Nurturing the Next Generation of Musicians
Studies have shown that students who participate in musical activities have better academic achievement. The MMB has three programs that support its mission of encouraging music appreciation and education among our youth:
Summer Youth Band (SYB)
The free Summer Youth Band (SYB) program is open to all students enrolled in 6th through 12th grade who are interested in learning to play a musical instrument, or who already play a wind or percussion instrument. Each student receives a 50-minute group lesson with a qualified teacher and also has playing time as part of a band.
There is no cost for the lesson book for beginners, and a limited number of instruments are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Once these instruments are distributed, the program pays for a one-month rental of the instrument for those students beginning a new instrument. There is a minimum rental period of three months.
Students present a concert to parents and the public on the final day of the program.
As the number of students participating continues to grow, so do costs for instrument rentals, music, lesson books, and the auditorium rental. MMB is asking the community for donations to help offset the impact of those increases. Tax-deductible donations can be made out to “SUMMER YOUTH BAND” and mailed to Melbourne Municipal Band, PO Box 3105, Melbourne, FL 32902. Those who donate to benefit the SYB will be recognized in the printed Summer Youth Band concert program in July.
Providing Instruments for a New Generation (PING)
PING seeks donations of musical instruments and provides them to Brevard Public Schools (BPS). BPS, in turn, owns these instruments and administers their use by students who otherwise would not have the means to obtain an instrument. Cash donations are also welcome, and are used by BPS for mouthpieces, reeds, minor repairs, etc. Donors are sent a letter of appreciation for tax or other purposes detailing the donated instrument or cash amount (if $25 or more).
Community members can donate a no longer used instrument at any time by bringing it to a concert of the MMB or its ensembles or calling the MMB office at 321-724-0555.
Brevard’s Brightest Stars
Brevard’s Brightest Stars is a recurring concert segment that features a talented youngster selected in partnership with the Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard (CAFOB). CAFOB is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was formed in 2007 to provide assistance and support to creative artists of Brevard County who have exceptional talents in the fields of music, drama, dance, literature and visual arts.
Pictured at right:
Shannon Reid, Vocalist at our April 2018 concert, April in Paris