Christ The King Jesuit College Preparatory School

CTK Music Program Gets a Tune Up

Earlier this year, CTK received 39 brand new band instruments. The gift to the music program was made by Jeff Musser, the CEO of Expeditors. Expeditors has been one of our Corporate Work Study Partners since 2011. While Mr. Musser visited school in August, he noticed the need for new instruments.

“After visiting the school,  I was motivated to take action to make sure the students had opportunities for safe activities. It seems to me that music and sports do this for many of the children. Music can be a little more expensive than sports, but I think it offers equal opportunities to build character and discipline.”

This gift has generated a lot of energy among CTK musicians. “I am very excited about these new instruments. Our old ones were banged up from lots of student use,” remarked Bryanna, Class of 2019. “Now I won’t have to worry about them breaking down during performances.”

The influx of instruments included fifteen clarinets, fifteen trumpets, six trombones, and three alto saxophones. For the last three years, students have been playing on “hand-me-down” instruments, and 100 students shared 50 instruments. Not only did this limit the number of students who could participate, but many students were not able to learn the instrument they were interested in. Now, that is changing.

“This gift means a lot to our music program,” shared Eugene Westmoreland, our Music teacher. “Finding God in music and the arts is a very important part of the Jesuit education we offer.”

We are grateful to Mr. Musser and Expeditors for making such a generous gift in support of our students.