FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 2, 2012
Glenville, WV– Mary Sue Bailey of Glen Daniel (Raleigh County), West Virginia, a December 2011 Glenville State College Music Education graduate, is now the band and choir director at Independence Middle School (IMS) in Raleigh County. Her school was one of sixteen schools in West Virginia chosen to receive a VH1 Save the Music Grant in conjunction with the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and community donors like the Carter Family Foundation.
The grant includes a package of thirty-eight Yamaha band instruments valued at $30,000 and is intended to jump start the music program at Independence Middle School.
“When I accepted the job at IMS, I had more students on my roster than I had working instruments available. The students had to share instruments and sanitize mouthpieces between class periods. It is a huge blessing to have so many quality instruments available for the students’ use. Knowing that my students can take instruments home to practice is great because they no longer have to share them. Nothing can take the place of a quality music education, and I can provide that to my students because of the education I received at Glenville State College,” said Bailey.
A school-wide reception event took place on September 20th, where representatives from the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Raleigh County Board of Education, and Beckley Area Foundation attended.
“We were very excited to hear about the new instruments that VH1 provided for the Independence Middle School bands and their director, Mary Sue Bailey. Ms. Bailey will help those students use the instruments to their fullest abilities as she is a very bright, energetic, and hard-working young teacher. We are very proud of Ms. Bailey. We cannot thank VH1 and Mr. Randall Reed Smith for their support of music in West Virginia,” said Lloyd Bone, GSC Assistant Professor of Music and Fine Arts Department Chair.
For more information, or to donate to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, visit http://www.vh1savethemusic.com/.