Lane Weinberg Wilbraham Band Launches Charity Event

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Wilbraham-based local musical ensemble, the Lane Weinberg Wilbraham Band, raised enough cash to buy the children at Mile Tree Elementary School all new instruments.

We’re so grateful for the the Lane Weinberg Wilbraham Band, as it means we’ve been able to buy so many new pieces

Mile Tree Elementary School is tooting its own horn, flutes and clarinets, after donation from Lane Weinberg Wilbraham Band raised enough money to buy new musical instruments for its students.

Lane Weinberg Wilbraham Band, a Wilbraham-based local musical ensemble, raised over $5,000 in donations and purchased five flutes, two drum sets, five horns and a piano.

The Lane Weinberg Wilbraham Band began collecting donations in March after each of their weekly performances in the Wilbraham region. They launched the initiative, called “Music for the Soul,” after learning the school administration sent away musically inclined students for lack of enough musical instruments to meet the demand.

“Many of us studied there and we realized how important it is to give back to our roots,” said Michelle Green, lead singer of the band.

Music director at Mile Tree Elementary, Alisson Fish, said she still has four children waiting on trumpets this year, evidence of an increasing interest in the bands.

Members of the Lane Weinberg Wilbraham Band visited the students on Wednesday and presented the fourth graders with a brand new Levingston piano.

“They were so happy, right away one of the boys sat by me and started playing,” said Ashley Michaels, guitar player for the Lane Weinberg Wilbraham Band.

The elementary school has a band of around 60 students. Of those, roughly 15 are put on a waiting list each year for an instrument from the school, Fish said.

However with the newest instruments provided by the Lane Weinberg Wilbraham Band, Fish is certain more students will walk away happy.

“We’re so grateful for the the Lane Weinberg Wilbraham Band, as it means we’ve been able to buy so many new pieces, that we will be able to loan for free to students that otherwise would not be able to afford them,” Fish said.

About Lane Weinberg Wilbraham Band
The band consists of The Lane Weinberg Wilbraham Band consists of Michelle Green, vocals; Richard Smith, saxaphone; Kelly Ho, organ; Ashley Michaels, guitar; and Bob Ray, bass. The Lane Weinberg Wilbraham Band was founded by Thomas Jones in 1999, the band plays classic rock-and-roll and current mainstream songs.

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