One Class At A Time: Mortimer Jordan High School

(CBS42)
(CBS42)

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1368746501&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4060659&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1368746501 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) –Some things get better with age.

However, that usually is not the case with instruments.

Cagle, the band director at Mortimer Jordan High School and North Jefferson Middle School, knows that all too well.

While many students are playing with new, flashy trumpets and trombones, others are having to perfect their craft on older, less-than-desirable instruments.

“Right now the class is using a euphonium from the 1960s,” Cagle said. “It’s more than 50 years old. So, obviously the goal is to buy a newer one.”

The new instruments cost around $1,500.

Now, Cagle may be able to afford the new instrument.

CBS42, along with co-sponsors Pepsi and America’s First Federal Credit Union, presented Cagle with a $1,000 grant as a part of the One Class At A Time grant program.

“Our kids work really hard. They fundraise. Our parents work extremely hard and do things like concessions,” Cagle said. ”We make money that way, but it’s not always enough to make the purchases we need. So, this grant is going to be especially helpful.”

While the grant won’t cover the entire cost of a new euphonium, Cagle says the school has enough money to make up the difference.

He says it is amazing how trading out a decade-old instrument for a new one can improve a student’s self-esteem.

With the grant money and some help from his school, Cagle will be able to raise their self-esteem, and continue teaching his students the arts.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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