FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Fort Wayne Community Schools Foundation is asking people to “Join the Band” by donating to the b Instrumental program.
The “I’m With the Band” social media challenge kicked off Wednesday at Sweetwater Sound.
Sweetwater CEO Chuck Surack played “Hot Cross Buns” on the saxophone and then challenged Memorial Park Middle School students to play their own version of the nursery rhyme.
The challenge will continue with others playing their version of the tune and posting videos on social media.
"Sweetwater is honored to support the b Instrumental program at FWCS,” Surack said. “Because we believe music education is vital to students’ achievement, we’re thrilled that we can do our part to make sure they have access to instruments. We encourage others in our community to ‘Join the Band’ to help foster the love of music in our youth and pave their path to success.”
The goal of the campaign is not only to raise awareness of the importance of music programs in school, but to raise money for the b Instrumental program and “Join the Band.”
So far $1.7 million has been raised toward the $2 million goal for b Instrumental, which provides free musical instruments to FWCS seventh-graders.
The students are allowed to keep the instruments through high school.
More than 400 students participate in b Instrumental.
To donate or learn more about b Instrumental, visit binstrumental.org.