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May 1, 2012 > The bands played on

The bands played on

Submitted By Kathy Kimberlin

Beautiful music was made and played on Comcast channel 26 for three consecutive nights March 20, 21 and 22, during Fremont Education Foundation's (FEF's) 13th Annual Band Telethon. This is the major fundraiser for the After-School Band Program where 4th, 5th and 6th grade students, at nearly all 27 Fremont district elementary schools, learn to play a band instrument and to play together in a band. We have over 1,000 students in the program this year with 35 band classes.

KK Kaneshiro from the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and Rick Geha of Keller Williams returned as co-hosts providing comic relief and guided us through inspiring interviews with students, instructors, parents, VIP phone bank volunteers and FEF board members. They reminded viewers at home that the budget for the band program is $140,000, and relies entirely upon donations from individuals and businesses that support music in the schools. There is no funding available from FUSD, federal, state or local government sources.

Walter Garcia served once again as our ever so competent studio producer, editor for school band tapes and camera technical director for live performances that aired during this television production.

Debra Watanuki, FEF Vice President, planned, scripted and directed the telethon with fellow dedicated committee members Kathleen Caine (Horner Jr. High teacher) and Denise Whitney (ASB band instructor). Kathy Kimberlin served as media chair, and Kim Scott energetically recruited sponsors and volunteers.

Phone banks were hosted at the Fremont Unified School District office, which also served as the television studio. Sybil Smith managed the FUSD phone bank and Sandi Pantages, FEF board member, managed the FUDTA office phone bank location. Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/Mason-McDuffie offered their offices in Mission San Jose for another call bank, but there were no volunteers available for that location.

Thanks to the generosity of the following sponsors, our hard working volunteers and volunteer callers were treated to nightly studio catering by:
Fine Arts and Eats Card -; Mirchi Cafe - 40900 Fremont Blvd. #H; Bijan Restaurant - 39935 Mission Blvd.; Round Table Pizza - 37480 Fremont Blvd.

A huge thanks to our sponsors who help us continue to make beautiful music together! Wells Fargo, Allegro Music, Niles Rotary, Fremont Bank Foundation, Dale Hardware, C&L Music, ABC Magic Moments, Blach Construction, Bay Area Contract Carpets and Media Sponsor: Tri-City Voice Newspaper.

Fundraising results to date from sponsorships, individual donations and pledges is over $75,000 and still climbing. If you have already made your online donation or mailed in your check we thank you!

Donations may still be made online at or mail checks to Fremont Education Foundation, 39120 Argonaut Way #381, Fremont CA. 94538-1304 Attention: After School Band.

Thank you for your pledges and donations to support the young musicians in our elementary school bands.

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