The district offers more opportunities in the arts compared to other schools in the area, providing nearly 100% of instruments to high school band members.
“Being in band gives us more opportunities after high school,” a student said in this video posted to YouTube. “It makes us want to work harder in class [and] shows us what we can accomplish.”
Santa Fe South School’s music program started in 2007 with 42 students, and has now grown to 350 students. The students are a part of 14 different ensembles in 6 different school sites.
According to Martha Stallings, the school’s Assistant Band Director, The NAMM Foundation’s SupportMusic Luggage Tags help with organizing and identifying instruments in the band room and on the road.
"I don't know what we'd do without them!” said Stallings. “We use the tags to assign and keep track of all of our school-owned instruments, which nearly 100% of our students utilize."
Santa Fe students said the music program gives them a sense of family, and provides them the ability to learn and master several instruments. Watch more band members discuss the impact of music, here.