Thanks to grant, Orchard Knob Middle to revive its band program

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Orchard Knob Middle School has been trying to revive its music program, and thanks to a grant revealed Monday from the Krystal Foundation, they look like they’re finally going to be able to make that happen.

It was music to their ears as Orchard Knob students found out their band program is about to get an upgrade.

“I’m like oh my gosh,” student Briauna Cutler said.

That was just one of the reactions when students found out the Krystal Foundation was giving them a $3,000 grant.

“Before we had ripped pages in our books, and couldn’t really play our instruments,” student Erin Dews said.

But, Band Director Annece Holts said, that’s about to change.

“We are trying to get a lot of our instruments repaired. They are older and have a lot of things that need to be worked on, so I’m overwhelming excited,” Holts said.

Holts said right now they have around 80 band students and 50 instruments, but only around 15 work as well as they should.

Cutler plays the clarinet, but she wants to learn other instruments, too.

“We have a lot instruments, but there are certain instruments that we want to play that we don’t have yet, so it gives us more of an opportunity to play those instruments,” Cutler said.

Being that Krystal was founded in Chattanooga, Krystal Foundation President Paul Macaluso said this was an important way to give back.

“The foundation is really built on this idea of giving back to the communities in which we serve, and the best way we found was to invest in the children,” Macaluso said.

Krystal also treated the students to breakfast, which was also a bonus as these 6th and 7th grade students now already have something to look forward to next year.

Orchard Knob is one of Hamilton County’s lowest performing schools, and now part of a partnership agreement with the state.

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