Goshen News, Goshen, IN

September 28, 2013

Fairfield gives back

Marching band donating to food pantry


— BENTON — Fairfield marching band members want to leave the field after each competition having given their all, but now they are finding even more ways to give.

The band has started a community outreach program that will allow the students to say thank you to the community that supports them each week.

“We are so fortunate that we have outstanding community support from businesses and families and it felt like it was only fitting in some way to give back to the community,” director Andrew Muth said.

The program kicked off with a food drive during September, which is hunger awareness month. The students filled a donation box in the band room and will deliver the food to the Fairfield Food Pantry, which distributes the goods to families in need within the district.

“Not everyone is as fortunate as some of us are and it’s important to help out,” said drum major Kyle Johns, a sophomore.

Once the marching season is over, Muth said they will be taking other groups into the community to perform. Plans are to have students play at Greencroft and Waterford Crossing. The concert band, jazz band, winter guard and winter percussion will be involved.

Junior Tyler Koss is looking forward to the opportunity.

“We get to share our talents with people who wouldn’t normally see us,” Koss said.

Muth said he is pleased with the students’ reaction to the outreach program, and they are always excited to perform.

“I think they have responded really well,” he said. “We are trying to hit home that we can’t do what we do without the community and our community understands that arts is a crucial part of education.”