POPS Symphony gives out $11,000 in grants

Four area public school music programs are recipients of substantial grants from the Prescott POPS Symphony Orchestra.

Totaling $11,000, the grants are designated specifically to support orchestral and instrumental programs in intermediate or secondary publicly funded schools, said Shelley Brinkerhoff, chair of the POPS scholarship and awards committee.

Those receiving grants include $3,000 to Prescott High School band, Dan Bradstreet, director, for instruments and sound equipment; $3,000 to Granite Mountain Middle School band, Frank Lawhead, director, for sheet music and band uniform shirts; $2,000 to Prescott Mile High Middle School band, Shawna Kervin, director, for a new string bass and other musical instruments; and $3,000 to Mayer Unified School District, Jamie Paoletta, instrumental music teacher, for a new saxophone, instrument repair, and sheet music.

Prescott POPS Symphony Orchestra, founded by Prescott native Paul Manz in 1992, is dedicated to supporting and promoting quality instrumental and orchestral programs.

The next POPS symphony concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at Yavapai College Performance Hall in Prescott.