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Nov 29, 2022 – Jan 5, 2023: Matching Funds!

Matching Funds Alert!

To make a donation, click here: https://midlandscommunity.org/…/matts-music-memorial-fund/

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Together a Greater Good

 

We are pleased to announce that Matt’s Music is now on TAGG!

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Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile

 

We are pleased to announce that Matt’s Music Memorial is now on Amazon Smile!
 

That’s right, now Amazon will donate to us every time you order!  Just go to smile.amazon.com and tell them your charity of choice is the Matthew Lee Alexander Memorial Foundation, or click the image above!

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What are people saying about Matt’s Music Memorial?

My son is loving his clarinet! My first kid that truly wants to practice. Thank you so much!”

-Gretna Middle School Parent

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What are people saying about Matt’s Music Memorial?

“I thought you might like to know about the great impact one of your instruments has had! We had a bass clarinet given to our school last year by a local music company. That motivated 3 different kids to get to work on their practicing, then one of them got their own bass clarinet from Matt’s Music Memorial. Now, one of them was just accepted into the 8th Grade All State Band, one was an alternate for the Nebraska High School All State Band, and two of them will likely be in the Class C All State Band! Amazing!!! Thank you SO much!!!”

-Emiley Bond, Lincoln Christian Band Instructor

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Thanks for your support!

We can not continue to make a difference in local schools without the support of our local communities.

So, from the bottom of our hearts,

THANK YOU!

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Who are our kids?

Zen enjoys playing his trombone!

We know that instrumental music can quickly and easily become an expensive hobby.  Our mission is to make music possible for all kids.

 

Our belief is that being involved in band and orchestra does more than just teach kids to play an instrument and read music.  We feel it creates a positive outlet, channels kids into a productive learning environment, helps kids form connections with friends who have similar interests, and allows kids to have the experience of being both a team player and the confidence to perform on their own.

 

On top of these beliefs, statistics show that young musicians consistently out perform non-musicians on dexterity and non-musical academic tests.

 

And of course…. IT’S FUN!!!

 

The kids who are a part of our program would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in their schools instrumental music program.  They are recommended to us by their directors for many different reasons.

We love the fact that we get to work with new families and schools every year!

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Mel Alexander: Board Member

Mel

Although I played the trombone from 5th grade through my senior year at Blue Hill Community School, you would think that I would have been good, and you would be wrong. I started band with the hopes of having talent but as the time went on the talent never came. But there are a lot of memories I have with friends and classmates that I would not have had any other way. Band taught me an appreciation of music and the different parts, melodies and lines that I still use today as I work with the sound system at church. They don’t let me perform…remember the lack of talent thing!  But having watched Matthew play all the way through school and have a passion for what he was doing in band gives me the desire to help others that have the same desire to play. That is why one way I choose to remember Matthew is by helping other kids get started in band.  My job with the foundation is to assist wherever extra hands and brains are needed.

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Jane Boerger: Vice President & Inventory Management

Mom

Growing up I played clarinet in my high school band.  Playing was not something I continued after graduation and I really never gave it much thought again until my daughter, Kara Boerger-Alexander, chose to play flute in Gretna’s band program.  In order to support her, I got involved and made sure I attended every concert, competition, and volunteered to assist on trips.  It was through this participation that I began to realize how important music can be in a young persons life.  The band students were a close group and the experiences were fun and positive.  Matthew and Kara played in band together and having seen the positive influence it had on both of them, I feel this foundation is an amazing opportunity to not only honor Matt, but provide other young people with a positive experience that will help shape their futures.  I’m honored to be able to participate and hope you share our enthusiasm for the value we can bring to our youth through this foundation. My responsibilities include keeping the inventory and being chief gopher!

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Monica Alexander: Secretary & Treasurer

Monica

I have no band experience but I took some piano lessons as a girl and still really enjoy music, especially live music.  I regularly attend school band concerts in the area even though I have an “empty nest”. I am amazed at the talent and abilities the band instructors draw out of the students.  Through Matt’s Music Memorial the opportunity, benefits, and enjoyment of instrumental music can be available to even more students.  That excites me!  My primary roll with the foundation is bookkeeping and records keeping, but if you have any questions or would like more information you can always contact me.

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