Music studio

Music students perform and play music inside the recording studio. A recent grant helped purchase eight guitars for the music program at Gateway to Success. 

By Colton Mokofsky 

Daily news staff writer 

The Gateway to Success Academy (G2S) music program has received a lot of support from the community.

The academy got help obtaining instruments and also instructors to teach music and video production. G2S Superintendent and Principal Jamie Bandstra said it’s important to keep fine arts a part of education. 

“These are areas that help students develop in so many ways — they’re academic and non-academic,” he said. “I think we have a lot of students who enjoy music and the arts and so I think it’s really important to keep that in part of what we do.” 

G2S got help from Ludrock and President Ed Santarelli, who toured the school and saw the potential for a music program.

“We thought a music program there would really be something exceptional,” Santarelli said.

A portion of the Ludrock 2017 funds — about $900 — was designated for G2S music. The academy used the donation to purchase eight guitars.

“We’re very excited about the opportunity to help them,” Santarelli said. “They didn’t have a music program, and there was a big interest in starting one.”

Santarelli didn’t stop there. He pointed Bandstra in the direction of someone who could help them get the most out of their gift. 

Santarelli knew that David North, the owner of Instrumental Music and Sound in Ludington, would help the cause. 

“We worked with Dave and found a great beginner guitar and (he) gave us a great price and took care of us and made it happen,” said Bandstra.

Santarelli also helped secure a baby grand piano for G2S. The instrument was gifted by Nanette Scribner.

“(The G2S students) were super excited about it. The kids are going to paint it and hopefully be inspired by it,” Santarelli said. “It’s in perfect working order. They’re just going to be creative and do something artsy with it.”

Read the full story in the Tuesday print and e-Editions of the Ludington Daily News. 

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