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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][qodef_dropcaps type=”normal” color=”#1d1d1d” background_color=””]M[/qodef_dropcaps]The Columbia High School (CHS) music program is growing at a remarkable rate, and now serves 600 students in more than a dozen band, orchestra and chorus ensembles. The school’s three talented music directors, Jamie Bunce, Peter Bauer and Todd Van Beveren, work tirelessly to provide exceptional programs for this enthusiastic group of students. And behind every team lies a great group of volunteers – in this case the CHS Music Parents Association (CHSMPA). [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”35px”][vc_column_text]

“It takes more than a village to give our kids the wonderful programs they deserve,” said CHSMPA vice president for communications Deborah Gaines. “It takes a finely tuned machine!”

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=”top” css=”.vc_custom_1513251177509{padding-top: 36px !important;}”][vc_column width=”5/12″ offset=”vc_col-lg-4 vc_col-md-4″][vc_empty_space height=”7px”][qodef_elements_holder holder_full_height=”no” number_of_columns=”one-column” switch_to_one_column=”” alignment_one_column=””][qodef_elements_holder_item background_image=”268″ item_padding=”77px 0px” item_padding_1280_1600=”89px 0px” item_padding_1024_1280=”89px 0px” item_padding_768_1024=”89px 0px” item_padding_680_768=”136px 0px” item_padding_680=”110px 0px”][/qodef_elements_holder_item][/qodef_elements_holder][vc_empty_space height=”33px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”7/12″ offset=”vc_col-lg-8 vc_col-md-8″][vc_column_text]This dedicated group works all year long to make sure the high school has ample resources to supplement a flat budget. Fundraising efforts are enhanced by thousands of collective volunteer hours at music events, trips, and behind the scene as drivers, tailors, chefs, and roadies.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”33px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]CHSMPA’s latest achievements include a gift of $20,000 to help music directors purchase a new piano for the choir room, additional percussion equipment, and to restore three string basses. CHSMPA Co-presidents Barbara Cokorinos and Bradley Kalos recently presented the check to Principal Elizabeth Aaron, faculty members, and District Supervisor for Fine Arts James Manno.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”43px”][vc_single_image image=”27″ img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”43px”][vc_column_text]

“We are fortunate to have CHSMPA as an invested partner,” said Mr. Manno. “I personally wish to thank this special group of parents for their continued contributions, service and dedication to Columbia High School’s music program.”

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”35px”][vc_column_text]CHSMPA also helps fund the “Pride of Columbia,” the school’s award-winning Cougar Marching Band. This year, the organization donated enough money to replace the band’s decades-old uniforms and provided hundreds of meals for practices, competitions, and road trips. Volunteers also cook for and staff the band’s famous “cookie salads,” a sumptuous buffet that is served during the third quarter of football games to both the CHS band and their counterparts from opposing schools.”[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”43px”][qodef_image_gallery type=”grid” enable_image_shadow=”no” number_of_columns=”three” space_between_items=”small” images=”29,28,30″ image_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”24px”][vc_column_text]

“I think the band might literally starve to death without CHSMPA,” laughed Director Bauer.

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