Westmont High School band program gets $10,000 grant
The newly revamped band program at Westmont High School was the recipient of a $10,000 community music grant from a Nashville-based foundation Music Has Value.
Band director Allison Biederman applied for the grant at the beginning of the school year, mid-pandemic, at a time when few foundations were investing in the arts and school-based programs.
Music Has Value, led by moguls Sandy and Scott Borchetta, saw the challenges facing schools both during the pandemic, and those that would come post-pandemic as schools seek to reinvigorate their arts programming.
The $10,000 will enable Westmont's High School Band students to provide quality live performances as the pandemic comes to an end and as they seek to re-introduce live music into the local communities.
Westmont High School is part of the Community School Unit 201. Westmont's Band Program is directed by Allison Biederman and comprises a marching band, pep band, jazz ensemble, and wind ensemble. Westmont High School's principal is Jack Baldermann.