Skip to main content

News & Events


A Drumroll Please...

Spend enough time in East Grand Rapids and you’ll quickly learn how big a part of our community the high school marching band drumline is. Friday mornings at the middle school, Friday afternoons in Gaslight, games, parades, even Foundation events like last year’s Community Service and Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner. If the drumline is there, it’s kind of a big deal.

So this past winter, when band teacher Jake Castillo applied for a grant for new instruments for the drumline, the Foundation knew the purchase would go far beyond the band room. It was an investment in our students that would benefit the whole community.

“Our students have been practicing for drumline during weekly lessons since November,” Castillo says, “and have been rehearsing weekly since coming back from spring break. 

“They are so excited to be able to perform on new instruments that look and sound far superior to our old drums, which have reached the end of their usable life. All the drums haven't arrived yet, but the ones that have look and sound AMAZING! 

“We are so thankful to the foundation for this grant.”

Want to see more of what you did this year? Check it out.


  • Ray and Kristin Abraham
    Ray and Kristin Abraham
  • The Adamy Family
  • Sue and Marty Allen
  • The Bissell/Kruer Family
    The Bissell/Kruer Family
  • Dennis and Jennifer Bruce
    Dennis and Jennifer Bruce
  • Jason and Elizabeth Christopherson
  • Pat Connor
    Pat Connor
  • Nancy Cook
  • Damian and Sara deGoa
    Damian and Sara deGoa
  • Rick and Carol Godfrey
  • John and Deanna Green
  • The Iakiri Family
    The Iakiri Family
  • KV and Jena Lacks
  • Steve and Jenny McMahon
  • Dave Mehney
    Dave Mehney
  • Matthew Richenthal
    Matthew Richenthal
  • Elaine Rongey
  • Beth Wells Skaggs
    Beth Wells Skaggs
  • Abby and Rich Sorota
  • Nick Thole and Amy Turner-Thole
    Nick Thole and Amy Turner-Thole
  • Charley and Janine Thompson
    Charley and Janine Thompson