield Middle School is asking the community to help get the band prepared for the upcoming school year.

In the last year, the band has grown from 34 members to 70, and with 100 people interested in the program for next year, there aren’t enough instruments to go around.

With each instrument costing hundreds of dollars a piece, and only $700 in funding coming from the Roberson County School District, Band Director Jon Wiggins turned to the internet for help.

“I think this community, and all of middle Tennessee can rally around a group like this and provide them with an opportunity they wouldn’t have otherwise,” said Wiggins.

Wiggins said he launched a Go Fund Me page with the goal of raising $5,000. He said that would cover the cost of quality instruments for all participants.

“A lot of our scholars come from homes with fixed incomes, and it is just impossible for them to pay for an instrument,” said Wiggins.

Wiggins said with the right equipment, the band hopes to build on its success from last year and continue to participate in out of state competitions.

“I tell our scholars every day, if you do your hard work, and do your best, the blessings will follow,” said Wiggins.

The Robertson County Players donated $500 dollars to the band Friday. Wiggins said a Springfield woman, who is a big supporter of the program and wanted to remain anonymous, also announced she will match all donations made online between now and the start of school.

To donate visit: http://www.gofundme.com/s4vpxx4v