Hunters Lane Receives $84,000 Donation of Musical Instruments

Hunters Lane students were surprised today when the curtain of their school auditorium stage opened to reveal new musical instruments, a gift to their school totaling $84,000.

The reveal of gleaming trumpets, sousaphones and flutes by StubHub’s General Manager of Music Jeff Poirier came during a performance by country artist Chris Lane, who got sing-a-long support from students when he sang his hit “Take Back Home Girl.”

The donation, which also includes 100 chairs for music students, is part of StubHub’s #TicketForward program, in partnership with Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation ‐ a three‐year commitment to put more than $3 million in instruments into public school music programs. Band and orchestra instruments can cost $500 to $5,000.

“This really helps level the playing field for our students because I cannot tell you how many years it would take us raise $90,000 for that program,’’ said Dr. Sue Kessler, Hunters Lane Principal. “This allows us to fund raise to allow kids to travel to perform, have college visits and all of those funds directly impact kids in getting to the next step to be successful in college and career.

 “It is a game changer,’’ she added.

Band Director William Brooks, who has been at Hunters Lane for seven years, is known for helping every member of “The Human Boom Box” secure college scholarships.  He told his students yesterday how much of a difference participating in band made in his life and he is glad to offer the same opportunity to them.