Last October, Soma Higashi High School was severely damaged by Typhoon Hagibis. It was a widespread disaster and the school’s entire basement ended up being soaked with water. Therefore, it took time to determine the extent of the damage to the instruments and related equipment owned by the school or its wind ensemble club, which are the target of support in this project.
Mr. Konno, the music teacher of the high school and the club’s advisor, has been enthusiastically teaching children for many years. He is a trumpeter himself and well known club’s advisor to the wind players not only in Soma district but in the whole Fukushima prefecture.
Through the daily interaction with the school secretariat and the prefectural board of education, he managed to arrange financial support to the club from public funds.
However, the public expense is limited. The school has to pay for the cost of repair and the new purchase of most of the instruments. The instruments needed to be repurchased are trumpets and timpani. Also quite a few instrument cases need repair. We have received donations from many people, including supporters of GlobalGiving, but it is still insufficient because of the situation.
Soma’s young musicians, who have overcome the difficulties of Great East Japan Earthquake and Hagibis, have been active both in their academic career and the club activities. Nowadays, however, due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19), the school and club activities are suspended. Students are under the high stress of staying home.
The world is facing an unprecedented crisis. Thank you to all our front-line fighters for keeping our society and live safe. Let’s stay home and keep lives. We appreciate your warm and continuous supports to us. Thank you for your cooperation.