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December 13: Espanola High School hosts community concert

Espanola High School, one of this year’s recipients of new instruments from the Joan Mantle Music Trust, will host a community Christmas concert on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 6 pm in the B1 Gymnasium. The concert will feature the Espanola Junior and Senior Jazz Bands, the Espanola and Franco Ouest Combo, the Sacred Heart Jazz Band, and the S. Geiger Music Department. The Espanola Drama Club and the Espanola Improv Team will also be showcased. There will be a silver collection at the door with all proceeds going to the Joan Mantle Music Trust.

The concert will feature a blend of popular Christmas songs as Espanola area students join together to rejoice in the sounds of the festive season. “Everyone is welcome to attend our community concert and share in the holiday spirit,” said Espanola High School Principal Marty Punkari. “On behalf of Espanola High School, we would like to thank the Joan Mantle Music Trust for supporting music education. We welcome this opportunity to give back to the community with this showcase of student talent.”

“To date, the Trust has raised over $96,000 for the purchase of new instruments in Rainbow Schools, ranging from clarinets and saxophones to trombones, tubas, flutes and more,” said Rainbow District School Board Chair Tyler Campbell. “We extend our sincere thanks to everyone who has supported and continues to support the Joan Mantle Music Trust, enabling us to revitalize music programs in our schools.”

The Joan Mantle Music Trust was established in the fall of 2008 to help refresh, modernize and revitalize school music programs in the Rainbow District School Board. The Joan Mantle Music Trust allocates funds to school music programs in Rainbow District School Board, one school at a time.  This ensures that there is a tangible improvement in the condition of equipment in an entire department, allowing for students to achieve more in their musical studies together.

Joan Mantle dedicated many years to music education in Rainbow Schools. She passed away on June 9, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer.

The Rainbow District School Board provides students with opportunities to increase their musical literacy and develop their creative and critical thinking skills by engaging in activities that lead them to learn in, about and through music. Musical literacy is the ability to read, write, create and perform music, as well as analyze, interpret and appreciate music from a variety of cultures and historical periods.

Making connections between music, lyrics, rhythm and movement develops literacy skills and encourages creative and critical thinking. Engaging in musical activities improves self-esteem and confidence, promotes teamwork and fosters an overall appreciation of the arts. Learning in, about and through music is part of a well-rounded education that reinforces academic skills and nurtures life skills.

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Media Contact:

Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor,
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning,
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171, ext. 7217.