Give A Note Foundation Gets The Band Back Together At John Overton High School

by Lydia Farthing

Give A Note Foundation (GAN), which provides support for K-12 public school music education programs nationwide, has joined forces with other music education nonprofits to raise over $50,000 to provide Nashville students with music-specific safety equipment that ensures safe participation in making music. This effort is now providing more than 8,500 instrument masks and bell covers for brass and woodwinds to be distributed to Metro Nashville Public Schools.

“Nashville is known as Music City so we all want to keep band practice going as schools reopen this month. These specialized instrument masks and bell covers will make it possible for students to come together and play music safely,” says GAN CEO Beth Slusher. “What’s so great about our mask vs. those sold by other music education companies is the hands-free flap that makes it possible for students to easily position the instrument into playing position.”

At an event at John Overton High School in Nashville, three-time Grammy winning saxophonist, member of Dave Matthews Band, and Vanderbilt University music educator Jeff Coffin addressed the vital benefits of music education for students. Joining the celebrations were SongFarm co-founders multi-Grammy winning producer/engineer F. Reid Shippen and Grammy nominated songwriter Ross Copperman; Grammy nominated artists Cassadee Pope and Devon Gilfillian; and singer-songwriter Caitlin Canty.

The event also featured a performance from the Overton High School band who showcased the specialized instrument masks and bell covers. With these new additions they can once again play and practice safely.

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