The Decorah Band Department recently received a donation from the Joey Headington Memorial.
Joey Headington was a 2003 graduate of Decorah High School. After his sudden passing in 2012, the Joey Headington Memorial Golf Outing was started as a day for friends and family to come out and spend the day remembering and celebrating Joey. Every year, because of the golfers and the generous donations of local business, the memorial committee is able to raise money and make a donation in Joey’s honor.
The money raised in 2016 and 2017 has been donated to the Decorah Community School District’s band program. These funds will be used specially to help sponsor the Boston Brass ensemble as well as purchase instruments that will be available for students who have fallen on financial difficulties and may otherwise be unable to participate in band.
“I was delighted when contacted by this committee about the possibility of this donation. It is really going to help get instruments in the hands of students whose families may not be able to afford them or those who have unfortunately fallen on hard times,” said DHS band director, Dustin Bliven. “We never want to turn away students because they are unable to afford an instrument and this donation is going to help get those students into our music program.”
“I was also excited when they agreed to help fund our performance with the Boston Brass, Dec. 19. Band, choir, and orchestra students in grades 7-12 will also benefit from a clinic held by the Boston Brass which will include concert preparation, overcoming performance anxiety and motivation toward a lifelong appreciation and love of the arts,” said Bliven. “I’m so impressed with this organization because their donation is offering instruments to fifth grade students and offering an amazing experience with the Boston Brass for our middle and high school students. We are very grateful for their generosity.”