MASON, Mich. — "I play tenor drums which are in the drumline they are a set of four drums. So they kind of add color and a little more tonal variation to the beat,” Mason High School student Allie Muschong said.
14-year old Allie Muschong knows music and feels the beats.
“What can I say except you’re welcome [laughs]," Muschong sang the lyrics from Moana. "The drum part it’s kind of like a repetition of like what would be a bongo.”
For Muschong , the drumline is the tune that makes her heart sing.
That’s why she went to Facebook asking the community for their help to support it.
“Our drum harnesses are kind of a big issue because they’re pretty old and so it kind of physically hurts us," Muschong said.
Her percussion instructor agreed.
“We just get some sponges in there to help them pad it on up and you know so we’ve got a little bit of duck tape on there to help," instructor Michael Schorsch said while holding up a drum harness.“When we say that the equipment is worn out what we’re saying is basically saying is that it’s reached a state where it makes it difficult for the student to participate and enjoy the activity and our equipment is definitely there."
Michael Schorsch is a full-time engineer but has spent the past nine years trading his nights as a volunteer with Mason High School's drumline.
“I participated in fine arts when I was in high school and it was something that was very important in my life and I’m really passionate about and its something that I really wanted the opportunity to pass it along to young people,” Schorsch said.
This year he decided to turn their annual bottle drive into a unique push to set donations on the right track for the future.
“Our goal is to get a fundraising scheme developed where we’re doing $3,900 or $4,000 thereabouts every single year and then that way we can keep on rolling over and replacing equipment all the time without having to go out and do a special big fundraiser putting a really heavy burden on a single generation of parents or students to come up with the money or repairs to replace the entire drumline," Schorsch said.
The cost to replace an entire drumline is $25,000. They hope that putting more emphasis on yearly fundraising will help meet that goal.
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