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2004-01-09 schools
SCHS lands musical instrument grant
INEZ - Christmas came a little early this year for Sheldon Clark High School band students, thanks to Simba Products, a Nashville-based company that manufactures and sells musical instruments and accessories worldwide. Simba Products provided Sheldon Clark's music program earlier in the school year with instruments valued at over $8,000, including 10 trumpets, 10 clarinets, five alto saxophones, eight flutes, two piccolos and 35 music stands.

The donation has meant less silent nights this year in the band room. According to music teacher Michelle Napier, "We have kids playing musical instruments who ordinarily would not be able to do so and for many children this is their first chance to play an instrument."

According to Simba Products President Babs Simmons, the Sheldon Clark donation is part of a larger gift program currently being implemented by the company. "We really are musicians at Simba," said Simmons. "All of us played in school and believe strongly that no student should be denied the opportunity to play because of limited resources in our schools. One of our corporate goals is to reach as many schools as we can with Simba instruments. The need is so great and we feel like we need to do our part."

Sheldon Clark is among the first schools to receive a Simba instrument grant, in part because Simba Vice President John Copley is a graduate of the high school. But, Michelle Napier, band teacher at the school, played a role as well. "She (Napier) is so amazingly dedicated to her students," said Simmons. "We wanted to show her how much we admire and support her efforts to keep music alive in our schools."

Simba Products manufacturers and sells high-quality musical instruments and musical instrument accessories designed to be affordable for everyone.

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