Highline Music4Life Receives over $10,000 from Blues & Brews Festival!


Dick Lee and David Endicott of Music4Life with Rotary Club of Des Moines President Catherine Carbone-Rogers. Photo by Lisa Meinecke.

On May 1, the Rotary Club of Des Moines presented a check for $10,400 to David Endicottt and Dick Lee of Highline Music4Life (HM4L).

Proceeds were raised from the Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Fest in August 2012.

Since its inception in 2011, HM4L has purchased over 200 new and gently used musical instruments for students in the Highline School District! Thanks to this program, music is alive and well in our schools! Highline Music4Life acquires musical instruments, gets them repaired if needed, and donates them free of charge to Highline Public Schools for use by students of low income families.  The program is sponsored in-part by the Rotary clubs of Des Moines, Burien-White Center and SeaTac and the Highline Public Schools.

“You don’t have to be a Rotarian to support Music4Life,” Endicott said. “All that’s necessary is that you understand the unique value that instrumental music plays in the total education of a child.”

Currently, 75 percent of all fifth and sixth grade students in Highline Public Schools who participate in instrumental music programs are from families that are income-eligible. The Highline Music4Life™ initiative intends to assist half that number.

Besides the Highline program, Music4Life also operates programs supporting Seattle Public Schools and Shoreline Schools.  The program acquires used instruments from the garages or attics of adults who understand that their highest and best use is to put them back into play.  With adequate resources, Music4Life can also buy new musical instruments for school districts.

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

For more information about the Highline Music4Life and the Rotary Club of Des Moines, please visit http://www.highlinemusic4life.org/ and www.dmrotary.org.

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