The Rollstone Bank & Trust Charitable Foundation awarded Indian Hill Music a $ 50,000 grant to support the non-profit Community Music School’s Instrumental Music and Ensemble Training Program for Fitchburg and Leominster Students , and to support the growth of the organization as it prepares to relocate to its new location in Groton in the fall of 2022.
As a community bank dedicated to the citizens of the region, Fitchburg-based Rollstone Bank & Trust shares Indian Hill Music’s commitment to improving the quality of life for its neighbors across the region.
“Music programs in public schools are often underfunded,” said Martin F. Connors Jr., President and CEO of Rollstone Bank & Trust. “The Rollstone Bank has a long history of supporting the Indian Hill School of Music and we are honored to help them provide this very important education to students at Leominster and Fitchburg Colleges.”
The grant supports Indian Hill Music partnerships in two historically underfunded districts. At three colleges in Fitchburg, Indian Hill Vocational College offers courses in musical and stringed instruments and ensemble instruments. At the Boys & Girls Club in Fitchburg and Leominster, Indian Hill College offers extracurricular and summer classes and courses, including bucket drum and ukulele.
“I really like the class and the drums,” said 9-year-old Lucas. “I love to listen to his music and overall just like the beat and the drums.”
“I like to create my own rhythm,” said Alianya, an 8-year-old ukulele student. “I love the sound of the ukulele!”
“I love to beat on the drum,” said Kiana, who is also 8 years old. “I love my teacher. He is easy to learn.”
“What the group drum does for all age groups, and especially children and teens, is provide instant connection to their peers and their own emotions fueled by rhythmic movements and shared vibrations,” Drum teacher Tim Kane said. “These kids are learning to drum, but more importantly, they are getting to know each other.”
Now in its fourth year, the Indian Hill Music School Partnership at McKay Arts Academy in Fitchburg has rolled out the school’s first harmony program and offers free musical instrument and ensemble lessons to over 50 students from grades 4 to 6 every week during the school day. . Experienced teachers from Indian Hill offer lessons in traditional harmony instruments – woodwinds, brass and percussion – and lead student orchestras on several levels, culminating in their performance together in two annual school concerts.
At Longsjo and Memorial Middle Schools in Fitchburg, an experienced violin teacher from Indian Hill has been working with students since 2019 to provide string lessons and ensemble lessons. Although both programs were halted during the pandemic, Indian Hill Faculty is offering classes to some of these students online, and the organization’s strong in-person school partnership programs will begin once districts deem it necessary. ‘it is safe to do so.
“Rollstone Bank & Trust is helping Indian Hill Music at an amazing time. Even during the pandemic, we are investing heavily in all aspects of our organization, so that we can dramatically improve the quality of life for people of all ages and backgrounds, now and for generations to come, ”said Lisa Fiorentino, Chief from Indian Hill Music. General manager. “Rollstone Bank & Trust has made a generous donation to Indian Hill since 2013 and, in recent years, has been a leader in supporting our music outreach efforts serving students in need in Fitchburg and Leominster. We are very grateful for their continued support. “