CYMBAL raffle to support Incline schools’ music program |

CYMBAL raffle to support Incline schools’ music program

Incline Elementary students from Ms. Korinek & Ms. Mintz’s classrooms, seen here last week, will be selling raffle tickets through the end of May to benefit CYMBAL.
Courtesy Joy Strotz / Strotz Photography |

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If you would like to contribute to CYMBAL’s fundraising efforts or become involved, contact CYMBAL at 775-831-8898 or email

Students from all three Incline Village public schools will be selling $10 raffle tickets around town through the end of May as part of the annual BIG CYMBAL RAFFLE.

“The raffle is an important way to raise the awareness of students, parents and community members, as well as directly involve them in making this fundraising endeavor a success,” said CYMBAL President Joy Strotz.

All students who sell at least five tickets are entered in a student-only raffle, where prizes include the opportunity to sit alongside a Reno Philharmonic musician for a rehearsal, as well as the opportunity to conduct the Tahoe Symphony Orchestra during its annual Messiah and holiday concert series.

Another feature of the raffle is the top raffle ticket-seller will win his or her choice of a Go-Pro or an iPad Mini, and second place will enjoy the remaining top prize.

Both prizes were contributed by local business, and Strotz is especially grateful to Alpine Interiors for contributing the iPad.


CYMBAL is a public nonprofit that supports the music programs at Incline’s public schools. Profits from the yearly raffle pay for much-needed instruments and their repair and maintenance, bus transportation to music competitions and festivals, as well as festival participation fees, sheet music and other expenses.

Recently, CYMBAL collaborated with Incline High School Boosters to pay for modern lighting equipment in the high school theatre.

“Most of this lighting was used at last week’s ‘Star Follies’ performance at Incline High,” Strotz said.

Over the last year, CYMBAL has helped to bring internationally acclaimed guest artists to our schools such as cellist Dana Leong, violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn and the legendary gypsy brass group from Romania, “Fanfare Ciocârlia.”

CYMBAL is also uniquely positioned to facilitate grants for music education and equipment from organizations such as Rotary and assists in important local music events such as the Rotary’s annual Music Competition.

Future CYMBAL projects may include contributions to the improvement of the aging high school theater, support of middle school and high school music productions, and scholarships for music student lessons.


In addition to supporting Incline School’s music education programs, CYMBAL raises an additional $30,000 each year to secure the full-time-teaching position of the Incline High School music teacher.

The Washoe County School District has only allotted Incline High a half-time music teacher, “and with the scheduling challenges inherent in a small school, we feel that having a full-time music teacher is a big priority for our students,” Strotz said.

She explains that this special area of their fundraising is made possible by a group of generous “angel donors” who contribute directly to the grant for the teacher’s salary.

“We are so very grateful for these generous contributors,” Strotz said. “Our high school music program continues to grow, and I expect it to soon become one of the biggest selling points of our high school.”

Strotz emphasizes that CYMBAL has succeeded in raising the necessary funds for high school teacher’s salary for the past two years, and is again actively raising funds for the cause.

Incline High School’s music program has recently been bolstered by the addition of a new music teacher, Todd Holway.


Holway grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. He started playing piano at age 5 and studied classical and jazz piano throughout high school and continued his studies at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo.

It was there he met the members of the band Mama’s Cookin’, which soon became a national touring band and is a Lake Tahoe favorit, and he eventually landed in Incline Village in 2006.

Holway began teaching music in 2008 and has taught private lessons at the Tahoe Conservatory of Music and the Tahoe Music Institute.

Most recently, he was the music instructor for the North Tahoe High School Jazz Ensemble, and served as the K-12 music teacher at the Creekside Cooperative Charter School in Tahoe City.

“I am so proud of the work the jazz band has done, and it looks like this group will be twice the size next year and probably four times as active next year playing out in the community,” Holway said.

Strotz is particularly pleased that Mr. Holway brought back the first pep band in “probably over a decade at Incline High.”

“It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the school’s football fans have that much fun at a game,” she said.

Holway says he plans to add a drum line to this fall’s pep band, and to continue to grow the IHS concert band, string orchestra, jazz band, pep band guitar class, and to help support the theater program in any possible upcoming theater productions.

This article was provided by CYMBAL.Visit to see updated raffle prize listings, to buy raffle tickets and get more information on CYMBAL.

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