Joplin Music Program Relief Fund

Thank you for your support. We are no longer taking donations for the Joplin Music Program

With your support, The Foundation For Music Education has already sent $8,468.95 to the Joplin Music Program. Thank You!

Entrance to Joplin HS (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

As the tragic details of the Joplin Tornado and its aftermath continue to lead the news, many find themselves asking how they can help. The extensive damage of the storm includes homes, businesses, churches, and schools.

Joplin High School (the only public high school in Joplin), which suffered a direct hit by the tornado, was completely destroyed. School and district officials put total district damages between $80 and $100 million. At the high school alone, the band/orchestra room, choir room, and auditorium were lost. This includes all school equipment, instruments, and the music libraries. In addition, many of the music students lost their personal instruments to the storm.

Joplin HS Auditorium (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Foundation for Music Education created the special Joplin Music Program Relief Fund in an effort to support these music programs in their time of need. It is our hope that all supporters of music and music education will find a way to get involved in this effort.

The Foundation For Music would also like to thank the Harrison High School Band Department in Harrison, Arkansas. They reacted quickly to the Joplin tornado victims. Students, parents, faculty members and community leaders combined resources and took a truck load of supplies to the North Middle School in Joplin. Items consisted of (bottled water, personal hygiene items, non-perishable food and clothing). Members of the Joplin School District, band members and students from neighboring high school bands were on hand to unload the items. All of the items delivered were to be distributed to Joplin band families and school district employees and their families. Director of Harrison Bands, Randy Mealer worked closely with Joplin Director of Bands Rich Castor to coordinate the effort.

TFME would like to thank the following donors for their generous support of the Joplin Music programs:

Joyce Elaine Webb
Kevin Coons
Glynda Wester
Barton Bailey
Crystalyn Kirkpatrick
Genie Stevenson
Shirley Francis
Jordan Fleming
Katherine Clements
Marsha Gavitt
Carrie Williams
Christina Garcia
Josh Parker
Brian Coleman
Industrial High School Band
Marlene Tunison
Rebecca McDonald
Daniele Panzarin
Jennifer Keeney
Ryan Thomas
Kara Grossmann
Charlotte Royall
Dallas Phillips (In Memory of Edwin D. Phillips, Sr. – Founder of Phillips Travel Service in 1953)
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Kathryn Huey
Micah Schirado
Carroll Musical Instrument Rentals, LLC
Lake Travis Band Parents, Inc.
Claudia Taylor Johnson High School
La Cueva Band Boosters
Adrian Munoz
Mimmye Goode
Randy and Cindy Vaughn
Barbara A. Sypala-Conway
Friends of Cooperstown Muic & Arts
Carolyn Brown
Jon & Amy Locke
RBC Music
Hebron Band Booster Club
Aaron Alexander
John Cox
Sandra Loyal
Gallup High School Band Boosters
Coxsackie – Athens Central Senior High Choir
Coxsackie – Athens Central Senior High Band
Richard Floyd – UIL State Solo & Ensemble Donations
Coronado High School Orchestra Association
James Madison High School Choir
Frances E Rife
St. Joseph’s Colegiate Institute
Sheryl Baker
Kim Elizabeth Justice