The Amador Community Foundation Music Project SAVED the ACUSD Band Program
Music Enriches our Students
It is proven that music enriches the lives of our students and enhances our community. In the fall of 2010, the Amador County Unified School District (ACUSD) was hit with budget cuts that left the district without a teacher for the elementary band feeder system and the high school jazz band. Fortunately, with Amador Community Foundation Music Project funding, elementary band teachers and a jazz band teacher were hired in January 2011, and they taught through the spring of 2012.
Because of the great success of the program, and the exceptional teaching, projected enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year increased to 350-400 students in grades 5 – 12. Considering these numbers, the school district hired an additional band director. Now, the two directors funded by the ACF Music Project; Mr. Tootle and Mr. White, are teaching over 300 5th -12th grade band students district-wide. With the rest of the Music Project funds, the jazz band will continue three days a week with Hank King for the remainder of the school year. Because of the program’s generous supporters, good budgeting, and great teaching, the Music Project will also fund additional instrument and sheet music purchases, repairs, and other needed supplies.
Now, the ACF Music Project, ACUSD, and Amador’s students are making great music together!
Amador Band Boosters, Argonaut Band Boosters and ACUSD Jazz Band are all active funds that continue to support music in our schools.