Grant funds LPOHS music program

Musician Doug Bond sits with his soon-to-be Lake Pend Oreille High School students. (Photo by CAMERON RASMUSSON)

SANDPOINT — As valuable an experience as music education can be, it’s often the first to go by the wayside when funding is tight.

That won’t be the case for students at Lake Pend Oreille High School very soon. Thanks to a grant from musician Brandi Carlile’s foundation Looking Out, students will have a full year of music education ahead of them. Local musician Doug Bond will begin giving one two-hour music lesson a week — hopefully starting in December.

To make the process easier, Lake Pend Oreille High School could use any old instruments residents may have lying around unused. Acoustic guitars will be the highest priority, although the class will also likely need mandolins. A djembe or two — skin covered goblet drums — couldn’t hurt either, and all donations are appreciated. Call Lake Pend Oreille High School at 263-6121 if you have any items you’d be willing to donate.

The idea for the class started when Lake Pend Oreille High School teacher Randy Wilhelm began taking private music classes from Bond. He quickly became impressed with the musician’s ability to communicate the complicated aspects of music.

Wilhelm began exploring ways to bring Bond’s skills into the classroom. He finally landed at Looking Out, a foundation established by Carlile in 2008. The foundation’s mission is to address chronically underserved communities or groups of people by supporting the arts, women, public health, the hungry and the homeless. One dollar of every Carlile ticket sold goes to support the foundation.

Wilhelm recently learned his request was approved — the proceeds proved sufficient to establish a year of musical education at Lake Pend Oreille High School.

Wilhelm plans to continue searching for grants and foundations to help him extend the program.

“The kids here are very musical,” Wilhelm said. “To have a guy like Doug come in and give lessons is a really great thing.”

Bond is also eager to be a part of local musical education. A local musicians since the early ’90s, Bond was first exposed to Sandpoint when he and his band Pumpkin Ridge played the Festival at Sandpoint in 1992. During his time in town, he met the woman he would eventually marry and moved to Sandpoint a year later.

Since then, he has played the Festival at Sandpoint six times, most recently opening for Kenny Loggins.

His wide base of musical knowledge, from classic rock to bluegrass, helps him connect with a variety of students, he said. One longtime student Holly McGarry, recently  a full-ride scholarship to Berkeley School of Music.

“It always helps to know the kind of music kids like,” he added.

Read More News

Federal government blocks Dakota Access oil pipeline route

AP

December 04, 2016 at 9:36 pm | The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it won't grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota

Read More

Christmas gifts for hunters and anglers

December 04, 2016 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press People shopping in Idaho for Christmas gifts likely have a relative or friend who is an angler or hunter. There is absolutely no end to the products that are available in the retail stores for...

Read More

Hunter sales, reports online

December 04, 2016 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press People once again can buy Idaho hunting and fishing licenses and tags online, but they will have to establish a user name and password to get entrance into the system.The Mandatory Hunter...

Read More

2017 big game season meeting in Sandpoint

December 04, 2016 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is starting to collect public input to develop big game hunting season proposals for 2017 and 2018. Big game seasons are now set for a two year period, so the...

Read More