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Tomah Band playing a grand tune with Tools for Schools

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TOMAH, Wis. (WXOW) - The latest Tools for Schools award will help tune-up the band at Tomah High School.

Charlie O'Brien is the newest recipient of the $1,000 award from SSE Music, Brenengen Auto, Dependable Solutions and River Bank.

Continuing to build on a storied band tradition at Tomah, O'Brien said some of the money will be used to purchase tuning microphones that students can use to get instant feedback on the tone of their instrument.

"The reward is definitely the music,” O’Brien said. “The work we put into it is part of the process, but they know the reward is definitely worth it because performing music in front of others, sharing your talent and getting better as a person and as a musician is worth it."

O'Brien said the equipment will enhance the students' high school music experience, which will in turn enhance their life skills.

"There isn't necessarily one correct answer to a solution. There are so many correct answers, and you have that art of interpretation. That teaches students to not only be creative but to also problem solve," O’Brien said.

The rest of the money will go toward updating the school's sheet music library with new pieces for solo and ensemble competition.

If you have a school project that could use some extra funding, click here to apply for the Tools for Schools Award.

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