CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. – Several Cullman County band programs received a very pleasant surprise Thursday from State Representative Randall Shedd. The Vinemont, Holly Pond, Fairview and Hanceville bands each received $5000 for their programs.
The news came as a total surprise. According to Vinemont director Skylar King, he was unaware of the gift until about 30 minutes prior to receiving the check. When Holly Pond director Steven Porter was asked for his reaction, he simply let out a “WOOOHOOOO!”
Representative Randall Shedd released a statement Thursday afternoon following the check presentations.
“The World Needs More Music!”
“It’s exciting to meet with my high school band directors in my legislative district to present them with some ‘Montgomery Money’!
If there was ever a time the world needed more music, it’s now! I think the public will be glad to see some of their money come back to their communities to their high school bands.
$35,000 ($5,000 to each high school band in my district- Brewer, Cleveland, Fairview, Hanceville, Holly Pond, J.B. Pennington and Vinemont) will help some. Most of the band directors told me they will use the money to buy new instruments for their beginner students.
Thanks y’all for letting me represent you in Montgomery!
District 11, Alabama House of Representatives”
King is one of the directors who plans on using the money to help new musicians. He said he is likely to buy “beginner instruments for 6th graders so students can join the band at no or minimal cost.”
Fairview band director Nathan Kilgo said of the gift, “The Fairview Band and I are extremely grateful to Representative Randall Shedd for his continued support of our band, school and community. He has always been a wonderful advocate going back to when he was mayor of our fine town. These funds will go a long way toward purchasing much needed equipment and instruments.”
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