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Incline boosters seek donations to continue full-time music teacher position

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Incline High School music teacher Jim Krupa said he appreciates that the class sizes at Incline High are much smaller. Here, he helps teach the Incline Middle School Strings Class with IMS music teacher John Mueller.

The Incline Village public school's music Boosters organization "CYMBAL" will soon begin its yearly fundraising drive to support music education.

CYMBAL raises funds to pay for instrument purchases, instrument and equipment repairs, classroom equipment, new music, guest artist visits, buses to district competitions, a planned speaker installation at the elementary school, and other important expenses.

Each year, $35,000 is needed to secure the full-time teaching position of Incline's high school music teacher, Mr. Krupa, and an additional $25,000-$30,000 is needed for maintenance and support of the music programs.

The second annual "BIG CYMBAL Raffle" will take place from mid-April through May, with more than 600 music students from the Incline Village public schools having the opportunity to sell raffle tickets to support music in their schools.

CYMBAL feels that the raffle is an important way to raise community awareness as well as directly involve the students, parents and community members in making fundraising efforts successful.

Thanks to the support of donors in 2014, CYMBAL was able to continue its support of Incline public school's music programs, and the high school now has a full-time music teacher with tripled enrollment in high school music classes.

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"There's not a day that goes by where I do not feel gratitude for CYMBAL and the community," Krupa said. "It was a big undertaking and they really came through."

Krupa, who previously taught music classes in the Las Vegas area, would have class sizes of up to 75 students there.

He said he appreciates that the class sizes at Incline High are much smaller so he is able to offer students more individualized attention.

When asked what the highlight of his first year as a full-time Iteacher has been, he responded, "working with the students who are hungry to learn music, especially students who want to learn to play an instrument and play it well.

"To see the look on their faces and understand the excitement and pride they feel, That's a highlight."

Krupa ssaid he strives to light the fire of music in student's lives, "so they will be able to enjoy it for the rest of their life!"

AGING HIGH SCHOOL THEATER

In addition to support of the music program, CYMBAL is also looking toward the future.

CYMBAL recently surveyed high school students about the condition of the HIS theater and students' interest in taking part in a stage production.

Only 10 percent of student respondents were satisfied with the condition of the aging high school theatre, and the majority of students were very dissatisfied with it.

CYMBAL was surprised to find that 36 percent of students surveyed were very interested in participating in a stage production at the high school, which has led CYMBAL President Joy Strotz to believe the high school theater needs some updates very soon.

"Many who attend Star Follies at the high school theatre don't realize that all of the sound and lighting are outsourced by a contractor since the facilities at the high school are so outdated and inadequate," said Strotz, who performed as Marilyn Monroe in last weekend's Incline Star Follies. "The Incline High School facility is likely one of the oldest, if not the oldest, unimproved theaters in the district, and it's time for at least some basic improvements."

CYMBAL is happy to direct donations to a specified area of need, or use your donation where it is needed most within the music program.

If you would like to contribute to CYMBAL's fundraising efforts or become involved directly with helping CYMBAL with your time and expertise, contact Strotz at 775-831-8898, or email at inclinemusicboosters@gmail.com.

Also be sure to stop by the cymbalincline.org website for more information and to buy raffle tickets.