"I feel as if the Haldane School Foundation has overcome boundaries and done a tremendous job in raising the bar for the quality of instruments and musical opportunities that are available in what has traditionally been a budget constrained, small K-12 program. Following that example, I have demonstrated excellence and stretched that bar within the music program myself this year. The Foundation has proven that we can build a broader program and grow our breadth of of instruments if we apply ourselves creatively. Accordingly, I undertook the project to secure funding for the repair of three old and broken school timpani that haven't been used in 29 years. I told my story to Steve Sterling (a Haldane parent and great fan of the music department) who secured $440 in funding for refurbishment and additional supplies from associates within the music industry. Then, my father and I spoke to repair professionals who gave us guidance on what to try. Others had looked at them and said they couldn't be fixed. We had nothing to lose, and happily our efforts were a success. Last summer and fall, I used the timpani to practice and prepare for college auditions. This spring, I returned them to Haldane and ran a series of timpani education workshops for the drummers in grades 4-12. Our newly refurbished timpani will take their rightful place on stage with all three bands ... I want to thank the Foundation volunteers very earnestly for the mission they have undertaken as they have set a fine example through their continued support of the Haldane Music Program."