Community advocate Cesar Zepeda has organized a fundraiser to order musical instruments for Richmond High’s woefully underfunded music program.
The Contra Costa Times was the 1st media outlet to set of the web fundraising effort, which started when Zepeda, president within the Hilltop District Neighborhood Council, assumed the function of “Principal for your Day” at Richmond High, his alma mater.
He discovered the school’s music class was missing enough instruments for their band.
“I asked the pincipal to supply us a variety of instruments needed i would develop a call to have community help Bring the music activity Back,” Zepeda states within his online fundraising page.
The online fundraiser seeks to raise $45,000.
Zepeda wants to start raising funds for Richmond High then again expand the effort along with other West Contra Costa schools. In line with the Times, cuts to WCCUSD programs have gone just $5,000 annually to the music budgets for all 35 schools.
Meanwhile, the interest rate in music at Richmond High is expanding. At the start of this school year, Richmond High had just eight students playing in their recently formed marching band. Now, much more than 80 are participating, band director Andrew Wilke said.
“Students have gone from knowing next to nothing about music to playing concerts while in the span of 3-4 months,” Wilke said.
He added, “There exists a probability to build a lasting program which makes not merely advanced level musicians who will receive college music scholarships, but instills the dear life skills of focus, passion, perception, and consideration that include the study of music.”
Below may be a directory of the demands for Richmond High’s music program. To donate funds or used instruments, go to online fundraising page here. You may also contact Zepeda directly at Cesar.Zepeda1@outlook.com.
Tenor Saxophone x4
Alto Saxophone x4