Kara Alexander: President, Fundraising Chair, Co-Webmaster

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Music has always been a passion of mine. My flute, piccolo, and I were active participants in the Gretna instrumental band program for eight years before I graduated in 2004. I still love to play when I have the time. In addition to this, band will always have a special place in my heart because it is where I met my husband Matthew.  This foundation is my new passion, and I thoroughly enjoy the joy and positive life experiences that we are able to give our kids through it. I am now a full-time student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha which gives me the flexibility to be the main point of contact for all of you! If you need anything, want to donate, or just want to say hi, please don’t hesitate to call anytime!

Monica Alexander: Vice President, 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.

Jane Boerger: Head of Inventory

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!

Jeanie Boerger: Co-Webmaster, Lincoln Contact

Jeanie

Although I only played my clarinet for a short time growing up I had the opportunity to watch the way it shaped and changed my girls when they were in school. I got involved with Matt’s Music Memorial because I immediately noticed the opportunities that this foundation would be able to bring to it’s community and I am proud to be able to be a part of their goals. I help keep this website updated as well as run errands for our Lincoln schools.

Mel Alexander: Board Member

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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.

Marshall Alexander: Board Member

Watching how happy it made Matthew to be a part of the entire band experience I believe it’s so important that other kids have that chance. It gives them an opportunity to feel accomplished and could maybe give them opportunity through music they wouldn’t have otherwise.