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Registration Opens for MMB’s Free Summer Music Program for Students in Grades 6 Through 12
16th May 2019 Registration Opens for MMB’s Free Summer Music Program for Students in Grades 6 Through 12
Band also seeks financial support to continue popular music program

MELBOURNE, Fla., May 16, 2019 – The Melbourne Municipal Band (MMB) is holding its 12th annual Summer Youth Band (SYB) Music Program from June 17 through July 11, 2019. Registration closes Friday, May 31. The program has grown to include nearly 100 students the past few years.

The free music instruction is open to all students enrolled in 6th through 12th grade who are interested in learning to play a musical instrument, or who already play a wind or percussion instrument.

SYB will run Monday through Thursday, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Church on the Rock, 4028 Babcock St., Melbourne (across the street from Palm Bay High School). Each student will receive a 50-minute group lesson with a qualified teacher and also will have playing time as part of a band.

There will be a jazz improvisation class two days a week from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Students must participate in the entire program to be eligible for this class and fulfill the following requirements: Students must have played their instrument for at least two years; woodwind and brass players must know their Bb, Eb, and F Concert scales; drum set players must be able to keep a steady jazz beat.

Students will present a concert to parents and the public on the final day of the program, July 11, at 6:00 p.m., at the Melbourne Civic Auditorium. The auditorium will be set up with long tables so the audience can bring a box dinner to enjoy during or prior to the concert. Participating students will be served free pizza and a drink at the conclusion of the concert.

There is no cost for the lesson book for beginners, and a limited number of instruments are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Once these instruments are distributed, the program pays for a one-month rental of the instrument for those students beginning a new instrument. There is a minimum rental period of three months.

`We are very excited to be able to present Summer Youth Band camp again this year,” said Kurt Schulenburg, program coordinator. “It’s amazing to see the growth in musical skills as the kids become more proficient and self-confident. We have had some students come back and tell us that the skills and poise they learned here made a difference when they went to college or started their first jobs.”
 
As the number of students participating continues to grow, so do costs for instrument rentals, music, lesson books, and the auditorium rental. MMB is asking the community for donations to help offset the impact of those increases. Tax-deductible donations can be made out to “SUMMER YOUTH BAND” and mailed to Melbourne Municipal Band, PO Box 3105, Melbourne, FL 32902. Those who donate to benefit the SYB will be recognized in the printed Summer Youth Band concert program in July.
 
Additional information and registration forms for the summer program are available by contacting Kurt Schulenburg at 321-987-7810, the MMB office at 321-724-0555, or via email at mmbpalsyb@gmail.com. Parents and students also can visit the band’s web site at www.mmband.org and click on the program details under “Announcements.” An online registration form is available here.

About the Melbourne Municipal Band
The mission of the Melbourne Municipal Band (MMB), established in 1965, is to bring free concerts to area residents and visitors, to promote music appreciation and education – particularly among young people – and to provide members of the band with an avenue for music performance and development. One-third of the band`s 80-plus members are professional musicians. In a typical year, the band serves 20,000 attendees, and its members give 27,000 hours of community service in the form of rehearsals and performance time.