San­dals Foun­da­tion Hands Over March­ing Band Equip­ment to Corinth Sec­ondary School

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Michele-Lau­ren Hack­shaw

Ear­lier this week those at the Corinth Sec­ondary School were over­whelmed with joy when San­dals Foun­da­tion made a gen­er­ous dona­tion; ap­prox­i­mately $7,000 worth of high qual­ity march­ing band equip­ment.

In a move to ful­fil its mis­sion of sup­port­ing the Caribbean com­mu­nity through in­vest­ment in sus­tain­able projects in ed­u­ca­tion, en­vi­ron­ment and com­mu­nity, the Foun­da­tion, has over the years, em­barked on nu­mer­ous en­deav­ours to im­prove the lives of the is­land's hu­man re­source.

Speak­ing at the dona­tion, which was part of the school's as­sem­bly this week, San­dals Re­sorts' public re­la­tions man­ager Judy Deter­ville ex­pressed, “Young peo­ple, you are re­mark­ably tal­ented. You speak well, you un­der­stand the is­sues, you know what's go­ing on. You have a won­der­ful school band, which I hope you all are very proud of.”

The Corinth Sec­ondary School band has rep­re­sented its in­sti­tu­tion count­less times with per­for­mances at var­i­ous func­tions, in­clud­ing a num­ber of dis­trict events. It has also par­tic­i­pated in San­dals' Christ­mas fes­tiv­i­ties as a band and choir.

Mu­sic teacher Ms Felicite Au­gus­tine Mu­raj ex­plained that the name of the band is ‘Corinth Sec­ondary School' be­cause wher­ever they go, they go as a school.

Ms Deter­ville voiced: “They rep­re­sent you [Corinth Sec­ondary School] when­ever they start to play. So, on be­half of San­dals, we are beyond happy to as­sist your school de­vel­op­ment as far as it re­lates to mu­si­cal de­vel­op­ment.”

While the school's band has been steady since 1987, the new march­ing band was im­ple­mented in 1999. Un­til now, it has had to de­pend on bor­row­ing in­stru­ments from the Po­lice Band and of­ten times from the SDA Acad­emy and the Cadet Corps.

San­dals' public re­la­tions man­ager noted that the Po­lice Band had al­ways been de­lighted to share its equip­ment with the school due to stu­dents' abil­ity of tak­ing great care of the equip­ment.

“There­fore, I know this equip­ment is in very good hands, she said.

In re­turn, the school's mu­sic teacher en­thused, “I am so happy, I can't even ex­plain it! I am very proud to say that the school can now an­swer the call of other schools when they come. We are ex­tremely thank­ful to San­dals Foun­da­tion for com­ing to our as­sis­tance.”

Corinth School now has its own drum corps thanks to the San­dals Foun­da­tion.

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