TINONEE Public School received a boost to its music program recently, when owners of Taree McDonalds, Craig and Amanda Evans, donated a flute to the school band.
It is hoped the donation will go a long way towards the learning and development of generations of young musicians in the making.
At a school presentation on Wednesday, Amanda Evans expressed her delight to be able to assist the school in expanding its musical repertoire.
“The students of Tinonee Public School are the future of this region, and we’re proud to be able to contribute to their development in any way we can. We’re confident the donation will serve many young local musicians,” Amanda said.
“As local McDonald’s licensees, we’re passionate about the Taree community, and we’re always looking for new ways to contribute to the community we live in and love.
“But this donation is particularly close to my heart, being a school captain of Tinonee Public School class of 1986, it’s been a great pleasure to give back and support my local school,” Amanda added.
The Tinonee Public School Band – only in its first year – has recently enjoyed great success, winning the encouragement award at the Taree and District Eisteddfod, an event also strongly supported by McDonald’s.
Linda Matuszny, Tinonee P and C band committee secretary said the addition of a flute to Tinonee School would enable children to benefit from the many great things learning music enhances.
“It has been well recognised that the discipline of music transfers to study skills, communication skills, and cognitive skills for life. Every human culture uses music to carry forward its ideas and ideals.
“This generous donation from McDonald’s Taree licensees will ensure that students of Tinonee Public School can continue to experience being part of a band, and benefit from all the advantages that come with learning music,” Linda said.
The Tinonee Public School band program includes a performing band and an ensemble band combining talents of brass, woodwind and percussion students.
The band frequently performs for community social groups and at school events. Several band members have also participated in the Myall Lakes Music Camp and many belong to the Manning Valley Youth Band.