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Music boosters form group to save program

Golf Ball Drop fundraiser is Friday, June 4
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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The Loomis Union School District’s music program may have escaped elimination next year, but supporters are mobilizing to ward off cuts. Community volunteers, parents and teachers have joined forces to create the Loomis District Music Boosters as a support group to help fund music. According to district music teacher Sarah Brown, the booster group will operate through the Loomis Basin Education Foundation to help provide financial and volunteer support for the music program. “The music program still needs funds to help purchase sheet music, supplies and extra books and for the repair and replacement of school instruments,” Brown said. Brown said she’s “very excited” about the booster club and is “thinking of this as a joint venture with Del Oro.” Paul Johnson, district superintendent, cautioned, “Music is one of the programs, that unfortunately, is going to have to be looked at every year while we’re in this budget crisis. There are going to continue to be hits by the state.” Roger Carroll, grammar and high school band parent and town finance director, said he’s helping the group get started and is working on their bylaws. Carroll’s youngest child is in eighth grade and will attend Del Oro next year, but he said he still thinks it’s important to support the elementary music program. “The high school program will go down the tubes without the elementary program. I want to be sure it exists for elementary students,” he said. Carroll said he foresees the elementary music boosters working closely with the Del Oro band supporters in the future. Del Oro music legend Ron Jones, who was the high school’s music director for 25 years, has attended the new booster club meetings. “Anything we can do to maintain or help the music program is important,” Jones said. “People think music is expendable, yet it’s a vital part of education. It’s not just an add-on.” Jones said he plans to support the boosters in whatever way he can and sees the group as “a life ring to help hold onto the program.” Stephanie Lamphere is a parent of two Penryn Elementary School music students, and said she was “at the point of panicking” when she learned the music program would be cut. “My seventh-grader wants to be in Del Oro’s marching band. For my younger son, music is a lifesaver. Music keeps him a lot happier and engaged at school,” Lamphere said. “The elementary school music program is a huge feeder into the Del Oro marching band,” Lamphere said. ---------------------- GOLF BALL DROP What: Numbered golf balls dropped by helicopter, owner of ball closest to mark wins $1,000 When: 6 p.m., Friday, June 4 Where: Home on the Range driving range, Newcastle Sponsored by: Loomis Basin Education Foundation to benefit the Loomis District Music Boosters and the music program Tickets: $5 each or five for $20 Information and ball purchase: lbef.net